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We have tried to answer some of the frequently asked questions but if you have a question, which we have not answered below, please contact Ms. Kelton Wright at kelton@nailbay.com.
1. Who benefits from the money raised from these dinners?
    The net proceeds collected by the BVI Charitable Fund from the 2008 Virgin Islands Winemakers Dinners will be distributed to The BVI Red Cross; St. George’s School, Tortola; and St. Mary’s School, Virgin Gorda. Proceeds from tickets sales to the general public at the VIP Reception will benefit the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College.
2. Can you tell me how many courses will be served at any of the dinners?
    Every dinner will have a minimum of five courses. Some will have seven courses. Each course will be prepared by a different chef to compliment a particular wine that will be presented by one of the seven winemakers in attendance. Over the course of the eight dinners, we expect the chefs to present about 50 different courses with over 35 different wines with no dinner courses that will be the same. The menus featuring both the wines and food served at each of these dinners will be posted on our web site on or before July 21st.
3. How many people will be attending the eight dinners?
    Many of the dinners will be limited to 24-36 people in part because most dinners are being held at private homes. There will be a few dinners that will have as many as 60 to 80 people. Given the complexity of serving five to seven courses at each dinner and the fact that we have limited quantities of wine, all of which have been donated, we regret we cannot add any more seats to any of these dinners.
4. Are tickets available to buy for any of these dinners?
    There are still tickets available for purchase at $50 per ticket to the general public for the VIP Reception in honor of all the winemakers, the chefs and the sponsors on Friday, July 25, 2008 at the historic Sugar Mill Ruins at Nail Bay, Virgin Gorda. Seats at each of the eight dinners are only available to sponsors. For sponsorship information, please download here
5. Are sponsorships available for next year’s event?
    We surely hope this new event will become an annual tradition attracting food and wine lovers from around the world to the BVI. Sponsors of the 2008 Virgin Islands Winemakers Dinners will have the first right of refusal to become sponsors next year. To avoid being disappointed, please sign up as a sponsor this year.
6. Are there people attending this year’s dinners from outside the BVI?
    As of July 2, 2008, over 35 people from Europe ( Czech Republic, France, Germany and the United Kingdom) and the United States have confirmed their intention to come to the BVI to attend some of these dinners. This is indeed remarkable for a first time event but the caliber of the winemakers and master chefs coming to this event are attracting these overseas visitors.
7. Are overnight accommodations available at special rates?
    Since Nail Bay Resort is hosting most of the chefs and winemakers as our guests, there are virtually no rooms available between July 21st and August 4th at Nail Bay. Special rates have been arranged for our sponsors at the following resorts in Virgin Gorda: Biras Creek Resort (www.biras.com) Special Rate for the Winemakers Dinners: $325.00/night for two people including breakfast and lunch. Please contact Cleo Bradley at cbradley@biras.com or by calling the resort directly at 284-494-3555.
    Mango Bay (www.mangobayresort.com) Special Rate for the Winemakers Dinners: 10% discount. Please contact mangobay@surfbvi.com or call the resort directly at 284-495-5672.
    Rosewood Little Dix Bay (www.littledixbay.com) Special Rate for the Winemakers Dinners: premium ocean-view room rate of $395.00/night, normally $550-$700/night. Must add 17% tax and service and these rates are E.P. basis, meals are extra. Please contact Gerard Sclafani at gerard.sclafani@rosewoodhotels.com.
8. Will you cater to someone who is a vegetarian or with a food allergy?
    Please communicate by e-mail to Ms. Kelton Wright by e-mail at kelton@nailbay.com on or before 5 p.m, July 21st, 2008 and we will work with our chefs to cater to your allergies or your preference for vegetarian courses. After that date, we will do our best to honor any last minute requests but we cannot promise you that we can honor any late requests.
9. What dress is appropriate for the VIP Reception or at any of the dinners?
    While all the events will be very classy affairs, please dress comfortably taking into account that the weather in late July and early August in the BVI is very warm and humid. While the term casual elegance can mean different things to many people, it is NOT appropriate to wear, shorts, jeans or collarless shirts at any of these events. Many of the events will be held outside on grassy surfaces, terraces, patios and one dinner will be even held on a private beach, weather permitting. For this reason , please wear comfortable shoes. We will provide, as soon as we know, additional guidance for each dinner under the button “Event Info” on the home page of this web site.
10 What type of transportation will be provided to the various dinners?
    If you are staying in either Tortola or Virgin Gorda and are planning to attend a dinner being held on the other island, round trip transportation for each Winemakers Dinner will be provided at no additional cost on a private boat for sponsors to and from Tortola and/or Virgin Gorda, plus any ground transportation required from the boat dock to the dinner location. For the dinners at Mooney Bay and Biras Creek, both of which are in the North Sound in Virgin Gorda, boat transportation will be provided not only from Tortola but also Gun Creek in Virgin Gorda. Sponsors will receive complimentary round trip boat tickets on a chartered ferry boat together with ground round transportation for the VIP Reception on Friday, July 25 at The sugar Mill Ruins, Nail Bay, Virgin Gorda.
11. Will there be an opportunity to meet the winemakers and chefs?
    All the winemakers and visiting chefs (and in some instances with their families) are expected to attend the VIP Reception on Friday, July 25, at the historic Sugar Mill Ruins at Nail Bay, Virgin Gorda. In addition, the chefs and winemakers participating at each dinner will be introduced to the guests attending that dinner. Most sponsors will receive a framed 8” x 10” photograph with them and the chefs and winemakers at each dinner
12. Will I be able to buy wines from these winemakers?
    None of the wines presented at the Winemakers Dinners are currently available for sale in the BVI. However sponsors will get an opportunity at each dinner and at the VIP Reception to buy a few bottles of wines from some of the winemakers. In addition, there will be a small auction, at each dinner, of a few bottles of fine wines contributed by the winemakers and some collectors for the benefit of the BVI Charitable Fund.
13. Are children welcome at this event?
    Well-behaved children who would enjoy a gourmet meal are welcome. There will be no special menus for children. Childcare services can be arranged in Virgin Gorda at your cost by calling Tropical Nannies at 284-495-6493.
14. How many tickets may I purchase for the VIP Reception on July 25th?
    A total of 100 tickets are available for sale at $50 per tickets. All sponsors get a certain number of tickets to the VIP Reception at no additional cost. Tickets to the VIP Reception are only available for purchase by e-mailing Ms. Kelton Wright at kelton@nailbay.com or calling her at 284-494-8000 ext 712.
15. Is dinner and wine served at the VIP Reception on July 25th?
    The VIP Reception will not be a sit down dinner like the eight winemakers dinners. There will be a minimum of five food stations presenting a variety of food in small portions but you will not go hungry after tasting all the stations! Red and white wine plus a sparkling wine from the winemakers attending this event will be served.