NORTHVILLE — The third annual Wine & Dine in the D, an evening of gourmet food, fine wine and the jazz vocals of Detroit’s Ursula Walker, will take over the Woodward Ballroom of the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel on Sept. 19. The event benefits the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), which is committed to relentlessly pursuing innovative means that accelerate the development of next-generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure.
The idea for Wine & Dine in the D came from its founder, Bloomfield Township resident Sid Moss, who has the disease and credits MMRF for providing him, and other patients, with a quality of life that wasn’t attainable prior to the Foundation’s research.
The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a presentation by Dr. Jeffrey Margolis, medical oncologist at Beaumont Hospital and professor at Oakland University-William Beaumont School of Medicine; Dr. Jeffrey Zonder, associate professor of Medicine and Oncology at Karmanos and Wayne State University School of Medicine; Dr. Michael Lill, head of stem cell research at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles and the staff of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
The wining and dining begins at 6:30 and includes specialties from Metro Detroit restaurants — 24 Grille, Coach Insignia, Giovanni’s Ristorante, Joe Muer Seafood, and the Rattlesnake Club in Detroit; Pizzeria Biga and Eskimo Jacks Artisan Cookies & Ice Cream in Southfield; Maria’s Restaurant, Stage Deli and Baked Impressions in West Bloomfield; Beverly Hills Grill in Beverly Hills; Tre Monti Ristorante in Troy, Mitchell’s Fish Market and Fleming’s Steakhouse in Livonia, Assaggi Bistro in Ferndale, Big Tommy’s Parthenon in Novi and Andiamo, with locations around the Metro Detroit area.
Local Michigan wineries and microbreweries will be featured, as well as boutique wines from around the world. Famed Detroit jazz singer Ursula Walker will provide the entertainment, while attendees enjoy the food, libations and a silent auction.
A Patron-only After-Glow Reception in the Crystal Ballroom caps off the evening with desserts and an exceptional selection of dessert wines and cordials.
In 2009 Moss was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. As he recalls it was a scary time, when the 67-year-old realized that he might not be around to see his grandchildren grow. However, under the treatment of Dr. Margolis and with a stem sell transplant performed by Dr. Lill in Los Angeles, Moss’ cancer is currently in remission. “Seventeen years ago, before the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation existed, people who got the disease were only expected to live a couple of years. That has all changed. There are four drugs currently on the market that came from MMRF research and more are being tested,” says Moss.
Tickets for Wine & Dine in the D are $175 each, or $275 for a Patron ticket, which allows the purchaser to attend the After-Glow Reception as well. Special reduced-rate tickets are available for multiple myeloma patients. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit: WineAndDineintheD.com or contact Michele MacWilliams at 248-625-0070.