Events / Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner


Sun, April 14, 2019

4:00 PM
Member Price: $75 Public Price: $100 Click here for tickets!

Somm Madness 2019

Tailgate Tasting: 4:00 P.M.
Tournament: 6:00 P.M.


Wine Director Adam Sweders

Founder Jon McDaniel
Second City Soil


Master Sommelier Serafin Alvarado

Master Sommelier Fred Dame

John Laloganes, Author

Master Sommelier Joseph Spellman


Katsuji Tanabe
La Bodega, Chicago

Joseph Rizza
Prime & Provisions, Chicago

Fabio Viviani
Siena Tavern, Bar Siena, and BomboBar, Chicago

Join Chicago-based hospitality company DineAmic Group for their 3rd annual Somm Madness event. Somm Madness brings together the nation's sommelier community and wine afficionados for a blind tasting tournament. Sixty-four individuals will go head-to-head to advance to the championship round with the ultimate hope of taking home the grand prize.

The night kicks off with the Tailgate Tasting, a pre-party to the main Somm Madness tournament. Ticketholders will have access to over 200 wines in a walk-around tasting as well as a grand display of endless bites provided by Prime & Provisions. Wineries include some of the most iconic names in the world.

A portion of proceeds will be donated to the James Beard Foundation's Impact Programs.


Tailgate Tasting Menu

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Fancy Finger Foods

  • Fried Chicken Bites
  • Thick-Cut Bacon Bites
  • French Fry Cups
  • Petite Cheeseburgers

Raw Bar

  • Oysters
  • Shrimp
  • King Crab

Carvery by Joseph Rizza

  • Prime Tenderloin

Fabio Viviani

  • Truffle Gnocchi
  • Vegetarian Ratatouille

Tournament Passed Bites

Charcuterie Display

Katsuji Tanabe

  • Churro Bites with Dipping Sauce

Fabio Viviani

  • Mini Bomboloni

Coffee and Espresso

Featuring the following wines: Achaval Ferrer, Albert Bichot, Alexander Valley, Antinori, Argot, Banfi, Beckham, Belle Glos, Bertani, Blackbird, Bruno Giacosa, Cade, Cakebread, Caymus, Chappellet, Charles Heidsieck, Charles Smith, Chateau la Nerthe, Cloudy Bay, Daou, Donnafugata, Duckhorn, Dutton-Goldfield, Faust, Fetzer, Flowers, Foxen, Franciscan, Fredrick Wildman, Gallo, Heitz, Henriot, Hess, Hourglass, Hyland, Inglenook, Jackson Family, Jordan, Joseph Phelps, Justin, Laurent Perrier, Martin Ray, Moët Hennessey, Montes Alpha, Mt. Veeder, Odette, Orin Swift, Pahlmeyer, Palm Bay, Paul Hobbs, Plumpjack, Rex Hill, Ridge, Robert Mondavi, Ruffino, Santa Margarita, Scarpetta, Shafer, Shannon Ridge, Siduri, Silver Oak, Simi, St. Supréy, Champagne Tattinger, Terlato, The Prisoner Wine Company, Trinchero, Van Duzer, Vietti, Westmount, Whispering Angel, and Winderlea.

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