Wine and Specialty Cheese Tasting

6:00pm at Le Lafayette Restaurant
(This is a Mondiale event)
Attire: Casual with magnetic name tags

There is no right or wrong rule when it comes to pairing cheese and wine. We each react to flavors a little differently. The fact is while it’s possible to make a bad pairing it’s not likely, and many excellent pairings defy logic. This event will help each of us determine what wine we prefer best with specialty cheeses from creamy to blue

World Chaïne Day Event

5:30pm at TBD
Attire: Casual with magnetic name tags

Every year, hundreds of bailliages around the world showcase the Chaîne with a wide variety of fun food and wine events — from picnics on Bonsai Beach, to luaus in Hawaii, to Everglades Safaris in Florida — celebrating our worldwide camaraderie

Black Tie Events

Induction Gala Dinner

6:30pm at Bay Colony Club
Attire: Formal Black Tie with ribbons and awards

This is the most important annual event on our calendar when we formally welcome our newest members in time-honored ceremonies and celebrate the pleasures of a gourmet table. This year’s event promises to be even more exceptional than usual with the theme “A Salute to Great Chefs”!

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

4:00 pm at Port Royal Residence
Attire: Hats! Hats! Hats!

This Ladies Only event will honor the quintessential English custom of afternoon tea, while showcasing an incredible collection of fine English tea sets in a member’s private home in Port Royal. Easter bonnets are required!

An Evening in Monticello

6:30pm at Grey Oaks Country Club
Attire: Jacket no tie, with ribbons

Thomas Jefferson brokered the sale of some land close to Monticello to a Florentine Viticulturist, Filippo Mazzel, inviting him to become his neighbor and help him realize his dream for the native production of wine in Virginia. The first plantings of European varieties were in 1774 in full view of Monticello. Today, the 25 miles of the Monticello Wine Trail is home to 30 wineries. Tonight, we will welcome a Virginia vintner and immerse ourselves in the full colonial experience of Jefferson’s day.Thomas Jefferson brokered the sale of some land close to Monticello to a Florentine Viticulturist, Filippo Mazzel, inviting him to become his neighbor and help him realize his dream for the native production of wine in Virginia. The first plantings of European varieties were in 1774 in full view of Monticello. Today, the 25 miles of the Monticello Wine Trail is home to 30 wineries. Tonight, we will welcome a Virginia vintner and immerse ourselves in the full colonial experience of Jefferson’s day.

Carnivale di Venezia

6:30pm at Teatro, Bonita Springs
Attire: Jacket no tie, with ribbons

Tonight, we’ll transform the Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center into the world famous ‘Queen of the Adriatic’ as we recreate the festive ambiance of the Carnivale di Venice, with great food and wine from the Veneto and, of course, costumes and masks!

Why You Like the Wines You Like

6:00pm at DeRomo’s Banquet Room, Bonita Springs
(This is a Mondiale event)
Attire: Jacket no tie with ribbons

Tim Hanni, author of the best-selling book with the same title as this event, is an internationally recognized wine expert and one of only two Americans to earn the title Master of Wine. Our guest speaker this evening, he promises to change the way we think about wine.

Twelfth Night

6:30pm at Venue, Crave Culinaire
Twelfth Night
Attire: Jacket no tie, with ribbons

It’s widely believed that Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night was first performed in the court of Queen Elizabeth I at Whitehall Palace in 1601. The play immediately became a favorite traditionally marking the end of the holiday season. With that in mind, tonight’s dinner will have a festive Elizabethan theme.

Pinot Noirs of the World

6:00pm at Bellasera Resort, downtown Naples
(This is a Mondiale event)
Attire: Casual with magnetic name tags

Pinot noir grapes are grown around the world, and tonight you’ll have a chance to try some of the best. Although the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France, other regions to have gained a reputation for pinot include the Willamette Valley of Oregon, the Carneros, Central Coast and Russian River AVAs of California, northern Italy, the Elgin and Walker Bay wine regions of South Africa, Adelaide Hills, Tasmania and Yarra Valley in Australia and the Marlborough wine regions of New Zealand. Pinot noir is also a primary variety used in sparkling wine production in Champagne and other wine regions