Mark Your Calendars: 2011 Cheers and Chocolates on Saturday, March 5th

Feb 2, 2011

(Information provided by Every Woman’s Place)

The Twelfth annual Cheers and Chocolate sponsored by Meijer to benefit Every Woman’s Place/Webster House Youth Services, will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2011 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, at The Culinary Institute of Michigan.

The event features wine, beer and will highlight Michigan Wines in an expanded area. A majority of the wines are offered at Meijer stores along the lakeshore and in Meijer’s signature store in Cascade.

Cooking and wine demonstrations will take place in the state-of-the-art classrooms throughout the evening starting at 5:00 pm. Chefs and wine experts from Meijer, Kent Beverage and area wineries will work together and teach about cooking techniques, new wines, and pairings.

Tickets are $50 each and include a commemorative wine glass, as well as, wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert tastings. To purchase tickets online, visit or for cash and check purchases, visit Sweet Spot or Courses Restaurant at The Culinary Institute located on the corner of Clay and 3rd in Muskegon. Tickets sell fast and are limited to the first 650 guests. Last year the event sold out.

A limited number of tickets will be available for special seminars called “Pairings” from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. These seminars are an additional $25 and guests can choose to attend one of three seminars:

  1. Sausage and Beer featuring chef Trevor Bethke in the Charcuterie.
  2. Wine and Chocolate with Chef Justin Raha and wine experts from Meijer and Kent Beverage.
  3. Special Interactive Cooking Class with Chef Robb White, Dean of The Culinary Institute of Michigan, with various Michigan Wineries will pair up their wines with the meal you create!

A silent auction will feature gifts from area businesses and individual donors. As always, a wine refrigerator filled with wine from the Board of Every Woman’s Place/Webster House Youth Services will be raffled off that evening.
Michigan wineries include, L. Mawby, Black Star Farms, Leelanau Cellars, St. Julian, Lemon Creek, Clay Avenue Cellars, Lake Effect, and Bower’s Harbor to name a few. Representatives from these wineries will be available to talk about their wines.

The Beer Garden will feature Michigan micro brews paired with great food and sausages made in the charcuterie at the institute.

Sponsorships are still available for this event by calling the Development Department at Every Woman’s Place/Webster House Youth Services at 231-759-7909.