2016 Main Line Wine Gala
Laurent Drouhin of Maison Joseph Drouhin served as honorary chair of the 2016 Main Line Wine Gala, an annual event that celebrates the world's most innovative winemakers and benefits RHD's innovative human services. Laurent toured RHD's Center for Creative Works, an art studio for people with intellectual disabilities, and spent time with the artists.
“Seeing and speaking with the artists there was a memorable experience,” Drouhin said. “It was easy to see the sense of purpose they get from their work. I applaud RHD for the very, very important work they are doing.
"I admire the work and dedication of the staff that makes it a magic day every day for all at the center. RHD is an amazing organization."
The 2016 Main Line Wine Gala welcomed Pierre Calmels as its Gala Chef. Pierre trained for over 10 years in France among top Michelin Star rated restaurants. In 1998, he joined Chef Daniel Boulud preparing award-winning contemporary French cuisine in New York, and then arrived in Philadelphia in 2001 to work at the well-known Le Bec Fin.
After 8 years of as sous chef and then executive chef for Chef Georges Perrier, Pierre decided to open his own restaurant. Bibou opened in May 2009; the restaurant is a labor of love of husband-and-wife team Charlotte and Pierre and serves delicately prepared, rustic French bistro fare in a casual space in South Philadelphia. This 32-seat restaurant has been received with great acclaim including: one of GQ Magazine’s top 10 best new restaurants in the country, and number 3 on Philadelphia Magazine’s Top-50 restaurant list in 2011. Chef Calmels was a finalist on the 2010 James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic, as well as a semifinalist for the same category in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
In early 2014, Pierre and Charlotte opened Le Cheri, located in the Philadelphia Art Alliance building on Rittenhouse Square. Serving French food and drink, Le Cheri continues to be one of the most popular and lauded dining spots in Rittenhouse.