November 5, 2003

Champagne Louis Roederer

Champagne Louis Roederer and Mayor Willie Brown

A Cristal Toast with Mayor Willie Brown

SAN FRANCISCO — Champagne Louis Roederer (Reims, France) and San Francisco Cuisine will co-host an afternoon of celebration with the City of San Francisco and Mayor Willie L. Brown to pay tribute to the great chefs of San Francisco Cuisine. The event is a kick-off for the 2004 issue of the Bay Area’s premier dining publication San Francisco Cuisine, which features a number of restaurants throughout the greater Bay Area and Napa. This special tribute will take place on Wednesday, November 12th from 3:00 until 5:30 pm on the Mayor’s balcony of San Francisco’s City Hall.

The event is a gathering of many of the top chefs who are featured in San Francisco Cuisine, and is an opportunity for Louis Roederer to pour their famous tête de Cuvée, Cristal. Cristal is the tête de Cuvée champagne created in 1876 at the request of the Russian Tsar Alexander II and today it is one of the most highly regarded champagnes in the world.

“The sumptuous cuisine of the Bay Area is a tribute to our diversity as a city – Bay Area restaurants have world acclaim and help encourage and promote tourism to this great city,” states Gregory Balogh, President of Maisons Marques & Domaines (the US subsidiary of Champagne Louis Roederer). “It is an honor for us to co-host this event with San Francisco Cuisine and Mayor Brown.”

“It’s hard to believe that we have just concluded our sixth year of publication, “ states San Francisco Cuisine publisher Patricia Trifari. “It is with great passion, dedication and talent that these chefs continue to create wonderful recipes, menus and presentations. They are truly incredible individuals, professionals and artists—they are our celebrities.”

The event [NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, BY INVITATION ONLY] will start at 3:00 pm on the Mayor’s Balcony, with a caviar tasting from Tsar Nicoulai Caviar complimented by light hors d’oeuvres from L’Olivier Restaurant. This will be followed by a Champagne toast at 4:00 pm by Mayor Brown and his accompanying hosts. Music for the event has been graciously provided by the University of California Youth Music Program which provides exceptionally gifted low-income students with professional training in music on a full scholarship basis.

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For more information contact:

Amelia Stephan at Maisons Marques & Domaines
(510) 286-2014, or visit: []