Although I cannot personally attend (I will be traveling out of the country), other wine loving New Yorkers should add this benefit to their calendar. Yannick Benjamin, host of the Wine on Wheels fundraiser at Le Du’s wine shop on May 4th, is an outstanding man, sommelier, and wine educator, who resumed a life in wine after a devastating accident might have otherwise crippled his spirit forever. The fundraiser is to help others who suffer disabling accidents continue to pursue their dreams.
Wine on Wheels Fundraiser
Saturday, May 4th, 2013
Saturday, May 4th, 2013
1-4 PM at Le Du’s Wines
$50.00 advance ticket
$70.00 at the door
$120.00 pre-event access pass
Le Du’s own Yannick Benjamin and Alex Elegudin co-founded Wheeling Forward, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, to help disabled individuals resume living active lives by going back to school, getting back to work, achieving their life goals, and striving for personal fulfillment. Wheeling Forward empowers disabled individuals to achieve their life goals and live purposefully by bringing hope to the disabled community and providing tailored, individual support services, advocacy and mentoring.
No goal is ever too big or too small!
Yannick competing in the 2010 New York Marathon
The 2nd Annual Wine on Wheels Fundraiser brings together some of the top Sommeliers from New York City in a wine tasting of an EPIC SCALE. The event will also feature a silent auction, blind-tasting giveaways and food provided by Taco Morelos.
What wines pair best with fresh, delicious tacos? Why not ask one of our veritable troupe of guest Sommeliers, on-hand to pour and discuss the 75 fine wines being served.
Our team of experts:
John Ragan, MS, Union Square Hospitality
Hristo Zisovski, Ai Fiori
Aldo Sohm, Le Bernardin
Alexander Lapratt, Jean Georges
Paul Altuna, Le Cirque
Dustin Wilson, MS, Eleven Madison Park
Jeff Taylor, Eleven Madison Park
Joe Campanale, L’Artusi & Dell’anima
Pascaline Lepeltier, Rouge Tomate
Raj Vaidya, Daniel Restaurant
Thomas Pastuszak, Nomad Restaurant
Mollie Battehouse, VOS/ Maslow 6
Michael Madrigale, Bar Boulud
Jordan Salcito, Momofuku
Erin Scala, Public Restaurant
Kristie Petrullo, Petrullo Consulting
Matthew Conway, Marc Forgione
Josh Nadel, Dutch/Locanda Verde
Yannick Benjamin, Le Du’s Wines
Jean Luc Le Du, Le Du’s Wines
Eric Hastings, Brushstroke
Dana Gaiser, Martine’s Wines
Alexis Brock, Lot 18
Andre Compeyre, Benoit Restaurant
Sean Kerby, Riverpark
Andy Shernoff, Musician
Tom Gannon, Spire Collection
…and to close, artisanal cognacs by Nicolas Palazzi
Advance tickets are available by calling Le Du’s Wines at212-924-6999 or by ordering online here.
If you are unable to attend, but still would like to show your support please make a donation through the website.http://www.wheelingforward.org/wineonwheels2013/
Still not convinced?
Watch Yannick and Alex clowning in theirWine on Wheels promotional video.