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(SOLD OUT) DESSERT & SHERRY: 4 Courses with Nominated "Best Pastry Chef" Ilma Lopez @ Chaval

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

DETAILS:  Join renowned pastry Chef Ilma Lopez in her restaurant Chaval for her four course dessert tasting menu each thoughtfully paired with delicious sherries from the famed Gonzalez Byass family of wines. Don’t miss this delicious event.

COST: Only $45 per person + tax & gratuity, includes wines and food.

RESERVE: GET TICKETS or call  207-772-1110 or email


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.

Chris Peterman will pair and discuss the sherries. Chris was born and raised just outside of Philadelphia, spending his childhood summers on the coast of Maine. His first experience working in restaurants was at a small, seasonal, coastal Maine restaurant where Chris returned every summer for 10 years. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 2003, Chris moved to the Maine coast full time before moving to New York City in 2008. In Manhattan, Chris enrolled in the education program offered by American Sommelier. He successfully completed both the Viticulture & Vinification and Blind Tasting Courses, before being offered a position on the Faculty. While in New York, Chris held positions as General Manager & Wine Director at Ouest, followed by Wine Director and Head Sommelier at Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s OTTO. Upon moving back to Portland, Maine Chris was involved in the opening of Central Provisions and most recently was the Director of Operations for Cara Stadler's restaurant group which includes Tao Yuan Restaurant in Brunswick, ME and Bao Bao Dumpling House in Portland, ME.