Atelier will hold a wine dinner on Tuesday, June 20 that exclusively features Black winemakers and distillers. Executive Chef Christian Hunter, currently a James Beard Award Finalist, will present an eight course seasonal menu to pair with the wine and specialty cocktail created by beverage director Ali Martin. Atelier will offer two seatings, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $200 per guest, plus tax and service.
The featured wines and spirit are as follows:
PlayPen Vodka: PlayPen Vodka was founded by two brothers from Chicago’s near west side community. PlayPen Vodka is made using Midwest corn, cold distilled and carbon filtered 6 times to preserve clarity of flavor. Inspired by Chicago summers at Lake Michigan’s Playpen.
McBride Sisters: The McBride sisters grew up two worlds apart but each in wine regions (one in New Zealand, the other in California). McBride Sisters has grown into the largest Black-owned wine company in the United States.
Wade Cellars: Wade Cellars was co-founded by Dwayne Wade nearly 20 years ago. Wade has recently joined the Executive Leadership Board of UC Davis’s Department of Viticulture and Enology.
Michael Lavelle: Founded in 2020 by four friends as a private label, Michael Lavelle is now recognized as the youngest Black-owned wine company owners.
Brown Estate: Brown Estate’s history began in 1980 when an abandoned ranch in Napa Valley was bought, restored and planted with vinifera vines. The grapes were sold to local winemakers. In 1995, the kids of the rancher's owners decided to make wine themselves.
Love Cork Screw: Chrishon Lampley started her winery from the ground up. Made right here in Chicago, some of her wines utilize indigenous grapes not often seen in winemaking.