Wally’s kicked off the month of June in style this past Sunday, with our 22nd annual Grande Marque Champagne Tasting, held at the scenic, beachfront courtyard of the Le Merigot hotel in Santa Monica, CA. Guests began pouring in around 5pm and instantly gravitated towards the plethora of champagne tables from the finest Houses in France and the delectable offerings from renowned L.A. area restaurants such as Michael’s and Angelini Osteria. It was a perfect day for an outdoor tasting, as Bob Marley once said, “The sun was shining and the weather was sweet.”
Not only was it a day for tantalizing consumption, the underlying purpose of Grande Marque is to benefit the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation and Food on Foot. The Silent Auction items attracted much interest and sparked some very serious bidding. Wally’s has raised over $1 million for charities over the years via the Grande Marque event, and the Silent Auction is always an important source of revenue.
A huge thank you goes out to all who attended, our sponsors, participants and a BIG thanks to The David Arana Quartet for providing the smooth soundscape all evening. Until next time, au revoir.