A Moët Hennessy-filled brunch is always a good idea—and on Sunday, September 21st, in celebration of Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet, we enjoyed an array of favorites including Veuve Clicquot Rosé paired with Pork Belly (melon, heirloom tomato, chive yogurt), Ruinart Blanc de Blancs with Smoked Salmon Crêpes (arugula salad), Krug Grande Cuvée with Mushroom Frittata (monte amore, toasted almonds frisée) and Dom Pérignon Vintage 2003 with Shrimp and Cheesy Grits (braised pistachios, grumpy goat grits). The 4-course meals were created by Chef Stephanie Izard, owner of Little Goat Diner ((820 W. Randolf Street), and paired perfectly with each champagne. To celebrate Corks & Forks, Moët Hennessy donated to the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. For more details about Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet, visit


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Melissa Maynard
Melissa Maynard fell in love with travel as a young girl while taking a road trip adventure to Mark Twain's hometown of Hannibal, MO, after a tour of a sprawling Gilded-Age mansion. With a lifted taste of all things luxury (and a cabin adventure, here and there), Melissa loves checking out opulent hotels in exotic destinations and far off places. Favorite thing about travel...the wanderlust of it all. She has written for the Chicago Tribune and is the editor-in-chief of Factio Magazine —luxury publishers for, and