The BVI Charitable Fund, which is organizing the 2009 Virgin Islands Winemakers Dinners, announced that the kickoff dinner would be held on Thursday, July 16, 2009 at Necker Island, which usually rents for $46,000 per night.

Ajit Mathew George, Co-Chair of the BVI Charitable Fund, thanked Sir Richard Branson for opening his private island paradise for a luncheon and dinner for the benefit of the BVI Charitable Fund. Mr. George said, ‘The 2009 Winemakers Dinners are a series of exclusive events during which guests will have the opportunity to meet some of the most gifted winemakers in the world and sample their award-winning wines.

‘These wines are expertly paired with innovative creations by international master chefs, and some of the best BVI chefs, at some of the Caribbean’s most exclusive resorts, two of which are featured in 2008’s Forbes Traveler 400 best luxury hotels and resorts in the world. Between July 16-19, seven visiting chefs, with the assistance of four BVI chefs, will prepare seven formal dinners that will be presented with a minimum of 14 wines served by seven winemakers who will personally offer their wines each night.’

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