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NYIT Will Honor Leaders in Food and Wine at the Gold Coast Classic

Honorees include Barbara Lynch and Michael Martini 


New York, N.Y. (April 19, 2011) – NYIT and co-sponsor Quarterly Review of Wines, will present its Professional Excellence Awards to elite leaders in the culinary and oenology community at NYIT’s Gold Coast Classic on Thursday, May 5, at the Ritz Carlton in New York City. The event will support student scholarships.

The honorees – Barbara Lynch, chef and CEO of Barbara Lynch Gruppo, and Michael Martini, master winemaker of Louis M. Martini Winery – will be celebrated at the gala for their contributions, innovations, and accomplishments in their respective fields. A committee of industry experts including Richard Elia, president and publisher of the Quarterly Review of Wines, David Reynolds, world-renowned wine auctioneer, and NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., nominated this year’s honorees.

About the honorees:

Barbara Lynch
will receive the Professional Excellence Culinary Award. Regarded as one of Boston’s and the country’s leading chefs and restaurateurs, Lynch was recently named the “Best Chef Northeast” by the James Beard Foundation. She has garnered numerous local and national accolades. As CEO of Barbara Lynch Gruppo, she oversees the operations of nine concepts and employs more than 200 people.

Michael Martini will be honored with the Professional Excellence Oenology Award. A third-generation winemaker, Martini learned the subtle art of winemaking and grape growing firsthand at his family’s winery in Napa Vally. Under his father’s tutelage, Martini developed his own personal style as a winemaker, bringing balance and texture to his Cabernet Sauvignon blends.

Proceeds from the gala will provide vital support for student scholarships. The evening will feature a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, and a three-course dinner prepared by the executive chef at the Ritz Carlton paired with wine specially selected by Michael Martini. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, visit To attend the event or for sponsorship, ticket sales, and auction lot donation information, contact Lisa Moore at 516.686.7644 or

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