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Sommelier Smackdown! 



Spiaggia Sommelier Jason Carlen and I are hosting the inaugural Spiaggia Sommelier Smackdown on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 at Spiaggia Private Events. Ten amazingly talented Chicago sommeliers and wine experts will be joining us to educate guests on creating the perfect pairing while in friendly competitive atmosphere - yes there will be a healthy dose of smack-talking but all in good fun. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Cancer Research Foundation in memory of Henry Bishop, the first sommelier of Spiaggia and a mentor to many in the food and wine community.

The event begins with a reception featuring holiday wine recommendations where guests will be afforded the opportunity to interact with the sommeliers and have any and all wine questions answered. The evening continues with a five-course menu prepared by Spiaggia chefs. For each course, two sommeliers will battle “head-to-head” and offer up their best pairing for that dish, following a theme of Old World vs. New World wines. Guests will taste the dish with the two wines and then vote on their favorite pairing. At the end of the night, five sommeliers will be named the night’s victors and champions of the inaugural Spiaggia Sommelier Smackdown.

We have an incredible lineup of Sommeliers for the event:

  • ·       Chad Ellegood – NoMi
  • ·       Arthur Hon – Sepia
  • ·       Shebnem Ince – Henri, Gage
  • ·       Rachael Lowe
  • ·       Tona Palomino – Trenchermen
  • ·       Dan Pilkey – Hilton Worldwide, Chicago Hotels
  • ·       Jeremy Quinn – Telegraph
  • ·       Aaron Sherman – Girl and the Goat
  • ·       Jean Tomaro – Gilt Bar, Maude's Liquor Bar, Au Cheval, Bavette's Bar & Beouf
  • ·       Jason Wagner – Nellcote, RM Champagne Lounge

The Spiaggia Sommelier Smackdown begins at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 14, 2012 at Spiaggia Private Events located at 980 North Michigan Avenue, third floor.  Tickets are $195 per person, with $50 donated to The Cancer Research Foundation in memory of Henry Bishop, the first sommelier of Spiaggia. To reserve, please call 312.280.2750 or email jcarlen@levyrestaurants.com.

Let's get ready to stumble!