I belong to a group of women who get together once a month to socialize. We all work and sometimes a little business exchange might come out of it, but mostly we just talk.
We usually go to a restaurant or meet at someone’s home, which is what we did this month, but with a little twist — we had a professional wine tasting demonstration put on by The Traveling Vineyard followed by dinner prepared by a personal chef. It was held outside — poolside.
This wine tasting was a lot of fun because we had so many people that knew each other — there must have been 30 by the time all of the “friends” showed up for this special event.
Becky, our independent wine consultant, was a marvel to watch. She was an expert in sales and was a natural at it. I came to find out that her first job out of college was with Proctor and Gamble (at their headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio) and she said they put her through 17 interviews before hiring her. They even interviewed her parents’ friends! She said they were looking for someone who was “competitive”.
The routine is that there are six bottles of wine that are offered for tasting — 3 white and 3 red. Becky is not allowed to pour the wine (someone assigned by the hostess must do this) — this is how they can get around not having a liquor license.
The wines are not commercially available. Most were “unoaked” — a new experience for me. (Can anyone comment on this?) And bottles were mostly less than $15.00.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the personal chef was slaving away in the hostess’ kitchen. The results were delicious. We had chicken fettucini, french bread, salad with strawberries, nuts, and blue cheese. Dessert was a cannoli.
I’ve never been to an event with a personal chef and let me tell you, I can get used to this real quick. We all paid our way and it only turned out to be $15.00 a head for dinner.
So, get some friends together and get your own personal chef for a night you won’t soon forget.