SEPTEMBER 12, 2012: FRENCH LEGION OF HONOR PRESENTATION TO MR. STEPHEN A. KAPLAN
On September 12, Consul General of France Graham Paul awarded Mr. Stephen A. Kaplan of Chicago the Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur medal. Created by Napoleon in 1802, it is France’s highest honor, and was awarded in recognition of Mr. Kaplan’s dedication to promoting French wine and culture.
Mr. Kaplan is one of the most prominent wine collectors and connoisseurs in the United States. Over the last 30 years, Mr. Kaplan has not only expanded his exceptional collection of French “grands crus”, he has dedicated most of his time and energy to promoting French gastronomy and art de vivre. Mr. Kaplan is an active member of many organizations including the Commanderie de Bordeaux and the International Wine and Food Society of Chicago, and he is also one of only four American members of the Académie du vin de Bordeaux.
Mr. Kaplan has sponsored and hosted over one hundred prestigious events in Chicago and in other U.S. cities celebrating French cuisine and wine.
A leading member of many cultural and artistic institutions in Chicago, Stephen is also on the board of directors of the Alliance Française de Chicago. He was one of the first contributors to the fund established by the French government and the University of Chicago for the France Chicago Center.