With the development of our new LEX 530 Event Center nearing completion I have begun to focus on what sort of wine events we might hold in the event center. These thoughts run parallel with my desire to restructure and improve our existing Tiedemann On Wines Wine Club.
It seems like a long time ago now, but back in the summer of 2014 my good friend Jonathan Lutz, owner of Uptown Kitchen in Granger, and I decided to team up and start a wine club. Our goal was to partner with several other restaurants to introduce as many people as we could to various types of wine and food. Other partners at the time were McCarthy’s on the Riverwalk and Lucchese’s Italian Restaurant.
Since that time we have lost two of the Wine Club partners: McCarthy’s, which sadly closed its doors last year, and Lucchese’s, which chose to discontinue wine dinners. Uptown Kitchen remains as a Wine Club partner.
The club benefits include discounts on bottles of wine at our partner restaurant and reduced costs for special wine events. The cost to join the Club is a one-time fee of $10.00. In addition to those benefits, you also receive a wine tote bag and a subscription to my weekly wine blog.
We have had some great wine tasting events since we started: pairing wonderful food with many different wines. Some of our dinners even featured winemakers from around the globe. Over time our wine club membership has grown to just over 200 people.
As is the case with most wine club programs, they need to be evaluated every so often to make sure they are serving the needs of the members. It is time for us to do that for our Tiedemann On Wines Wine Club.
We will certainly continue to partner with Jonathan Lutz at Uptown Kitchen, as well as seek other partnerships in an effort to offer members a wide range of venues.
Of course, as I mentioned earlier one of those new venues will be our own LEX 530 Event Center. LEX 530 has features such as a fully equipped commercial kitchen, private dining space, and a two-way liquor license allowing us to sell wine and beer to our members and guests.
One of the concepts under consideration is to form a combination Wine and Dinner Club. Some of the items we are considering are:
- Regularly scheduled dinners at the event center or at partner restaurants
- Food prepared by guest chefs from around the Midwest
- Cooking lessons
- Weekly wine tastings on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Guest winemakers or wine representatives featuring their own wines or leading discussions on wine in general
These are a sample of the types of events we will feature, just to name a few.
To help us understand what you, the current members, or other future members want in a wine and dinner club I ask that you complete a short survey by clicking here. It will take about two minutes of your time to complete it. Your answers will be VERY helpful in the restructuring of our existing club and benefit all of us in the future.
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Until next week,
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