The countdown was ON last night when sommeliers Erin O'Shea of Eastern Standard and Alex DeWinter of Grill 23 descended upon the abundant supply of spirits at Gordon's competing to best pair in four minutes the of four-course meal prepared on-site by brilliant chefs Louis DiBiccari and Ian Grossman of Sel de la Terre. Lucky Yelp Elites convened in the gorgeous new culinary center waiting in eager anticipation for the sommeliers' selections as they watched the dynamic kitchen duo whip up delights such as scallops with parsnip puree, short ribs with ricotta gnocchi, fromage frais panna cotta and passion fruit dark chocolate truffles!
Yelpers Debra R, Kara S, Mary R and Jeff D joined Elite event vets Tarah H, Damien S and Maria V and others in choruses of ooohs and ahhhs as the evening of dining progressed. The match was fierce and unpredictable; in the third round audacious Alex even busted out a Duvel belgian ale instead of a traditional dessert wine (full list here). But in the end Erin O'Shea was crowned winner of the first round of the 2008 Sommelier Smackdown! Who knows what will happen next week though when she faces Michael Meagher of Sel de la Terre...
Many thanks to Lindsay Cohen from Gordon's, the mastermind behind this amazing event, and of course the awesome staff that hosted us so kindly!
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Cheers & SYOY,