Pop Goes the Veuve: Celebrating Rizzoli’s The Seasons of Veuve Clicquot: A Social Cookbook for all Celebrations

Yasmin Warsame, Toufik Sarwa and Jenna Bitove

When Veuve Clicquot invites Toronto’s finest to raise a glass in honour of Stephane Gerschel, author of “The Seasons of Veuve Clicquot: A Social Cookbook for all Celebrations”, you can bet the kitten heels and french trouser set will arrive at that beacon of “the big decor gesture” – Teatro Verde in Toronto.

Guests sipped champagne to fete the opening of the world’s first Rizzoli Studio. Rizzoli’s Marco Ausenda was on hand to charm guests into his part of the world – high gloss, high production values publishing. Rizzoli is a leader in art, architecture, design, fashion, gastronomy and pop culture publishing.

Top 4 Reasons Veuve Clicquot / Teatro Verde / Rizzoli Affair was the Soirée of the Season

Shawn Gibson hasn’t slept since November (the holidays are his industry’s Olympiad) but still managed top notch hosting.Michael Pellegrino, Shawn Gibson, Marco Ausenda and Stephane Gerschel

Stephane Gerschel, author of The Seasons of Veuve Clicquot : A Social Cookbook for All Celebrations, looked good enough to eat. Spoon please.

20111221-111126.jpgMary Symons got the most enthusiastic round of applause, as usual. She’s the fairy godmother of swish society in these parts after all. Nothing’s out of place or ever amiss at any of her affairs.

Mary Symons and Matt Hehn

I got to unite with my fave local – and I do mean local – winemaker, Alejandra De Miguel, Chief Winemaker at Vintage One Wines. She’s one of the most savvy winemakers on the international circuit, born and raised in Mendoza, Argentina, to a family of world-class winemakers. Her first apprenticeship was at a winery in Spain when she was 17, and she continued her training at vineyards and wineries in Chile, Italy, Argentina. Luckily for Toronto, she’s set up her thriving urban winery in the city, drawing crowds and fanfare to her Vintage One organic Select Malbec, aged for 8 months in Hungarian oak, for big, bold imbibing.

Alejandra De Miguel and Si Si Penaloza

Photo Credit: Tom Sandler



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