On Wednesday, September 12, Smith & Wollensky Las Vegas and VEGAS Magazine invited guests to a Pre-Wine Week Reception with a special twist. Smith & Wollensky announced its support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation and previewed the activities that will benefit the NBCF.
Over 300 guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres and wine and food pairings prepared by Chef Luis Flores and his team. As a nod to breast cancer awareness, a display of pink cupcakes was on display for dessert, and a pink wine was a featured pairing, Chateau d’Esclans ”Whispering Angel” Rosé.
A featured wine partner, J. Lohr, was one of the wines offered. Through its “Touching Lives” program, $2 is donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for every bottle of “Carol’s Vineyard” Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon sold. The program honors Carol Lohr, wife of the founder of J. Lohr, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2008. Carol’s daughter, Cynthia Lohr, was in attendance and thanked Smith & Wollensky for their partnership with J. Lohr and the additional support. Through the “Touching Lives” program, more than 2,500 mammograms have been funded to help support early detection.
Smith & Wollensky unveiled its new Pink Ribbon Pin, which will be available to purchase for $10 with proceeds benefiting the NBCF. Restaurant servers at all locations will be wearing the pin during Wine Week to show support for the cause.
Grey Goose was on hand to offer a signature Cherry Noir Cosmo, poured through a special ice luge and chilled to perfection. Try it at home with this recipe. Guests also sampled Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva wine, Stella Artois beer, and smartwater. Swarovski representatives modeled the brand’s new eyewear line.
Special thanks to all the partners who provided items for gift bags and the event raffle. Congratulations to our winners!
Smith & Wollensky Chef’s Table Dinner for 6 – Jillian Austin
3L Bottle of Chateau D’Esclans “Whispering Angel” – Ann Siege
3L Bottle of Marques de Riscal Reserva – David George
2-Pack of J. Lohr “Carol’s Vineyard” Sauvignon Blanc & Cabernet Sauvignon – Yvette Brown
Bottle of Grey Goose Cherry Noir – Devin Daniel
Pair of Swarovski Eyewear – Tami Hance
Photos courtesy of Al Powers.