Bogart Wine Aficionado Dinner

Once a year a group of wine lovers raid their cellars and get together to raise money for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.
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For this go-round (their ninth), the vino crowd gathered at the SLS Beverly Hills Hotel for many a glass and a live auction benefiting Bogart Labs at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. The SLS is such a ritzy, wacky joint (this is a good thing) that it was the perfect setting for the elite group of serious grape collectors, Industry folk, M.D.s, and celebs who attend the event each year. As I walked into the private room, I was greeted by the aroma of roasted marshmallows; someone was making cotton candy wrapped around foie gras (a signature SLS goody). Hors d’oeuvres included liquid olives—also good, but they make me squint with every bite—and liquid nitrogen caipirinhas. Dinner was a blur of interesting conversation (dating services), incredible vintages (see pic above), and a dinner that featured caprese salad (as only chef Jose Andres, who designed the menu, can devise and came with instructions on how to eat it) to braised wagyu beef cheeks. One hundred sixty thousand dollars was raised for cancer and leukemia research from auction items such as a luxe party at the Houdini Mansion and dinner at CAA literary agent Bob Bookman’s historic home (once shared by Howard Hughes and Katherine Hepburn) with burgundy expert Allen Meadows. Howard Gordon (former senior VP of the Cheesecake Factory) cohosted the affair with Bookman. We spotted Sarah Chalke (from Scrubs), Pamela Morton (of Mortons), and Jeff Small (of Dreamworks) and sat at the same table with event founder Joyce Bogart Trabulus. The event is dedicated to the memory of her late husband, Neil Bogart, the record and film exec who died of lymphoma at the age of 39, and is a wonderful tradition. More information. www.bogartfoundation.org

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      Good company

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      Sarah Chalke

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      Stacie Shaheen, Sarah Small, Jeff Small, and David Shaheen (head of JP Morgan Chase’s Entertainment Group)

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      Bob Bookman and Jackie Forrest

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      Jeff Smith, Amy Smith, Olga Yefremova, and Brock Pierce

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      Cecilia Petersson, Jose Nazar (owner of Lexicon Marketing), and Maria Sabova

Photographs by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging