Events / Dinner

Somm Slam: Chicago vs. New York

Wed, September 13, 2017

7:00 PM
The Beard House
Member Price: $160 Public Price: $210 Phone: 212.627.2308
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Bob Broskey

Beacon Tavern, Chicago

Jon McDaniel

Gage Hospitality Group, Chicago

Wine lovers, get ready for an unparalleled tasting experience, as ten top sommeliers from the Big Apple and the Windy City decamp to the Beard House for the ultimate competition. Each course from Chi-town chef Bob Broskey will be expertly paired with two wines as the vino virtuosos go head-to-head.

Five of Chicago’s top sommeliers will journey to New York City for the competition including:

  • Andrew Algren, Cherry Circle Room
  • Rachel Driver Speckan, City Winery 
  • Arthur Hon, Sepia and Proxi 
  • Jon McDaniel, Beacon Tavern 
  • Aaron McManus, Oriole 

Participating New York sommeliers include:

  • Victoria James, Piora and Cote 
  • Alexander LaPratt, MS, Atrium DUMBO 
  • Jake Lewis, Momofuku
  • Amy Racine, Dovetail 
  • Jason Wagner, Union Square Cafe

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Hors d’Oeuvre

Island Creek Oysters with Sherry and Jamón Ibérico

Rougié Foie Gras Mousse with Bing Cherry Gelée and Black Truffles

Comté Cheese–Moroccan Olive Financiers

Fish ’n Chips > Dover Sole with Gaufrette Potatoes and Marine Cider Vinegar Aïoli


In-Shell Martha’s Vineyard Scallops with Matsutake Mushroom Chips and Gewürztraminer Grapes

Maryland Blue Crab with Sweet Corn Pudding, Tomato Water, and Espelette Pepper

John Dory with Butternut Farm Potatoes and Turnips, Granny Smith Apples, and Lobster Bisque

Roasted Suckling Pig with Stuffed Fairytale Eggplant, Grilled Shishito Pepper, Greek Basil, and Tomato Jus

Green Apple Pavé with Klug Farm Apple, Salted Caramel, Crème Fraîche, and Tahitian Vanilla

Wines will be poured blind and revealed by the sommeliers at this dinner.

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