I grew up in Germany, and my upbringing and love of the German language has never left me. When I was approached back in 2016 to host a musical wine tasting for the Goethe-Institut in San Francisco to accompany a beautiful and stirring photography exhibit, I was thrilled and humbled. It was a very thought-provoking and important body of work, and I was so honored to be a part of that event. I was even more excited to be asked to host a musical wine tasting for the Swiss Consulate in San Francisco several years later.
Working with Jale Yoldas at the Goethe-Institut was a wonderful experience, and I was so excited when I reconnected with her out of the blue on LinkedIn in late 2019. By that time, I had already been living in Los Angeles for over three years. Jale suddenly proposed that we might be involved with their “Swiss Wine and Art” event, but she wasn’t sure if I would be able to travel up to San Francisco to be with them. Perhaps if I hadn’t had such an amazing experience working with her the first time I wouldn’t have been so quick to jump at the opportunity, but there was no way I would have wanted to decline the offer.
It ended up being one of the most rewarding, beautiful, fun, and diverse events I’ve ever hosted. I loved bringing in musicians local to the area and featuring wines by a Swiss winemaker and chocolates by a Swiss chocolatier… it’s not everyday you get to hang out side by side with a real Swiss chocolate maker! I hope I’ll have the chance to work with Jale many times in the future.