NEPM Wine & Food Lovers' Weekend
Western New England's premier wine and food event returns March 10-11, 2023 to MGM Springfield. Join us for the 36th Annual Wine & Food Lovers' Weekend celebrating the legacy of Julia Child and featuring over 200 wines, beers and ciders curated by our partners at Provisions along with specialty foods from local restaurants.
A Wine, Beer & Food Tasting
Friday, March 10, 5-8 p.m.
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!
This is your chance to taste the best of New England. Sample more than 200 wines and craft beers presented by Provisions, plus a delectable spread of tapas-sized specialty foods from local restaurants and talented chefs.
The Wine & Food Lovers’ Dinner
Saturday, March 11, 6-10 p.m.
The celebration continues Saturday evening! Enjoy a unique foodie experience inspired by Julia Child with this elegant event, including a multi-course menu paired with wines expertly chosen by Provisions sommeliers. The dinner will be co-hosted by Amy Traverso of "Weekends With Yankee" and NEPM's Monte Belmonte, with special guests David Leite, host of the podcast "Talking With My Mouth Full," and Laurie Donnelly, executive producer of lifestyle programming at GBH.
Please note: All guests of the NEPM Wine & Food Lovers' Weekend must be age 21+.
Amy Traverso is the senior food editor at Yankee magazine and co-host of the television series “Weekends with Yankee,” as well as the podcast “Talking with My Mouth Full.” Previously, she was food editor at Boston magazine and an associate food editor at Sunset magazine. Her work has also been published in The Boston Globe, Saveur, and Travel & Leisure, and she has appeared on Hallmark Home & Family, The Martha Stewart Show, Throwdown with Bobby Flay, and Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. Amy is the author of “The Apple Lover’s Cookbook,” which was a finalist for the Julia Child Award for best first-time author and won an IACP Cookbook Award in the “American” category. Traverso lives in the Boston area.
Monte Belmonte was born and raised in Massachusetts and has been a radio host in western Massachusetts for the last 20 years — the last seventeen of them as host of “Mornings with Monte” on The River, 93.9/WRSI. During his time as host of “Mornings with Monte,” he developed several local fundraising campaigns, including the annual pre-thanksgiving “Monte’s March” for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Monte also serves as the volunteer president of the board of the nonprofit Shea Theater Arts Center in his hometown of Great Falls (Turners Falls). His new weekday radio show for NEPM is in development and will premiere later this month.
David Leite is the publisher of the website Leite’s Culinaria, which he founded in 1999. His first book, “The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe’s Western Coast,” won the 2010 IACP First Book/Julia Child Award. His most recent book, “Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression,” was published by Dey Street Books in 2017. In 2006, he had the distinction of being the first winner ever of a James Beard Award for a website. In 2022, David teamed up with new co-host Amy Traverso for his popular podcast, “Talking with My Mouth Full,” which has been nominated for various awards.
Sara Moulton was the co-founder of the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, executive chef of Gourmet magazine, food editor of “Good Morning America,” and the host of several well-loved shows on the Food Network during that channel’s first decade. A protégée of Julia Child, Sara is the author of several cookbooks including her latest, “Sara Moulton’s Home Cooking 101: How To Make Everything Taste Better.” The 11th season of her popular public television show, “Sara’s Weeknight Meals,” was seen on NEPM TV in the fall of 2022.
Christine Tobin is one of the most sought-after food stylists in the business, having worked on more than 20 film productions including “Julia” on HBO Max,” “Little Women,” “American Hustle,” and “Olive Kitteridge.” Christine brings a unique arts and culinary background to her craft as a graduate of the School of Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and a veteran of the Boston restaurant scene. She lives in Roslindale, Massachusetts, with her children Liam and Charlotte.
Maria Loi is an internationally renowned entrepreneur, author, television personality and philanthropist. Known as “the Julia Child of Greece,” she is the founder and face of a lifestyle brand that nurtures a healthy body and soul, melds the inspiration of ancient Greece with a modern approach to the Mediterranean diet, and helps people boost their immunity and improve their health, wellness and longevity. The author of more than 36 cookbooks, she is also host of the new show, “The Life of Loi,” which debuted on NEPM TV in December 2022.
Laurie Donnelly is executive producer for national lifestyle programming overseeing GBH Lifestyles. She is a Peabody, Emmy, and James Beard award-winning executive producer who has worked with WGBH for over 30 years and has created and launched 16 original national public television series in addition to mini-series and specials. She is the executive producer for several ongoing award-winning national Public Television lifestyle series: “Weekends with Yankee,” “Moveable Feast with Relish,” “Simply Ming” with celebrity chef Ming Tsai, “Road Food” with Misha Collins, and “Lidia Celebrates America” with Lidia Bastianich.
Olivia Wong is vice president of marketing and communications at American Public Television (APT), responsible for APT's brand and content marketing and communications strategies for programming content distribution, multicast channel CreateTV, and new initiatives. Prior to joining APT in 2021, Wong spent nearly two decades at public media flagship stations GBH Boston and WETA Washington, D.C.
The 36th Annual Wine & Food Lovers’ Weekend is sponsored by and partnered with Provisions, MGM Springfield, Yankee magazine and "Weekends with Yankee," AM Lithography, Durocher Florist, Happy Valley Organics, Richardson’s Candy Kitchen, the Dennis Group and Country Bank. Media sponsors include MassLive, The Republican, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Valley Advocate, and The Reminder.