Raising a glass to a magnificent table

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CSI Media Staff | March 25, 2016

Black Point Estate and Gardens and Sprecher's Restaurant and Pub are teaming up for a fun evening of good food, good beer and a good cause.

The Wisconsin Historical Society site is raising funds to restore its Zeller billiard table.

The table, purchased by Chicago beer baron Conrad Seipp after the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, was first used to entertain guests at Seipp's Chicago home. The table was later moved to the family's summer cottage on Geneva Lake, where it provided years of entertainment.

Zeller tables of this age are considered rare and unrivaled in workmanship and elaborate inlay work.

“Our table looks pretty good for being nearly 150 years old, but (it) can use a little tender love and care to bring it back to its former splendor,” said Black Point Director Dave Desimone.

“We searched for quite some time in order to find the right company to handle the job. The search led us to Chicago, then to New York, then finally to Derrick Tiers' Billiard Restoration Service of Clay Center, Kansas.”

Tiers inspected the table in mid-November and was impressed with the quality of the table and accompanying cue rack, noting that Zeller tables of this caliber are few and far between. Tiers will dismantle the table and restore it in his Kansas shop.

A three-course meal of beer cheese soup or house salad will be followed by surf and turf and chocolate bliss cake.

Menu selections will be paired with beers from Sprecher's current line of beverages.

The dinner will be served April 14 at Sprecher's in Lake Geneva.

During the dinner, Michael Rehberg, lead interpreter at Black Point Estate, will discuss the beer barons who lived along the shores of Geneva Lake.

Colin Cummings, assistant general manager at Sprecher's, will be on hand to discuss the beers being sampled.

Reservations are required for this event. The cost is $65 per person. Call 262-248-1888 to make a reservation or donation.

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