The New York Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children Gala Wine Dinner

Karl Wellner, Deborah Norville, Mary Pulido, Frank Sommerfield,Penny Grant, David Stack Karl Wellner, Deborah Norville, Mary Pulido, Frank Sommerfield,Penny Grant, David Stack (Photo by Annie Watt)

This year, The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children held its annual Gala Wine Dinner at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan. The event was superbly hosted by Deborah Norville, of Inside Edition, who is also a member of The NYSPCC’s Children’s Council. Founded in 1875, The NYSPCC is the world’s oldest child protection agency celebrating 140 years of helping and healing children and families from trauma, child abuse and neglect. The NYSPCC’s mission is to respond to the complex needs of neglected and abused children and those involved in their care by providing best practice counseling, legal and educational services. We were particularly impressed after hearing about the progress of the organization and seeing how their great work changes the lives of children and families. The event raised $540,000 for The NYSPCC’s Trauma Recovery Program.  For more information go to

The evening starting with a cocktail party featuring wines and Champagne from The House of Burgundy, Inc, Don and Sons, OPICI, Undurraga, Metropolis Wine Merchants, Canard-Duchêne and Notorious Pink, a rosé from the French Languedoc region – one of our favorites.

This was followed by a delicious four-course dinner created by Executive Chef Emma Bengtsson of Aquavit. Chef Bengtsson is the winner of two stars in The 2016 Michelin Guide, New York City. Aquavit offers world class Nordic cuisine and is located at 65 E. 55th Street, New York, N.Y.

The dinner started with grilled cauliflower with pickled pear and smoked goat cheese. The second course was a steakgravlax tartar with horseradish mayo, trout roe, dill and radish crudité. These two courses were perfectly paired with Mas Lavail Carignan Blanc Vieille Vignes, a white wine with a flowery bouquet including notes of citrus and spice. The entrée was a NY strip steak accompanied by Brussels sprouts, Hasselback potato, Cipollini onion and bacon. This course was paired with Chateau d’Or et de Gueules Trassegum, an outstanding choice that we thoroughly enjoyed.

For dessert -a seasonal apple cake with vanilla sauce, paired with a lovely Domaine de Lavail, Maury Blanc, a delightful dessert wine made from 100% Grenache blend with notes of pears, nuts and vanilla.

All of the dinner wines were donated by Robert Kacher Selections, an importer of fine wines from small, exclusive estates mostly in France.

This was a wonderful event to raise funds for their Trauma Recovery Program.


Charlotte and Leslie Goldblatt





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