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Vine & Dine to Raise Funds for Gleaners Wednesday

The 9th annual food and wine event hosted by the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber will benefit the Gleaners Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

Get ready to dine for a good cause this week, with the 's event this Wednesday at the (BBAC). 

A portion of the proceeds from the 9th annual food and wine extravaganza will go to the Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

"Vine & Dine is a fun night out to share with family and friends or entertain clients, while supporting those in need," said Andrea Kaczmarek, marketing and event manager for the chamber.

DeWayne Wells, president of Gleaners, said Vine & Dine is an important part of their fundraising year. Last year, Gleaners distributed 40 million pounds of food to more than 600 soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties.

"It is so heartening to see the Birmingham-Bloomfield community come together to support Gleaners from the food and wine vendors, to the sponsors and auction donors, to the hundreds who attend every year," said Wells.

"The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber never fails to put on an extraordinary event, and I'm sure this year will be no exception," Wells added. "Most importantly, Vine & Dine will help Gleaners make a difference in the lives of children, families and seniors struggling with hunger."

What is there to do at Vine & Dine? Eat plenty of local food, admire the art at the BBAC and give back. There will be a large selection of domestic and imported wines, a strolling buffet featuring local restaurants and caterers, and a chance auction with prizes from , the , , , and more.

Tickets are $65 per person, and last year, Vine & Dine provided thousands of meals for the hungry in Oakland County communities.

New to Vine & Dine this year year, Kaczmarek said, is a live performance painting demonstration by local artist Dave Santia, as well as live entertainment from Callaghan Smerek, the 17-year-old singer/songwriter from Farmington Hills .

Participating restaurants

If you'll be going to Vine & Dine this year, be prepared to check out food and wine from:

  • Beverly Hills Grill
  • Hills Fine Wine & Spirits
  • Kuhnhenn Brewing Co.
  • Maggiano's Little Italy
  • Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council
  • ML Spirits
  • Panera Bread — Bloomfield Hills
  • Roadside Bar & Grill
  • Wines of Distinction
  • WOW World of Wines

If you go:

  • When:  6-9 p.m. Wednesday
  • Where: Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (1516 S. Cranbrook Rd.)
  • Cost: $65 per person; special pricing available for corporate groups
  • For more information: Visit www.vinedine.com.

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