The name Mondavi is one of the most famed in the wine industry. Family patriarch Robert (who passed away in 2008) was renowned for his technical innovation and marketing savvy, qualities that helped not only his own wines, but the entire Napa Valley region, gain world recognition. This Thursday evening, Robert Mondavi’s children and grandchildren are continuing in his tradition by hosting a unique wine event at not only one location, but, through simulcasting technology, over 50.
The event, called “Celebrating the Legendary Blend,” has been organized as a partnership with Morton’s The Steakhouse, a national chain of upscale restaurants whose wine lists include some very high-quality bottles. For $175 per person, one can go to any Morton’s and be seated in the private dining room—where they will be linked via broadcasting setups to several other Morton’s restaurants and to the Charles Krug Carriage House in Napa Valley, where the Mondavis will host. All guests across the nation will then be served the exact same meal of food and wine, creating a sort of virtual banquet for over 2,400 people. There are six locations in the Chicago area, including the original near State and Rush, so there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find one near you. Check out the menu for the evening, and try to pretend you’re not intrigued.
The ticket price may seem steep, but there is an additional dimension to this event. Although the dinner is in part being held to honor the Mondavi family’s near-century of winemaking, the true motive for the event is to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which works to comfort children suffering from life-threatening illnesses by granting them their heart’s desire. So not only does one have the opportunity to partake of a rare wining and dining event, one would also be working to help this vital organization continue its mission. There will also be a silent auction starting at dinner and going until the end of the month, which includes a trio of premium wines from three esteemed Napa Valley wineries.
To make a reservation, and learn more about what you might expect from the evening, go to the Morton’s The Steakhouse “prime events” page. We hope you have the opportunity to check out this unique and noble-minded adventure!