UHN Foundation welcomed guests back to the 18th Annual Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival (Grand Cru), presented by ECN Capital.
Events kicked off on Thursday, October 27, when more than 90 vintners from around the world treated guests to a unique Halpern Portfolio Tasting. The Grand Cru Live Auction featured during the tasting, raised more than $1.3 million with guests having the chance to bid on rare items, such as large format wines, artwork by Jane Waterous and Edward Burtynsky and an Aston Martin DBX707.
The event’s crowning jewel took place on Saturday night when 19 VIP invitation-only Wine & Dine Experiences took place at private homes across Toronto. Twenty-four of the world’s most esteemed chefs developed 5-star menu pairings, including multi-Michelin-starred Daniel Boulud, Chef Patrick Kriss from Toronto’s newly Michelin-starred Alo, and TV host and restaurateur, Mark McEwan. The incomparable menus were developed around specially selected fine wines chosen by international vintners.
This year’s event raised more than $59 million for ground-breaking medical research and innovations across emergency medicine, diabetes, cardiac and vascular, brain, surgery, stem cell and vision care at University Health Network (UHN). Since its inception in 2005, Grand Cru has raised more than $127 million in support of UHN programs.
Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival will return this fall from October 26-28, 2023. For more information visit grandcru.ca.
All Photo Credits: George Pimentel