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Wine Expert and TV Personality Alpana Singh to Speak at Waubonsee

Master Sommelier and host of WTTW’s “Check, Please!” Alpana Singh will speak at Waubonsee Community College’s Sugar Grove Campus at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. Tickets for the show are available at

Wine expert and host of WTTW’s “Check, Please!” Alpana Singh will speak at Waubonsee Community College at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. The talk, titled “How the Daughter of Fiji Immigrants Became the Youngest Woman to Ever Become a Master Sommelier,” will take place in the Auditorium of the college’s Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive. Tickets are $15, and are available at All tickets are subject to a transaction fee.

In 2003, at age 26, Singh became the youngest person ever to achieve the title of Master Sommelier. Currently, there are only 180 Master Sommeliers in the world, just 18 of whom are women.

It is not only her gender but also her culture that makes Singh unique in the traditionally white male world of wine. Singh is the child of Indian parents who immigrated to California from Fiji. After coming to the United States, they opened an ethnic grocery store, where Singh worked when she was young. 

These days Singh still works with food as host of WTTW’s Emmy-award-winning restaurant review show “Check, Please!” for the past eight seasons. She also serves as the Director of Wine and Spirits for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.

Singh has appeared as a guest judge on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” and been featured in such publications as “Food and Wine,” “Bon Appetit,” and “The New York Times.” She is the author of “Alpana Pours: About Being a Woman, Loving Wine and Having Great Relationships.”

For more information about this event, call Community Education at (630) 466-2360.