Chamber event blends food and art to help nourish our communities

The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber’s 9th annual Vine & Dine food and wine extravaganza is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, September 5, 2012, at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. Join the Chamber and emcee Jackie Paige from Fox 2 News as we bring awareness to this important cause.
 
“It is so heartening to see the Birmingham Bloomfield community come together to support Gleaners, from the food and wine vendors, to the sponsors and auction donors, to the hundreds who attend every year,” said DeWayne Wells, president of the food bank. “The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber never fails to put on an extraordinary event, and I’m sure this year will be no exception. Most importantly, Vine & Dine will help Gleaners make a difference in the lives of children, families and seniors struggling with hunger.”
 
“Vine & Dine is a fun night out to share with family and friends or entertain clients, while supporting those in need” said Andrea Kaczmarek, marketing & event manager for the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber. “Each year our Vine & Dine committee works hard to improve the event; this year we have a live performance painting demo by local artist Dave Santia and live entertainment by Callaghan Smerek.”

Vine & Dine offers guests an exceptional selection of domestic and imported wines, a strolling buffet featuring the finest local restaurants and caterers, and a chance auction. Last year, Vine & Dine provided thousands of meals for the hungry in Oakland county communities. Tickets are $65 per person and special corporate pricing is available for groups of 12 or more.
 
Food and wine participants include: 220 Restaurant, Beverly Hills Grill, Hills Fine Wine & Spirits, Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., Maggiano’s Little Italy, Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council, Mitchell’s Fish Market , ML Spirits, Old World Olive Press, Panera Bread – Bloomfield Hills, Peabody’s, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Roadside Bar & Grill, Salvatore Scallopini, Schakolad Birmingham Chocolate, Streetside Seafood, Touch of India, What Crepe?, Wines of Distinction, WOW World of Wine, Zazio’s and Zumba Mexican Grille.
 
Sponsors include: Diamond Sponsor: Center for Financial Planning, Inc. Exclusive Valet Sponsor: Mellen, Smith & Pivoz, P.C. Certified Public Accountants Gold Sponsor: Clark Hill Silver Sponsors: Bank of Birmingham, Huntington Bank and Honigman Bronze Sponsors: Styleline Magazine, Birmingham Principal Shopping District, Birmingham Patch, Photography by Doug Ashley.
 
Chance auction donors: Cranbrook Educational Community, Forte Belanger, Charwells Catering, The Townsend Hotel, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Winebar, Astrein’s Creative Jewelers, Kilwin’s Chocolates, Zazios Birmingham Chef’s Table and Chateau Chantal.
 
The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center is located at 1516 S. Cranbrook Road in Birmingham. The event includes complimentary valet. Business attire is suggested. To purchase tickets please call (248) 644-1700 ext 21 or 24 or visit www.bbcc.com or www.vinendine.com.

Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber, a membership organization dedicated to promoting the economic development, strengthening the business climate and improving the quality of life in Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township and Franklin, Mich. For more information, visit www.bbcc.com.