Deering Estate's Wine on Harvest Moon gala is Oct. 24

Deering Estate in Palmetto Bay.
Deering Estate in Palmetto Bay.

The Deering Estate Foundation’s 14th annual Wine on Harvest Moon returns Saturday, Oct. 24, with the theme Spirits, Spells & American Lore. The food-and-wine event is from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., in Palmetto Bay. 

The historic Deering Estate, a Miami-Dade County park, will welcome philanthropists and food enthusiasts for Wine on Harvest Moon, taking guests on a coast-to-coast journey through America’s culinary, literary and cocktail-y past. A Mark Twain-inspired Southern saloon with bourbon bar and a California-themed rock-n-roll region are on tap, pairing history with corresponding drinks and bites.

Participating chefs include Oliver Rodriguez of The Biltmore Hotel, Rojelio Fernandez of Brio Tuscan Grille, Diego Solano of Bulla Gastrobar, Rod Chitikov of Devon Seafood + Steak, Phil Bryant of The Local Craft Food & Drink, Jose David Diaz of Ventanas restaurant, David Lesser of Munch Thyme, Miguel Antonio Gomez Fernández of Pisco y Nazca, and Julia Ning of Station 5 Miami. 

Wines being poured: Frances Ford Coppola’s Vendetta Cabernet Sauvignon, Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc and Zinfandel, Merlot Devil by Charles Smith in Washington State, Boneshaker Zinfandel by Hahn Family Vineyards in Monterey, Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon and Seven Deadly Zins by Michael and David Winery in Lodi, California, Blanc de Bleu sparkling wine, and Toad Hollow Francine’s Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

A live auction and unveiling of the new 2016 BMW 750i (from sponsor South BMW) will add to the action of the night. 

Wine on Harvest Moon is the main fundraising event for the Deering Estate Foundation. Tickets are $150 for foundation members, $175 for nonmembers. Guests must be 21 or older. For tickets, call 305-235-1668 or visit

Evan S. Benn is Miami Herald food editor: @EvanBenn