“... CHICAGO -- Jennifer Mueller isn't a cigar smoker. But even she couldn't resist lighting up at husband Don's recent birthday party at their home.
One of the gifts Don received was an appearance by a cigar roller,
who spent two hours hand-rolling CF Dominicana cigars for the 60 party
The cigar roller was a gift from one of Don's friends and was arranged through New York-based CF Dominicana Cigars (www.cigarcatering.com). Having cigar rollers making cigars for guests is a new trend at corporate events, birthday parties and weddings. The guy behind it is Dennis Briganti, president of CF Dominicana Cigars.
The idea has been around awhile but on a lesser scale with small shops sending rollers to events. Briganti has built a network of 20 master rollers in the 14 cities who not only roll the cigars but also become part of the party.
The company, which also offers cigar servers and customized bands, does 20 to 30 events a month (basic cost is $975 for two hours of rolling). Interestingly, Briganti said 70 percent of his clients are women.