September 18, 2008

The Icing on the Cake of the 2008 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival


Contact: Robin Insley, +1-212-849-8256, [email protected]; or Kai Mathey, +1-212-849-8258, [email protected], both for the 2008 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival

Ferrero(R) Chocolates Present SWEET

An Evening to Tempt the Fiercest Sweet Tooth

With the Musical Stylings of Celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson

NEW YORK, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sweet dreams are guaranteed when Ferrero(R) chocolates, Perrier-Jouet, ABSOLUT(R) Vodka and Target(R) join together for an evening of mouth watering confections and cocktails. It all happens at Ferrero(R)chocolates Present SWEET Sponsored ByPerrier-Jouet,ABSOLUT(R) and Targeton Saturday, October 11, as part of the 2008 Food NetworkNew York CityWine &Food Festivalpresented by Food & Wineand Travel+Leisuremagazines.

Building upon its success last year, the ultimate late-night dessert party is returning with Food Network 'Ace of Cakes' star Duff Goldman. Serving alongside him will be 43 of New York City's top pastry chefs and confection makers who will attempt to outdo each other with dazzling concoctions of sugar. And for some of the nearly 1,800 guests who yearn for something with a little more bite, the city's favorite cheesemongers will also be on hand serving up their most creamy delectables!

The centerpiece of the Festival weekend, this year's event will feature sumptuous cakes, pastries and rich velvety candies created by the likes of Pichet Ong of P*ONG, Francois Payard of Payard Patisserieand Johnny Iuzzini of Jean Georges Restaurant. Guests can feast on Alex Stupack's (WD-50) Warm Brioche with Maple Syrup and Smoked Creme Anglaise; Nancy Olsen's (Gramercy Tavern) Pumpkin Cheesecake with Lime Whipped Cream and Spiced Cranberries and Deborah Racicot's (Gotham Bar &Grill) Maple Walnut Torte with Warm Roasted Apples.

And how do you top it all off? With delicate champagnes and spirits. Perrier-Jouet will offer guests a little extra sparkle with perfectly paired champagne selections from their world-renowned cellars. There's even a flowing Absinthe Fountain where attendees will be introduced to this exotic spirit newly available in the United States. Inside the Target Sweet Spot celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson will be spinning her trademark blend of music that has made her a favorite of the American Music Awards, The Sundance Film Festival and MTV Video Music Awards in Miami among others.

Ferrero(R) chocolates invites you to save plenty of room for dessert on October 11th when Perrier-Jouet, ABSOLUT(R) and Target(R) join them to host SWEET, a fantasy evening of desserts and fine spirits at The Waterfront, 608 West 28th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues from 9:00 pm - 12:00 am. To learn more or to purchase tickets at $175 each visit www.nycwineandfoodfestival.comor call 866 969 2933.

Ferrero(R)chocolatesis the presenting sponsor of SWEET for the second consecutive year, supporting the Food Bank for New York City and Share Our Strength(R), two admirable organizations fighting to end hunger in New York and throughout the United States. For more information on SWEET, the Ferrero family of chocolates and Ferrero's partnership with Share Our Strength please visit

TheAbsolutSpirits Company, Inc., is a subsidiary of V&S Group, part of Paris, France-based Pernod Ricard, headquartered in New York, and operates under the auspices of V&S Absolute Spirits in Stockholm, which produces and markets ABSOLUT(R) VODKA, ABSOLUT CUT(TM), Level(TM) Vodka, FRIS(R) Vodka, Plymouth(TM) Gin and Cruzan(R) Rum. The Absolut Spirits Company, Inc. imports ABSOLUT VODKA, Level Vodka, Plymouth Gin and Cruzan Rum in the US and distribute the brands through FutureBrands LLC, a joint venture with Beam Global Spirits and Wine.

Pernod RicardUSA is the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S., and the largest subsidiary of Paris, France-based Pernod Ricard SA. In July, 2008, Pernod Ricard completed the acquisition of the V&S Group, the parent company of the New York-based Absolut Spirits Co, Inc. (ASCI). In addition to the iconic ABSOLUT(R) Vodka brand (which is sold in the United States through Future Brands, a joint venture between ASCI and Beam Global Spirits and Wine), Pernod Ricard USA's leading brands include such prestigious spirits as The Glenlivet(R) Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Chivas Regal(R) Scotch Whisky, Jameson(R) Irish Whiskey, Wild Turkey(R) Bourbon, Seagram's Extra Dry Gin(R), Beefeater(R) Gin, Martell(TM) Cognac, Malibu(R) flavored Rum, Kahlua(R) Liqueur, Hiram Walker(TM) Liqueurs, Pernod(R) and Ricard(R); such superior wines as Jacob's Creek(R) and Brancott Estate(R); and such exquisite champagnes and sparkling wines as Perrier Jouet(R) Champagne, G.H. Mumm(R) Champagne and Mumm Napa(TM) wines. The company is based in Purchase, New York, and has more than 900 employees across the country. Pernod Ricard USA urges all adults to consume its products responsibly and has an active campaign to promote responsible drinking.

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