Experiencing contest withdrawal with the recent conclusion our 30+ days of Michigan Wine Month giveaways? If so, we've got just the ticket for you … literally.
The organizers of The Garden Party, a June 10 charity event at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, have generously offered up two tickets (worth $300!) for us to award to an MBTB fan. The 1-4 p.m. festivities will feature 100 wines paired with edibles from more than 30 well-known Michigan restaurants, such as Andiamo Restaurant Group, Beverly Hills Grill, The Epicurean Group, The Lark, The Townsend Hotel’s Ruby Grille and Trattoria Stella (one of our Traverse City favorites). There also will be a classic car display and live entertainment, all against the backdrop of Meadow Brook's lush grounds.
Want to go for free? Keep reading for details on how you could win...
All you have to do to enter our contest is respond to the following question:
If you were throwing your own garden party, which Michigan wines would appear on your menu, and why?
You can email answers to email@example.com or reply to The Garden Party post on our Facebook page. The more detail, the better, though the winner will be determined via the trusty random number generator at Random.org. We'll be accepting entries through Wednesday, May 23, with the winner announced Thursday, May 24. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. (Be forewarned: We may reprint your answers with your name on MichiganByTheBottle.com!)
For those of you interested in attending regardless of whether the Random.org gods are smiling on you, tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased by calling (313) 453-2200, Ext. 1400, or visiting www.thegardenpartymichigan.org. Attendees, take note: Attire is "traditional garden party chic," and ladies are asked to wear hats. Guests must be at least 18 years old.
Proceeds benefit the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan and Oakland Community College's Culinary Studies Institute; last year's event raised $35,000 for the two organizations. The Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan is headquartered in Troy and helps families throughout the state deal with leukemia, lymphoma and related disorders by supplying information, financial assistance and emotional support. The OCC Culinary Studies Institute is described as "one of the largest facilities of its type," providing hands-on experience in the culinary arts through award-winning faculty members.
Sydney L. Ross, owner of Highland Park-based Great Lakes Wines and Spirits, and his wife, Elizabeth, established The Garden Party Foundation with a mission to support Michigan charities and causes. The purpose of the celebration itself is "to create a pleasant Sunday afternoon that is pleasing to the eye, the palate, and, for its charitable aspect, pleasing to the soul." Organizers say the party's aim is to be "the finest and most prominent food and wine event in the state."
The Garden Party is presented by the Suburban Collection and sponsored by Atlas Oil, Bodman PLC, Celani Family Vineyards, Charity Motors, Comerica, GM Foundation, Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, HOUR Detroit, The Hungry Dudes, Korotkin Insurance Group, MillerCoors, The Morawski’s, Ryder, Plum Market, The Somerset Collection, UHY Advisors and News/ Talk 760 WJR.