Classic Cocktails Tasting With Gray Skies Distillery | June 06, 2019
Classic Cocktails With Gray Skies Distillery was our first cocktail tasting event hosted by Lyon Street Café. Our guests enjoyed a fun evening with the Gray Skies team sampling spirits, enjoying cocktails, learning about how spirits are made, and exploring the art of mixology.
Comparative Wine Tasting with Matthew Carroll of European Cellars | May 23rd, 2019
Guided by Sommelier Matthew Carroll of European Cellars, attendees tasted through four Spanish and French wine comparisons over eight delicious glasses of wine from European Cellars.
In his bio, Matthew writes "An accomplished wine professional with over a decade of experience, I have had the good fortune of playing key roles in several different arenas in the beverage world. While I have worked extensively as a sommelier and beverage director, I have found my niche on the supply side by growing territories, managing distributor relationships and delivering regional and national programming. I am also an Advanced Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators."
The Prisoner Wine Tasting With Niki Williams | April 15th, 2019
Winemaker Niki Williams led our guests through six stunning wines from The Prisoner Wine Company at Lyon Street Café.
Niki Williams grew up in a central Illinois farming community, where she honed her land management skills from an early age. Niki also worked for a European travel company, through which she visited the top winemaking regions of France and Italy, discovering a deep love of wine along the way. When presented with the chance to return to school in 2008, Niki committed herself to her growing passion by earning a B.S. in Viticulture & Enology at the University of California, Davis in order to pursue a career in winemaking.
Quoting from her own bio, "My first job title was Midwest Farmer's Daughter, where I mastered skills such as fixing fences, herding cattle, driving tractors and baling hay. Other occupations include: actor, writer, editor, server, European travel and Southern Africa safari specialist, laboratory field technician, and winemaker. The last being my ultimate pursuit and passion."
"Eat. Drink Be. Merry." Annual Benefit for St. Cecilia Music Center | April 13th, 2019
“Eat. Drink. Be Merry.” is our annual wine tasting benefit for St. Cecilia Music Center. Every year, guests have the opportunity to taste and learn about over 100 varietals of wine from around the world, enjoy musical entertainment and a hearty spread from Martha's Catering, bid on exciting auction items, and receive discounts from wine purchased at the event. Thank you to everyone who attended this year!
Wines Of Bordeaux Tasting | March 12th, 2019
Jules Martin of Aquitaine Imports joined us at Lyon Street Café to lead our guests through France and taste through the majors appellations of Bordeaux. While attendees sampled a variety of stunning wine and cheese pairings, Jules discussed the history, geography, and wine of the region.