Master of Ceremonies
DANIEL SHANKS, Arlington, Virginia
Daniel Shanks hitch-hiked to California from Richmond Virginia in 1970 and, as would be expected, fell in love with wine country. While waiting tables at the Silverado Country Club, Daniel met Monsieur Maudiere of Moët & Chandon. That meeting developed into a relationship that led to Daniel being hired as the first Maître d’Hôtel when the restaurant at Domaine Chandon opened in April 1977. He continued college at the same time and was promoted to Restaurant Manager in the early 1980s. He loved the position and lived happily in a small cabin on the Morton Ranch behind Beaulieu Winery in Rutherford. In 1994, Daniel received a call from the White House, indicating they were looking for an Usher for Food and Beverage. Before he knew it, Mrs. Clinton was offering him a job overseeing food and beverage operations. He accepted and did that and more for four First Families, from State Dinners for 650 to picnics for 2,000. Last October, after 25 years of service, Daniel retired from this unique position. Somehow, he found the time to join us for 27 IPNCs in his “spare” time, and we are very honored to have him with us this year as our Master of Ceremonies.