Millennium Place Boston: Living La Vie

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Posted December 6, 2013 by Sarah Bertness in Business
Mix & Mingle Champagne Night

Let’s be honest — urban residences aren’t generally known for their neighborly vibes. Yet just a month after opening, Millennium Place Boston owners are on a first name basis with their floor mates, doormen, and local bartenders. That’s La Vie. Donned “a unique, immersive social program,” and successfully launched at Millennium Tower San Francisco, I headed over to their monthly Mix & Mingle night to see what it was like to come home to downtown’s new space.

Hosted by Sandy Block, Master of Wine, the man behind Legal Sea Foods‘ fine dining adult beverages. Block is also Millennium Place residents’ personal sommelier, both for La Vie events and the upcoming in-house opening of Legal Crossing (LX) restaurant. November’s Mix & Mingle night welcomed residents home with a six-course champagne tasting. Guests gathered round as Block introduced each bottle of bubbly, ranging from Veuve Clicquot’s immaculately blended Rosé to Block’s personal favorite, a 2004 Laurent-Perrier Vintage. Glasses clinked away between Block’s tasting tips and pairing recommendations, and after all the glasses were passed out, more glasses appeared along with the Leandro Pellegrino-led jazz trio infusing the room with live music from beside the fireplace.

Leandro Pellegrino Jazz Trio

The Leandro Pellegrino-led jazz trio infused the room with live music. Photo courtesy of Millennium Place.

The guests all seemed more than eager to introduce themselves to their new neighbors, and it was a varied group. Though many have yet to move in, all Millennium Place residents and residents-to-be were invited to the mixer, which seemed to create a sense of community before the building even feels lived in. The La Vie program seems a good kick-start to the building’s launch, but apparently in San Francisco, the program has only grown since everyone settled in, becoming resident-run with the building community hosting potlucks and BYOB nights throughout the week, along with special “Fireside Chats” with people like Joe Montana, ORACLE racing CEO Sir Russell Coutts, former Apple VPs and celebrity chefs.

So what’s to come with Boston’s La Vie? December’s calendar currently has another mixer, a holiday party, and a special prep for ski season with Sports Club/LA personal trainer Ryan Beauchesne in the Club’s own private Screening Room, along with a weekly movie night. I’m told that a contemporary art tour with Millennium founding partner and curator of a truly impressive collection (which adorns the brand new building’s walls), Phil Aarons, is also in the works. In addition, there will be VIP access trips as well as post-show talks with performers at the neighboring Paramount Theater, all to go along with whatever or whomever the new residents bring to the contemporary-chic table.

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