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AIWF Hosts Michel Escoffier at the University Club


The American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF) and the University Club Atop Symphony Towers rolled out the red carpet to welcome Michel Escoffier, the President of the prestigious Escoffier Foundation April 20th, 2010.

With a rather who's who of foodies on hand, and the superlative service and cuisine of the University Club plus a who's who of guest chefs, guests enjoyed Aliane Wines with suggested pairings. There was Domaine des Chambris to get things going, a Chateau des Gravieres 2008 Bordeaux Blanc paired with oysters and shrimp, Aliane Chardonnay 2006 paired with lobster and scallops Aliane Beaujolais-Village 2007 Vielles Vignes paired with veal and cheeses, and Chateau Saint Ahon 2002 paired with the lamb and beef.


AIWF National Chair Lisa Lipton, honored guest Michel Escoffier and Linda Masters


Amidst the reception was a hushed reverence. Special guest Michel Escoffier after all is the great-grandson of the very auguste Auguste Escoffier, the noted founder of haute cuisine.

Michel magically charmed guests. He even fixed this reporter an appetizer plate! Merci! Yes he is very charming, but it's the wealth and history of fine dining that he and AIWF represent that made this night so impressive.

A little history from San Diego AIWF Chair Vickie Mogilner. "It was a magical evening that included a presentation on the Musee Escoffier del l’Art Culinaire in France, the birthplace of  Auguste Escoffier, the “the king of chefs and the chef of kings” 

AIWF facts and history:

"The American Institute of Wine & Food was founded in 1981 by Julia Child, Richard Graff, Robert Mondavi and Julia Child as a philanthropic organization.  With 27 chapters throughout the country, AIWF puts on monthly food and wine events, awards substantial culinary and oenology scholarships, introduces underserved elementary school children to healthy eating through its Days of Taste® programs, and publishes an e magazine Savor This. The AIWF Culinary Collections are housed at the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University and the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of California, San Diego."

Among the guests there were Veryl Mortenson, Linda and Dan Masters, AIWF of San Diego Chair Vickie Mogilner, Cindy and Martin Davis, National AIWF Chair Lisa Lipton, Nancy and William Lusk, and David Legere Chenelle, Vice President, Chefs de Cuisine Association of San Diego, Chef Rottiseur, and San Diego Chef of the Year 2008.

David had these comments about the food this evening. "The lobster was good and the scallops were wonderful. The lamb was flavorful and cooked perfectly."...." Brandt Beef was top notch as usual!"

Special thanks to University Club's Executive Chef Eric Mauritzen and his Culinary Team, Sommelier Stan Streblow, and General Manager Tommy Trause. C'etait merveilluse!!


 Membership in AIWF is open to all food and wine enthusiasts.

AIWF puts on monthly food and wine events, awards substantial culinary and oenology scholarships, introduces underserved elementary school children to good nutrition through its Days of Taste® programs, and publishes an e magazine "Savor This". The AIWF Culinary Collections are housed at the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University and the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of California, San Diego. 


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