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Waterleaf to Host Round Pond Winery Dinner, Aug. 20

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Waterleaf restaurant in Glen Ellyn will celebrate the renowned wines of Round Pond Estate Winery during an exclusive five-course dinner on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

The evening will begin with a champagne reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Miles MacDonnell, owner of Round Pond Estate Winery, will be on hand throughout the evening to introduce the wines and answer questions. The price of this exclusive five course dinner is $75 plus tax and gratuity.

"Round Pond Estate Winery is well-known for having high standards and a sustainable approach to wine making," said Waterleaf General Manager Jean Pierre Leroux. "We are thrilled to share with our guests this wonderful evening with paired wines that are created with the same passion and meticulous attention as Waterleaf's cuisine."

Executive Chef Nadia Tilkian has prepared a seasonal menu paired with carefully selected wines from the famed Napa Valley Winery. The dinner will begin with Bay Scallop Ceviche with nectarine, pear and mandarin oranges paired with 2013 Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc Estate, Napa Valley. The second course will include Salad of Spiced Blackberries, baby arugula with goat cheese cream paired with 2013 Round Pond Estate Rosata Di Nebbiolo, Rutherford, Nappa Valley. The third course will feature Lamb Steak with roasted garlics, mushrooms, marble cabernet and cabernet reduction paired with 2012 Round Pond Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley. For the fourth course, guests will enjoy a selection of Artisanal cheeses paired with 2010 Round Pond Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley. Completing the meal will be Lemon-Lavender Gateaux served with fresh blueberries.

Located in the acclaimed Rutherford region of Napa Valley, Round Pond EstateWinery is a second generation family-owned and operated estate that specializes in the creation of pure, expressive wines. All of the winery's fruit is organically or sustainably farmed and hand-harvested, and while their mill is equipped with the finest modern technology, all blending and bottling is performed by hand to ensure only the highest levels of quality. Committed to vine balance and a gentle winemaking approach, Round Pond employs artisan techniques such as hand-sorting and de-stemming, extended maceration of the grapes, small lot fermentation and patient aging. In addition to a state-of-the-art winemaking facility and 366 acres of vineyards, the estate includes five acres of biodynamic gardens, twelve acres of olive orchards, and one of only two olive mills in the region. The high-quality of the winery's products, particularly the Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as artisan olive oils, red wine vinegars, and flavorful citrus syrups reflect the MacDonnell family's dedication to sustainable farming and production.

To make reservations for this exclusive Round Pond Winery Estate dinner at Waterleaf, call (630) 942-6881.

Waterleaf, led by General Manager Jean-Pierre Leroux and Executive Chef Nadia Tilkian, is located on the College of DuPage campus in the Culinary & Hospitality Center, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. Waterleaf is widely recognized as the dining destination of choice for foodies and wine aficionados living in and visiting Chicago's western suburbs.

Featuring moderately priced brunch, lunch and dinner options, the restaurant's menu contains offerings developed with locally-sourced ingredients. The contemporary light-filled dining room has a modern décor and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a beautiful view of a scenic landscaped waterfront. Its walls display a collection of black-and-white lithographs by renowned American artist Richard Serra, and there is a cozy bar area to enjoy cocktails and light snacks.

Waterleaf has earned Diner's Choice Awards for Best Ambience, Best Overall, Best Service, Fit for Foodies and Special Occasion on, where it maintains a 4.6/5.0 rating. Most recently, Waterleaf received its third consecutive Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. This award, given annually to restaurants in the U.S. and 65 countries worldwide confirms that Waterleaf's beverage program is consistent with its dining concept, style and price point. In addition, Waterleaf recently received a three-star "Excellent" review from Chicago Tribune's renowned food critic Phil Vettel.

For more information and to make reservations, call (630) 942-6881 or visit