Candid Candace : June 28th Preview Event by The Estate & Gene and Georgetti

Sunday night’s private preview party (for more than 1400 FOG’s–Friends of Gene’s) celebrated the soon-to-be-opened (July 6) and hotly anticipated Gene & Georgetti’s Restaurant and event venue The Estate in Rosemont at 9421 W. Higgins Road. The massive space, combined, is more than 18,000′ ft. with the restaurant seating 250. (It will be open for lunch and dinner Monday thru Saturday with dinner service only on Sundays). Three private dining rooms can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 125 people. The accompanying event space, The Estate, is 5,000′ ft. and features a ballroom which will be available for large private events and can seat up to 300.  ABC-7’s Ron Magers presided over the ribbon cutting.  (There was also a “first steak” cutting!)

On this night, a long red carpet with a glam model at the end draped in Gene & Georgetti’s signature colors, red and gold, welcomed guests as they moved throughout the space. Inside the tent, Al Sofia and his fab group performed with a torch singer, Leslie, perched sky high wearing a “video mapping” gown by ZZAZZ Productions, who also provided the live entertainment. Justin Jacobson’s Platinum Events along with Erin Patrick created elegant decor for this special night that featured masses of red roses in strategic spots among other delightful visuals.  The mahogany bar hosted the original “Downtown Mahogany Club” gang on this night, Terry “Whitey” Pearson, Jamie Gabala and Captain Bob, to name a few, for specialty crafted cocktails created by Femme Du Coupe. Head chef Luiz Quiroz created all the delicious food for the evening with decadent desserts provided by Ferrara Bakery. During the welcome speech, partner Rich Ciota broke down as he thanked his family who “have been so supportive” as did Tony Durpetti when he acknowledged and thanked his late father-in-law, Gene Michelotti, who co-founded G & G with Alfredo Federighi.  It was such a touching night for this beautiful family led by daughter Michelle, who looked glam in a custom ball-gown designed by Francesca Miranda for Dimitra’s Bridal. (Mom Marion looked foxy in a jumpsuit also created by Francesca!)

Congrats and thanks to the Durpettis for giving us yet another great restaurant experience to look forward to!

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