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WINE DINNER: Cru Beaujolais Wine Dinner @ Chaval

  • Chaval 58 Pine Street Portland, ME, 04102 United States (map)

DETAILS: A 5-6 course menu showcasing different crus in Beaujolais—vintage aged and large format bottles included. This is an awesome opportunity to experience some great unsung properties’ wines in this southern region of Burgundy and the differences within the celebrated crus of Beaujolais. A Classic French menu from acclaimed Chefs Lopes and Sansonetti, us a larder of local and french-regional ingredients available to them.


Chef Ilma Lopez has worked in some of the most demanding and rewarding kitchens in the industry, such as DB Bistro, Corton, Tailor, El Bulli, Café Boulud, and Le Bernardin. When she left New York City to the quieter reaches of Maine, Lopez found a new terrain she couldn’t resist. Arriving with a mastery of colors, flavors, textures, and spices—and a seasoned ability to work under pressure—Lopez makes classic dishes her own, with attention to micro-detail and thoughtful twists. For her work, Lopez earned a 2014 StarChefs Coastal New England Rising Star Pastry Chef Award, Has been a multiple-time James Beard top-Chef finalist, and you may have seen her name in the September issue of Bon Appetit Magazine highlighting her incredible talents when naming Portland, Maine as their pick for Restaurant City of The Year.

Before Chef Damian Sansonetti was the acclaimed chef de cuisine at the uber-French Bar Boulud in New York, co-owner Damian Sansonetti grew up savoring his mother's and grandmother's cooking.  From handmade pasta to grilled fish to learning how to cure meat and make sausages with his grandfather. A career in food was practically his birthright. Graduating from the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, Sansonetti worked at Nantucket’s Brant Point Grill and Pittsburgh’s Steelhead Grill, moving to New York to open Heartbeat in the W Hotel. Sansonetti met Daniel Boulud while working at Shallots in Midtown and eventually took a position at Boulud’s DB Bistro Moderne.


COST: $85 per person + tax & gratuity (includes wines and food)

RESERVE:  207-772-1110 or email reservations@chavalmaine.com

LINKS: chavalmaine.com

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