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GIG HARBOR FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL WILL SHOWCASE

Gig Harbor, Washington (June, 2010) –It’s time to celebrate the ingredients of the Good Life in Gig Harbor. The inaugural 2010 Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival presented by the Harbor History Museum and the Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association, will feature the culinary talents of Fabio Viviani, Owner and Executive Chef at Osteria Italian Restaurant and Martini Bar in Los Angeles California. Fabio was recently a contestant and Fan Favorite on Top Chef, season five.

In addition to Fabio’s food preparations, the festival will feature a grand tasting tent, gourmet foods from the region, cooking classes and demonstrations, wine tastings and classes, food samples, and an auction. Fabio will participate in a Celebrity Cook-off competition with another regional celebrity chef. There will be book signings as well by Mr. Viviani and other celebrated local and regional authors.

The festival will take place on the grounds of the Harbor History Museum. This inaugural destination event showcasing the talents of the nation’s finest wine producers, chefs and culinary personalities promises to be a remarkable wine and food experience. The festival will be a haven for foodies and wine connoisseurs, a celebration of “the good life.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Harbor History Museum and the Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association. Both are committed to preserving Gig Harbor’s rich history and charming waterfront district.

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The Harbor History Museum (formerly Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society) was founded in 1963, and opened a museum in 1973. The mission of the museum is to create opportunities to experience the heritage of the greater Gig Harbor communities. We do this by collecting, preserving, and sharing this area’s history. The museum provides a variety of public programs, exhibits, and educational outreach programs.

The Harbor History Museum is dedicated to creating opportunities to experience the heritage of the Gig Harbor Community. We do this by collecting, preserving, and sharing this area’s history. We are a 501c(3) registered Washington charity.

www.harborhistorymuseum.org

The mission of the Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association (GHHWA) is to bring together community and Waterfront District stakeholders in order to encourage economic vitality and to preserve the historic character and quality of the area. GHHWA is a 501c(3) registered Washington charity. www.ghhwa.org.

Fabio Viviani is the Owner and Executive Chef of Firenze Osteria Italian Restaurant and

Martini Bar, one of the most recognized restaurants in the Los Angeles area. Born and raised in Florence, Italy, he has traveled across Europe and is trained in classic Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. He incorporates Italian, French and Spanish influences in his dishes and believes that cooking is a craft. He is currently working on opening the Firenze4Kids Foundation, which will emphasize the promotion of health.

For more information about the festival visit the festival’s website: harborwineandfoodfest.com or contact Al Abbott, PR Manager Telephone: 253-853-4424 Email: ttobbaal@comcast.net

For more information about the Harbor History Museum visit the website at: www.harborhistorymuseum.org or contact Jennifer Kilmer, Executive Director

Telephone: 253-858-6722 Email: Jennifer@harborhistorymuseum.org

For more information about the Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association visit the website at: www.ghhwa.org or contact Mary DesMarais, Executive Director

Telephone: 253-514-0071 Email: executivedirector@ghhwa.org

For more information regarding Fabio Viviani contact Cherry Hepburn at

Cherry@putnam-smith.com