Sun Winefest 2009 drew an all-star cast of celebrity chefs, wine, spirit and ale experts to Mohegan Sun entertainment facility in Uncasville, Conn., Jan. 17 and 18. Celebrity chefs included: Todd English, Jasper White, Robert Irvine, Mary Ann Esposito, Govind Armstrong, Jacques Torres, Douglas Rodriguez, Susur Lee, Christina Pirello, Elizabeth Falkner, Pichet Ong, Walter Potenza, Michael Ginor, Chris Schlesinger, Lydia Shire, Loretta Oden and Ihsan Gurdal. Wine, spirit and ale experts included: Garrett Oliver, brewmaster, Brooklyn Brewery; Peter Merriam, owner, Merriam Vineyards; Mark Lyon, winemaker, Sebastiani Vineyards; Stephanie Mills, U.S. Courvoisier Ambassador; Jim Collins, winemaker, Frei Brothers; Eric Cinnamon, winemaker, Rancho Zabaco; and Susanna Crociani, winemaker, Crociani Wines. Mohegan Sun executive chef Michael Luboff and his exceptional culinary team also took part in the events.

The celebrity chefs, wine, spirit and ale experts were featured throughout the weekend’s festivities in live cooking demonstrations, seminars, the Grand Tasting and the Celebrity Chef Dine Around.

The unparalleled culinary experience also includes an array of memorable desserts presented by chocolatier Torres and Mohegan Sun's noted culinary team led by executive pastry chef Lynn Mansel. A portion of the proceeds benefited the American Liver Foundation.