Geja’s Café presents the M. Chapoutier Winemaker Dinner, Monday, March 7

Legendary Chicago destination, Geja’s Café, 340 West Armitage, invites guests to enjoy wines from one of the most recognized wineries in the world at the M. Chapoutier Winemaker Dinner on Monday, March 7th at 6:30 p.m. Part of Geja’s Café’s ongoing popular Winemaker Dinner series, the M. Chapoutier Winemaker Dinner features a four-course dinner paired appropriately with select wines. A representative from the winery will be on hand to provide commentary and answer questions during the special and informative event.

Michel Chapoutier is one of the most highly regarded winemakers in France. Since taking over his family firm in 1990, Michel Chapoutier has transformed the winery into the leading Rhône Valley producer. He combines the modern and the traditional: crusading for biodynamic winemaking and experimenting with cutting edge winemaking techniques while expanding operations around the globe to countries including Australia and Portugal and even the U.S. This restless energy and unconditional commitment to quality has produced tremendous success. In 2003 alone, Maison M. Chapoutier’s wines garnered no less than 88 ratings of 90+ points.

“We are overwhelmed with countless options!” says Kirby Matthews, Geja’s General Manager. “Where do we start with a winery of this caliber? We might have to serve ten courses just to sample a fraction of Chapoutier’s award-winning wines”.

The evening begins with a 6:30 reception followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. A representative of the winery will engage the guests in a lively discussion of the evening’s wines. The four-course dinner features Geja’s house salad, Cheese fondue, Beef Tenderloin, Chicken & Jumbo Shrimp Entree, and Flaming Chocolate fondue for dessert. Each course will be paired with the appropriate wine. Cost for each dinner is $60 per person, which includes the wines, dinner, tax, and gratuity. Reservations are required for the dinners, and interested parties are encouraged to act quickly as the popular Winemaker Dinners tend to sell out.

Known for romantic fondue dining – food one prepares and shares – and an extensive list of fine, moderately priced wines, Geja’s Café features over 20 different types of fondue entrees including cheese fondue and chocolate dessert fondue. An enchanting wine cellar atmosphere, private booths, and subdued lighting contribute to its intimate surroundings. Geja’s Café was recently voted the #1 audience winner for Best Romantic Dining in Chicago on The Chicago institution has been the site of 135,356 first dates and 16,266 engagements and diners have enjoyed over 321 tons of cheese fondue and over 1,072,046 bottles of wine.

Hours for Geja’s Café are: Monday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday, 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 4 to 9 p.m. Valet parking is available. For information on the M. Chapoutier Winemaker Dinner, please call 773.281.9101, or visit Geja’s online at