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“Culinary Rock Star” Guy Fieri Returns to Host Marriott Oaks Bourbon Brunch

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Release Date: Apr 10, 2012

Fieri1Louisville, KY - (3.22.12)–The Louisville Marriott Downtown is proud to announce celebrity chef and NBC’s Minute to Win It host Guy Fieri will return to host the fourth annual Marriott Oaks Bourbon Brunch benefiting Kosair Children’s Hospital.

“The Marriott Oaks Bourbon Brunch has become a Derby tradition and is a great kick-off for the biggest weekend in Kentucky,” said Michael Howerton, Louisville Marriott Market Vice President & General Manager. “We are excited to have Guy return and to have Charlie and Victoria Strong on board for this one-of-a-kind experience to that benefits a wonderful organization.”

A new addition is this year’s event will be co-chaired by University of Louisville Head Football Coach Charlie Strong and his wife Victoria. The Louisville Marriott Downtown has selected to partner with Kosair Children’s Hospital for the second year. Proceeds from the event and auction donations will benefit Kosair Children’s Hospital through the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

 “This event will help us care for the more than 140,000 children from throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana who need help from Kosair Children’s each year,” said Lynnie Meyer, MSN, R.N., Executive Director of the Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We’re thrilled to again be the beneficiary of this extremely memorable event. Both the Louisville Marriott Downtown and Guy Fieri know how to put on a great show for a crowd.”

John Ramsey, host of WAVE-TV’s WAVE 3 Listens Live, will emcee the event. Guests will be treated to a multi-course brunch with bourbon-infused food prepared by Fieri, known for his culinary and comedic entertainment during the program. They will also have the opportunity to bid on some one-of-a-kind auction items.

“Guy does a wonderful job of getting the crowd involved and has been known to auction off everything from the stove to his cooking utensils to his sunglasses.” Howerton said. “It’s an unpredictable and fun-filled morning with creative food, culinary art and extraordinary improv-style entertainment. And you’re off in time to make it to Oaks!”

Guy Fieri hosts several popular TV shows on the Food Network, including Guy’s Big Bite; Ultimate Recipe Showdown; and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. He also is host of NBC’s Minute to Win It game show where contestants vie for life-changing cash prizes. He us also the author two New York Times best selling cookbooks based on his show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.

The Marriott Oaks Bourbon Brunch will take place on Friday, May 4th beginning at 8 a.m. at the Louisville Marriott Downtown, 280 W. Jefferson St.  The event concludes at 10:30 a.m., so guests can arrive at the track by post time for the first Oaks Day race.  Tickets are $150 a person or $1500 for a table. Corporate sponsorships are available. The event has sold out for the last three years. To reserve a seat, call (502) 629-KIDS or visit http://www.kosairchildrens.com/marriottoaksbourbonbrunch

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