Champagne Tasting for Breast Cancer…

March 4th, 2009

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure to attend the Seventh Annual Tasting Stars Champagne Event.  Foodbuzz asked me to go.  They had me at Champagne but when I saw that this Event raises money for Breast Cancer Network of Strength Illinois, I definitely wanted to go.  This Breast Cancer charity is focused on helping women now who have breast cancer by organizing support services.  Many of the people I met have been supporters of this organization for years. It is an important charity to support.

The event was held in a private residence on Michigan.  The owners hired architects to design their apartment around the art collection, including the greatest part of the collection, the city of Chicago itself.  Sounds awesome?  It really is.  I walked in to discover a storm trooper in the living room!  The apartment was very open both to the city and within the apartment. The owners supplied maps of the apartment so you know the title and artist of the work.  An elevator takes you to the second floor where there is more art work.  The venue was amazing.  Every detail of the apartment seemed to have been thought out.

The event was very informal. Servers circulated food and champagne as the guests mingled and talked. Many of the guests have been coming to this event for years. They stopped about ever hour to have a live auction and raffle. The environment was very comfortable. Several people stopped me to make sure that I saw a certain piece of art or the bathroom (which was all mirrors!).

Now, the important part…the champagne and food! I tasted the different types of champagne and learned a little bit about it. Certain champagne, the more expensive ones, are made from one vintage of grapes and are aged for a certain time. It makes the flavor fuller. I liked tasting the different types but I was still drawn to the Rose. After an Affair to Remember, I love my pink champagne. The food was great. My favorites were the lamb chops, wild mushroom purses (photo above) and the duck crepes. Towards the end of the night, they circulated cute little pink cupcakes and chocolate covered strawberries. Overall, I had a wonderful time. I met some really nice people and enjoyed the event. Thanks Foodbuzz for sending me!

4 Responses to “Champagne Tasting for Breast Cancer…”

  1. VeggieGirl on March 4, 2009 8:17 am

    Wonderful event!!

  2. Manggy on March 5, 2009 2:18 am

    Great cause, Ginny. And now I will TOTALLY be looking to you as the resident champagne expert if ever I get to Chicago again ;)

  3. Emily on March 6, 2009 3:41 am

    You lucky duck! I’m so glad you got to go to this event. It looks like a great time with lots of delicious food. I’d probably make a pig of myself.

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