Lots of Bubbly in Chicago
at Yelloween Extravaganza
By Roger Webster
HAMPAGNE Veuve Clicquot held its 17th annual roving Yelloween Extravaganza at the famous 19th century Dewes Mansion in Chicago. It attracted more than 400 elaborately costumed guests from the restaurant and wine world. They had a blast in the eerily transformed four floors and tented garden with special effects and a distinctly yellow glow.
There were palm and tarot card readers, gambling tables, blini, oysters, sushi and, of course, lots of bubbly.
Among the restaurant royalty taking a break from their kitchens were Charlie Trotter of Charlie Trotter’s, Michael Foley of Printer’s Row, Michael Taus of Zealous, Donnie Madia of Blackbird and Spiro Baltas of Tavern on the Green.
Clicquot president Mireille Guiliano and cellar master Jacques Peters presented cases of Champagne Veuve Clicquot’s prestige cuvée La Grande Dame 1993 as prizes for the best costumes.
Among the lucky winners were Tom MacDonald of Webster’s Wine Bar in Chicago, and Carly Johnston and Barb Izzi of Tampa Bay, Florida.