Earlier this week, we asked you to share your "Michigan Wine & Dine Fantasy" with us for a chance to win two tickets to Wine & Dine in the D, a Sept. 20 soiree in downtown Detroit that benefits the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. And the randomly drawn winner is ... PAT RAAP! Pat, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize!
Here was Pat's response to her perfect night of Michigan food and wine, if money and logistics were no object:
"My wine and dine fantasy would start off on a trip to Suttons Bay. I would love to dine at North Country Grill and Pub. I love the ambiance; if it is a nice night out, to sit outside at the bar area would be wonderful, but if it were a chilly night, inside their cozy dining area would be wonderful, too. I would start off with a glass of Chateau Fontaine Pinot Gris, just because it is my favorite. Then I would order their totally awesome prime rib and lobster dinner (so i would have to be there on a Saturday). It is the best prime rib anywhere, and the lobster just melts in your mouth. With my meal, I would enjoy a glass of Chateau de Leelanau Pinot Noir. It goes well with my prime rib. To finish, I would have a glass of cherry wine — Chateau Fontaine — for dessert, for my sweet tooth. But for toppers, I would end with a Spanish coffee, which North Country is the best at making! That would be my total fantasy, other than to finish off the trip with visits to all our favorite wineries. Fall is the best, and hoping to be making that trip in a few weeks. Until then, I will keep fantasizing."
Congratulations, Pat! The prize tickets (valued at $300!) are courtesy of the event organizers, so we thank them profusely for the chance to give them away. Please read on to learn more about Wine & Dine in the D and how you can purchase tickets for this fun-filled event for a great cause.
Get the scoop:
Founded by Bloomfield Township resident Sid Moss, Wine & Dine in the D is celebrating its second year of pairing gourmet food, fine wine and top-notch musical entertainment to raise funds and awareness for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Last year's inaugural event reportedly raised more than $80,000.
Presentations will kick off the evening at 5:30 p.m., with talks by Dr. Jeffrey Margolis, medical oncologist at Beaumont Hospital and professor at Oakland University-William Beaumont School of Medicine; Dr. Jeffrey Zonder, associate professor of Medicine and Oncology at Karmanos and Wayne State University School of Medicine; Dr. Michael Lill, head of stem cell research at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles and the MMRF staff.
At 6:30 p.m., attendees can enjoy fare from 25 well-known metro Detroit restaurants like 24Grille, Atlas Bistro, Joe Muer's Seafood, Vincente's Cuban Cuisine, Tre Monti, Andiamo, Forest Grill and more, along with highlights from Michigan wineries and microbreweries and boutique wines from around the globe. It's all amid the unique setting of Orchestra Hall and the jazz vocals of Detroit's own Ursula Walker. A silent auction also will be held.
An after-glow reception for holders of patron tickets only concludes the night's festivities with desserts and cordials.
Moss, who has multiple myeloma, credits MMRF for improving the quality of life for himself and fellow patients through its research efforts. Sixteen years ago, Moss said in a prepared statement, people with multiple myeloma were given only a few years to live. Today, four drugs exist on the market that stemmed from MMRF research, and additional treatments are in testing, he said.
Get the goods:
Tickets to Wine & Dine in the D are $150 apiece. A patron ticket is $250, and gives the bearer access to the exclusive after-glow as well as the general event. Special tickets are available for multiple myeloma patients.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit http://WineAndDineintheD.com or contact Michele MacWilliams at (248) 625-0070.