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Master of Wine Chris Cree to headline NCC Food & Wine Gala


Chris Cree, founder and managing partner of Cree Wine Company, is coming to the Lehigh Valley on May 31 to headline the 2024 Northampton Community College (NCC) Food & Wine Gala.

The event is the college’s largest annual fundraising event and supports scholarships for students who are most in need.

Cree is one of only 56 people in the country, and the only one in the region, to earn the distinction of Master of Wine. His vast knowledge on the subject is the result of learning the wine trade from the ground up, traveling to many wine regions and wineries, working during harvest, researching – and of course, tasting. He has worked in many aspects of the industry, including retail, wholesale, import, restaurant, marketing, and as an educator.

The NCC Food & Wine Gala is an offshoot of the Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival. Now in its second year, the NCC Food & Wine Gala will return to its roots and take place in the Arthur L. Scott Spartan Center on NCC’s Bethlehem campus.

The evening will include a cocktail hour, a three-course dinner with delectable wine pairings selected by Cree, a dessert, open bar, and live music from The Weekenders.

The gala will also include an auction featuring opportunities to bid on vintage collectable wines, amazing experiences, and other activities to support NCC.

All proceeds from the gala directly benefit NCC students. To date, the event has raised over $2.5 million for scholarships at the college.

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