Champagne is flowing at annual Detroit auto show Charity Preview event
Jan 18, 2013 (Detroit Free Press - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Right now, there are 4,800 plastic champagne flutes waiting to be filled at the main welcome station to this evening's Charity Preview of the North American International Auto Show.
And there are several thousand more empty plastic flutes anticipating the bubbly at five other serving locations throughout Cobo. Kevin Lorms, a food service manager for Cobo Centerplate, demonstrated to waitstaff how to fill the flutes to about an inch-and-a-half to the top.
"This is not a draft. This is elegance," he said, explaining proper pouring technique.
But there's also Peroni Beer and Detroit Lager for those who desire suds, Lorms noted, acknowledging the tubs of ice-covered cold ones.
Service started at 6 p.m., Lorms said. "But we are flexible with guests who have paid for tickets to raise money for charity. We are not going to chase people away if they're a minute or two early."
Some gala-goers arrived by 5 p.m. to attend a private reception for a ribbon-cutting opening ceremony to kick-off the evening. They soaked up the early evening glow from the sky-high window that mark Cobo's New Atrium renovation along the Detroit River-side of the facility.
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