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Debutea to open in NY’s Greenwich Village

NEW YORK – Faith Hope Consolo and Arthur Maglio of the Worldwide Leasing Team at Douglas Elliman (www.elliman.com) recently arranged a lease for Debutea, a leading Chinese teahouse concept, to open at 217 Thompson St. between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets in Manhattan., south of Washington Square Park. The concept focuses on high-end tea and coffee, desserts and what they call “the newest exploding trend,” Taiwan Cheese Tea, a thick layer of slightly sweetened, salty cream cheese atop a tea base.

Chef John Besh steps down from BRG

NEW ORLEANS – Executive Chef/CEO John Besh, head of Besh Restaurant Group which was accused recently by nine women who’d worked in his establishments or home office of sexual harassment in a piece that appeared in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, stepped down from his company. Former COO Shannon White replaces him as CEO, according to a published report.

Wine of the Week – Discover Planet Bordeaux!

Travel to France and discover beautiful wines from hillside vineyards! For example, there’s Chateaux Recougne’s Bordeaux Superieur from one near Fronsac and Pomerol – the wine is vinified in temperature-regulated tanks and macerated for three weeks before being aged in tanks and oak barrels. The result is a rich, deep garnet colored wine with a red fruit nose, tannins of roasted coffee, and a palate described by the winemaker as “licorice on attack”!
It’s a concentrated, balanced vintage with 77 percent Merlot, 14 percent Cabernet Franc and nine percent Cabernet Sauvignon.

We discovered the wine at the autumn Goldmine of Planet Bordeaux wines this Fall in Boston at Troquet where Michael Madrigale, the group’s ambassador, presented a wonderful selection of red and white wines, noting that the region is in “the golden age of Bordeaux AOC and Bordeaux Superior AOC,” with high quality, beautifully expressed sense of the terroir and reasonable pricing.

Since 2009 when it received 88 points from Wine Spectator, it’s been receiving acclaim, winning gold, silver and bronze medals for its 2010, 2011, ’12, ’13, ’14 and ’15 vintages at a number of European wine events. Visit https://www.planete-bordeaux.fr/en/

Planet Bordeaux, the U.S. marketing program of the Bordeaux & Bordeaux Supérieur AOCs Winemakers’ Association, represents all wines produced in the regional appellations.



Bowen’s Wharf Seafood festival returns

PROVIDENCE – The Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival returns Oct. 14-Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event offer fresh local seafood, signature cocktails and cold beer along with live music and family events. Proceeds from the festival benefit Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island’s new 200 ft. official sailing education vessel berthed at Bowen’s Wharf Marina and available for visits. Admission is free and food and beverages may purchased at participating vendor booths. Go to http://www.bowenswharf.com.

The Spirit(s) World – Don Q Pina

PONCE, PUERTO RICO – Destilleria Serrallés Inc., producers of Don Q,, Puerto Rico’s number one rum, is releasing its fifth flavored expression – Don Q Pina

The newest spirit is delicately crafted with aged rums ranging from one to one-and-a-half years in American white oak barrels and infused with 100% natural pineapple juice to obtain a unique tropical expression that also carries the smoothness, versatility and character of Don Q rum.

Roberto Serrallés, sixth generation rum maker, Jaiker Soto, Master Blender, and Silvia Santiago, SVP of production at Destilería Serrallés, teamed up for the crafting of the new spirit that captures the fresh and bright flavors of Destilleria Serrallés’ native island fruit with Don Q’s aged rum.

Savor it in refreshing summer cocktails, the company says. The balanced, bright citrus notes and subtle pair well with coconut water for a modern, low-cal version of the famous Piña Colada, Puerto Rico’s national cocktail.

Don Q Piña is also a perfect match with natural juices for sophisticated cocktails evoking the festive taste of the tropics. No artificial flavors or colors are added to this dry, well-structured, rum, and most recent addition to Don Q’s family of naturally flavored rums, including Coco, Limón, Mojito and Pasión It blends rums aged from one to one and a half years and is 60 proof, 30% ABV.

Food pairing recommendations include rich, sweet and spicy flavors such as Polynesian, Thai or Chinese as well as Latino recipes.

“Don Q Piña is another example of how our team at Destilería Serrallés continues to innovate and expand our brand’s portfolio, while preserving the exceptional character that has been the hallmark of Don Q, Puerto Rico’s number-one rum” declares Roberto Serralles.



Culinary Fight Club launches in Boston

BOSTON – Culinary Flght Club breaks ground here with Pork — It’sMore Than Bacon this week on Wed., April 26 at Mayflower Brewing Company in Plymouth from 6 to 9 p.m. It’s seeking what it calls the “Culinary Talented” here who can create the perfect bite in 60 minutes.The “Bring your best tasting palates out,” the event urges Bostonians. “We want to see all you Bostonian pork lovers put your Taster’s Choice vote in for your favorite bite!” Contestants range from home cooks to executive chefs who choose from 15 provided ingredients. The audience and judges vote and decide the winner. They competitors choose ingredients from the pantry in 45 seconds and have 60 minutes to create the dish that represents their take on the competition’s monthly theme.

The event sponsor is Reinhart Foodservice.  To compete or attend go to http://culinaryfightclub.com/contact/


Wine of the Week – La Copa Vermouth

The Gonzalez Byass portfolio adds La Copa Vermouth, a blend of 8-year old Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez from the century old cellars in Jerez.. It’s a classic aperitif that is based on recipes from the 19th century,

To preserve and recover traditional techniques, they sourced their archives and used Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry from their soleras in Jerez, Spain.
The sweet sherries macerated with aromatic spices and botanicals such as wormwood, clove, orange peel, nutmeg, angelica and quinine, creating a wine with both the flavors of classic Vermouth and undertones of Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherries.

The result is a sweet vermouth that works well in classic mixed cocktails such as the Negroni or by itself on the rocks. The winery chose the opportunity to revive “an original and distinctive brand – La Copa,” and adds that today, vermouth consumption is “on-trend”  in Spain and this new classic aperitif gives mixologists the opportunity to create both old and new cocktails.


Wine of the Week – Domaine De La Réserve D’ O 2012

Domaine De La Réserve D’O  comes from the Languedoc region of France where former wine shop owners Marie and Frederic Chauffray are producing beautiful wines with rich intensity. The 2012 received 92 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.The wine is aged in unlined concrete tanks  and is biodynamic and organic. The grapes are biodynamically farmed in the sub-region, which receives a Mistral wind  off the Mediterranean.
The grapevines are 30-plus years old and are certified organic. Cooler nights and hot sunny days help balance the acids and sugars in the grapes.

This wine is 14 percent ABV. It’s fruity, rich flavors and intensity make it a special wine for either every day drinking or celebratory occasions. Today, Terrasses du Larzac in the Langeudoc-Roussilon has been approved (since 2014) for appellation status. 20170317_151204.jpg