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Hennessy & Exile Dinner at Nellcote


Last week, I was invited by the good people at Hennessy to have dinner with Cyrille Gautier Auriol, the Ambassador for The House Of Hennessy.  Cyrille was in Chicago to host a paired dinner with quality cognacs from Hennessy and yummy food  from Nellcote. Some of Chicago’s top Influencers and Tastemakers came together for what was sure to be a fun-filled night, topped off with a live performance by the band.

When, I arrived at Nellcote, I wasn’t sure what to expect but I knew it included a night of Hennessy Cocktails and good food! I’ve been known to enjoy a cocktail but I’ve often found myself intimidated by Hennessy! I think in my mind, I’ve always felt like it was too rough for my soul! This dinner was the perfect opportunity for me to get up close and personal with the versatility of Hennessy;  to my surprise I discovered several Hennessy Cocktails that I love!

So for all my girl readers who think you can’t drink Hennessy, I discovered several cocktails that includes Hennessy that you will love! Stay tuned!

Hennessy Exile Dinner at Nellcote

Everything at the dinner was so classy,  yet fun! The tables were adorn with Hennessy cards and bracelets. Each place setting gave guests details about the cognac we were drinking from the age to the aroma! It was truly an educational experience for me.
Hennessy Exile Dinner at Nellcote

The first cocktail, I was handed was Nellcote’s Punch featuring Hennessy VS! Guests sipped on this cocktail while mingling and networking; basically doing what we do best, run our mouth!Hennessy Exile Dinner at Nellcote

Then it was time to take our seat and prepare for dinner.Hennessy Exile Dinner at Nellcote

The next cocktail on the list was the Hennessy Black Amuse Bouche! This drink was absolutely yummy! It had the right amount of sweetness and bitterness.Hennessy Exile Dinner at Nellcote

Perhaps my favorite drink of the night was the Privilege Martini! OMG, it was hands down the best cocktail of the night for me.Hennessy Exile Dinner at Nellcote

Then it was time to sample Hennessy XO and Hennessy Paradis, the aromas were so rich! A true cognac lover would’ve been in heaven!Hennessy Exile Dinner at Nellcote

The Hennessy was paired with this sweet chocolate dessert, seriously, the night couldn’t get any better!Hennessy Exile Dinner at NellcoteAll in all this dinner made for a great night! Not only did I enjoy the company of those there, I got over my Hennessy intimidation! I will be posting my favorite Hennessy Cocktail Recipes in the Cocktailin Section of the blog soon! For more information regarding Hennessy and their offering go here.

Thanks Hennessy for the invite, I had an excellent time!

About the author

Raijean Stroud

Fashion, beauty & lifestyle blogger based in Chicago and founder of, Swa-Rai Media Group and Bleeding Heart Project. Launched in 2010, Swa-Rai discusses a range of topics including: fashion, beauty and lifestyle experiences which includes travel, tech, family, dining and so much more! When not in Chicago, Raijean can be found traveling around the country covering some of the hottest events! She can be spotted in places such as New York for covering events such as Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, Las Vegas for CES (Consumer Electronics Show), LA for Lucky FABB and more! When she's not traveling she's in Chicago, interviewing celebrities and covering exclusive events.

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