Monthly social organization Ladies of the Vine Wine Club is going global for January’s gathering, in the second of a series of dining experiences where members will be given the chance to sip, sample and savor cuisine and wines from around the world.
On the heels of “Visiting India” in November, which was the first “Ladies of the Vine Goes Global” event, the club received several requests to add more ethnic dinners to their monthly rotation. Thanks to the popularity of the last event, the club is offering “Ladies of the Vine Goes Global” every other month, discounting the usual ticket price of $60 down to $55 per event.
The next “Ladies of the Vine Goes Global” will be held on Tuesday, January 17 at Papaya Restaurant & Lounge in the Chippewa district of downtown Buffalo. Festivities kick off at 6:00 p.m., where ladies will sample Southeast Asian fare from sushi to Pad Thai and enjoy paired wines to go along with the meal. The $55 cost to attend this event includes a three-course meal and accompanying wines, as well the chance to win prizes.
Ladies of the Vine Wine Club was founded in 2009 (see previous post) by Buffalo native Kristin Scholz, who first formed this social club while living in Florida. Upon returning to the Queen City, Kristin found the same need for women in Buffalo to have the opportunity to meet each other and gain new friends or business contacts. Less a professional networking group and more an organization that supports camaraderie amongst women of all ages, demographics and backgrounds, Ladies of the Vine is open to anyone who is interested in meeting new people and enjoying some of Buffalo’s best restaurants.
“We want women to get to know each other…a lot of women have made great friendships from this [group],” explains Kristin. “It’s just a fun night out to get away from work, get away from your family, be with your friends, and try a different restaurant that Buffalo has to offer.”
She continues, “This club provides women with the opportunity to relax, catch up with old friends and meet new ones.”
Further, the group typically invites a sommelier to the events to share their expertise on each of the featured wines, so participants can learn more about what they’re sampling. Depending on the venue, local boutiques may be invited to attend to showcase fashionable goods. A portion of each event’s proceeds benefits Everywoman Opportunity Center, a non-profit dedicated to helping help women in Western New York achieve personal and economic self-sufficiency.
Ladies of the Vine Wine Club usually meets the second Tuesday of every month ($60 per event), which garners participation from about 50-80 women of various ages and backgrounds. There is no membership cost to join this group, outside of the monthly fee ($55-60) for each dinner, which covers the cost of food, wine, tax and gratuity. Women can select which dinners and events they’d like to attend, with no obligation. Venues are selected based upon member suggestions, recommendations and requests. Reservations are required, and cancelations are nonrefundable if made within 48 hours of the event.
The February gathering for Ladies of the Vine will be held on Tuesday, February 7 at 6:00 p.m. at The Saturn Club on Delaware Avenue in the city.