Explore new tastes, do some good at annual Vine and Dine

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published September 9, 2015

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Mix, mingle, sip, savor, repeat.

The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce’s 12th annual Vine and Dine will take place Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, and according to chamber Executive Director Joe Bauman, guests can expect this year’s event to be bigger than ever.

“Last year, we actually had to cut off restaurants interested in participating,” said Bauman. “But we’ve got some new restaurants this year, new beer and wine vendors, and more entertainment. It’s going to be a really great night.”

The night out doubles as a fundraiser for the chamber — its second largest of the year — as well as a benefit for Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. Guests can sample “signature tastes” from more than 20 chefs, taste brews at the beer station, choose from around 65 wines to try, and listen to live musical performances from Axis Music Academy and Nuclassica.

“We’ve got Big Rock (Chophouse) back with us this year, and Townhouse Bistro. Granite City (Food & Brewery) will be doing our beer station, and Imerman Cake is pairing up with The Office Coffee Shop to do coffee and dessert afterwards,” said Bauman. 

Guests can peruse the chance auction and bid on prizes that range from “Best of Birmingham” retail packages all the way through more extravagant things, like airfare for two to anywhere in the continental United States, provided by Departure Travel Management.

Of course, a good time is made a little bit better by knowing that proceeds from the evening will benefit the chamber’s work to promote local businesses and provide resources to business owners. In addition, Gleaners comes away with not only a donation, but also new connections in the Birmingham-Bloomfield community.

“Vine and Dine is very worthwhile for us,” said Anne Schenk, vice president of advancement for Gleaners. “The monetary donation we get certainly provides several thousand meals to the community, and the event gets us the chance to meet and network with an important audience for us so that we can hopefully engage them in our mission.”

Vine and Dine will be held 6-9 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Cranbrook Institute of Science. Tickets for Vine and Dine cost $75 per person in advance. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.bbcc.com or call (248) 644-1700.

The Cranbrook Institute of Science is located at 39221 Woodward Ave. in Bloomfield Hills.

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