A sell-out crowd of nearly 400 gathered at The Corinthian for the annual Houston Symphony Wine Dinner and Collector’s Auction on Friday, March 13 at The Corinthian.
During cocktail hour, guests explored the auction of vintage wines and were serenaded by Houston Symphony musicians as they enjoyed hors d-oeuvres courtesy of the evening’s special guest, world-renowned Chef Wolfgang Puck. The celebrity chef offered guests a variety of appetizers including his highly acclaimed pizzas; spicy tuna tartare served in sesame miso cones garnished with picked ginger; and mini burgers with aged cheddar and remoulade.
At the auction, guests bid on spectacular and rare wines, spirits, trips, dinners, and experiences that would please any wine enthusiast. One of the more exciting auction items was a signed 17-bottle horizontal of Stags Leap Region 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon: “The Appellation Collection,” one of only fifteen produced in which each of the wine bottles are signed by the principal and/or wine maker.
Dinner was kicked off by a special musical performance by Houston Symphony musicians Mark Hughes, Principal trumpet and Robert Walp, Assistant Principal trumpet; Brian Thomas, horn; and Allen Barnhill, Principal trombone.The black-tie crowd enjoyed a delectable multi-course dinner specially designed for the event by Chef Wolfgang Puck and his exquisite team at Wolfgang Puck Catering.
The event raised more than $500,000 for the community activities of the Houston Symphony’s musicians. As guests departed, they were given macaroons, a special touch by Jackson and Company.