A Sparkling Winter Tasting Story… Featuring Chef Gabe McMackin of Roberta’s and Moët Hennessey USA

January 12, 2011 6:30 pm
January 12, 2011 10:00 pm
$100 (Coupons and other discount certificates or vouchers not applicable for this class, including Living Social and CBS)
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Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center
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540 President St., Suite 2E, Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11217

Ger-Nis Culinary and Herb Center and EatingVine is proud to offer this exciting tasting event with Chef Gabe McMackin of Roberta’s in Bushwick and Moët Hennessy USA. Tonight they have created somewhat of a treasure map of a tasting menu for us to savor tonight with champagne leading our way as our loyal guide to a paradise full of decadent food and champagne gems. Pairing champagne with a meal lightens the palate and provides that sparkling sensation life is made of. Believe it or not, even when the earth is cold and dry, you can still eat amazing seasonal produce, and tonight Chef McMackin has created a menu that demonstrates how to cook year-round with what is available at the markets.

We’re transferring a bit of the dream world into reality as highly experienced and well-adored Chef McMackin divulges expert culinary tips, secrets, and techniques and discusses how to pair the perfect champagne with a variety of delicious foods. Champagne doesn’t have to be reserved for the rich and famous or for special occasions. What Wednesday wouldn’t love to be enlivened with the pop of a cork and a glass or two? This sparkling wine also has surprising versatility with an elegant and tasty nose, complex, yet delicate and is able to withstand many food pairings. You can enjoy an intimate dinner among friends old and new learning about food and champagne straight from the source as we carry the torch deeper into the tunnel of the New Year in the comfort of Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center.

If you ever had the urge to peek inside of a restaurant kitchen but didn’t feel so comfortable asking for a tour, then cease this opportunity. Get to know Chef McMackin as he prepares this 5-course seasonal tasting menu that is sure to release endorphins. The leader in luxury, Moët Hennessey USA will guide the top off the menu, showcasing champagnes from five different houses, all with unique characteristics and flavors, some complex. Tonight, you will learn that champagne is more than just about toasting on New Year’s Eve! Keep celebrating the beginnings of the New Year at a great price where opulence meets comfort. Let’s sip on champagne and reflect on what the coming year has on hand with us at Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center and EatingVine.

Menu:Velvety Cauliflower Soup with American Paddlefish Roe
Crunchy Celery Root Salad with Luscious Welfleet Oysters and Micro Celery
Brook Trout, Fennel, Black Grapes, Champagne
Short Ribs, Fingerling Potatoes, Tuscan Kale
Quince Tart, Cinnamon Ice Cream, and Whiskey Caramel

Class Type: Local Chef, demonstration & tasting event

Class Notes: Leave with the Champagne know how from Champagne’s finest, Moët Hennessey USA!


The brainchild of Contemporary Art Advisor Nilani Trent, EatingVine was founded in 2009, after Trent married into a restaurant family with a vast knowledge of wines, and an extensive wine cellar. As a New York newlywed, she began entertaining at home, and quickly realized that there were few websites at her disposal that could adequately pair her recipes with appropriate wines. The more Trent searched, the more she realized that there was a need for an online site that could take the guesswork and anxiety out of pairing food and wine. With that objective in mind, EatingVine was born. Today, EatingVine has an inventory of more than 22,000 wines, and a recipe inventory that ranges from soup to nuts, and lays to rest the age old question of which wine to serve with what. EatingVine is a new food and wine social network focused on recipe sharing and wine pairing. EatingVine is the first food and wine website that pairs your recipes with wines in your price range.

Gabe McMackin

Chef Gabe McMackin has been working in the food industry for years, working at Blue Hill, at Stone Barns, and as the corporate chef at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Today he can be found cooking behind the stove at the critically acclaimed Roberta’s in Bushwick. He is also a part of the organization of Past, Present, and Future of Food in Bushwick dissecting the transformation of Bushwick as a major food cultivation center to the industry-ridden mire it is today. His “about” diddy on his blog reads, “Hi, there. I’m Gabe. I make food, and eat it.” You can say he’s modest, too.

Moët Hennessey USA

Moët Hennessy USA is the leading importer and marketer of luxury wines and spirits in the U.S. The Moët Hennessy portfolio includes renowned brands such as: Hennessy Cognac; Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Krug, Veuve Clicquot and Ruinart champagnes; Belvedere vodka; 10 Cane Rum; Grand Marnier; Glenmorangie and Ardbeg single malt Scotch whiskies; and fine wines, including Chateau d’Yquem, Cheval des Andes, Green Point, Terrazas de Los Andes, Cape Mentelle, Cloudy Bay, Newton Vineyard and Domaine Chandon California sparkling among others. Moët Hennessy has a strong consumer focus with an uncompromising commitment to building luxury brands.

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