The CJN Circuit: Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival

The CJN Circuit is your ticket to the hottest events in Canada, with events editor Michelle Levy. Who was there, why it matters and how stylish it looked.

Michelle Levy is one of the country’s top philanthropists and an expert in media relations, strategic philanthropy and event marketing.


What: Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival in support of University Health Network (UHN)

Where: Casa Loma and throughout Toronto

When: Oct. 27-28, 2023

Who: Leaders in philanthropy, medical research, wine and culinary art.

Why: Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival is the largest two-day event of its kind, uniting esteemed chefs and wine producers from Toronto and around the world with the brightest minds in medical research to support UHN’s world-leading programs. Founded by Todd Halpern, the festival features a series of private dinners in homes across Toronto and a live auction. Grand Cru has raised over $132 million for UHN since its inception in 2005—this year alone, more than $5 million was raised to support research and innovation across University Health Network (UHN).

Grand Cru was sponsored by Grand Touring Automobiles, Miele, and Halpern Enterprises.


Todd and Ellen Halpern
Richard and Nathalie Wachsberg
Kitty and George Grossman
Alan Greenberg and Darcia Rowntree
Pablo Álvarez, Angela and David Feldman
Jennifer and Howard Smuschkowitz with Michelle Levy
Myrna Daniels and Dr. Tirone David
Michael Cooper and Krystal Koo
Jonah Waterous, Jane Waterous, Len Rosen
Amanda and Adam Halpern
Chef Daniel Boulud
Grand Cru live auction night at Casa Loma
Linda and Kevin O’Leary
Maris Uffelmann and Dean Connor
Martin and Joan Goldfarb
Todd and Ellen Halpern’s dinner atmosphere
Rochelle Reichert and Henry Wolfond
Stuart and Lana Sherman, Samra Mian-Valiante, Dr. Taufik Valiante (UHN)
UHN Foundation CEO Julie Quenneville
Yael and Mark Wilder with Chef Frédéric Morin

All event coverage produced by Michelle Levy Productions

Photo credit: George Pimentel

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