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Chicago's Best Palate

The Local Tourist

Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 7:30 PM (CDT)

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Chicago's Best PalateWhen dining out one of the most important people in the restaurant is the sommelier. This expert helps you navigate the often confusing world of wine to select one that will not only complement, but also enhance the dining experience. In Chicago's rich and varied culinary scene, to be at the top a sommelier needs to have a complex and advanced palate.

The Local Tourist and Windy City Wine Guy have invited Chicago's top sommeliers to compete for Chicago's Best Palate. They'll be trying three wines and will attempt to narrow down the region, the varietal, the year, and just maybe, the winery.

You can test your own palate. As they compete, you'll play along, tasting the same wines and answering the same questions for a chance to win a framed certificate proclaiming your expertise and a special bottle of Eno wine! Even if you couldn't tell a Reisling from a Cabernet you can still win. Choose the sommelier you think will have the best palate for a chance to win a $50 certificate to Eno.

You'll also have the opportunity to mix and mingle with these experts.

Please join us, as we find out who has Chicago's Best Palate.


The Sommeliers:

Scott Tyree

Scott TyreeDuring Scott Tyree's time at Tru, Crain's Chicago Business referred to him as "one of the city's top sommelliers"; he was also chosen by Market Watch as one of the top 8 sommeliers in America and Esquire called him one of the top five to trust in America, among many other accollades. After Tru he joined Hart Davis Hart Wine Company. Last year he founded Tyree Wine Consulting, a Highland Park based firm that specializes in wine cellar design, appraisals, fine and rare wine procurement as well as service industry consultation.




Alain Njike

Alain Njike, Park 52

Alain Njike grew up in his father's restaurant, so it's only natural that he would pursue a career with food, wine, and hospitality. He attended school at the prestigious Ecole Maxime de Paris and went on to receive his sommelier certification. His impressive resume includes two of Chicago's top restaurants, Trotters and NoMi. He's currently the Chef, Sommelier, and General Manager of Park 52.





 Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor, Italian Village

Studying the aspects of fine dining in some of the most well respected restaurants in the city, Michael Taylor has an intense passion for food and wine.  In April of 2007,
Michael proudly became wine director of the Italian Village Restaurants.  He
brings a wonderful ability to pair wine and food as well as a reputation for outstanding service. The cellars of the Italian Village currently carry 1750 different selections, while housing over 40,000 bottles, and are recipients of the Wine Spectator Best of Award.




Lucas Henning

Lucas Henning, C-HouseRaised in central Iowa, Lucas started his career in the food and beverage industry at the Hotel Pattee, a 4 star Historic Luxury Iowa Hotel. Relocating to New Orleans, Lucas worked at the famed Commanders Palace, and Emeril’s Delmonico. It was at Delmonico that he found a passion for wine, starting as server assistant and ultimately becoming Delmonico’s Assistant Sommelier. Lucas later moved to Napa Valley California to further focus his studies. Highlights from his time in Napa include making wines with Jason Moore at Modus Operandi Cellars and building a wine program at Cuvée Restaurant, In 2008 Lucas relocated to Chicago to open Marcus Samuelsson’s C-House restaurant where he currently is the Beverage Manager.


The Hosts:

Michael Bottigliero, Windy City Wine Guy

Michael Bottigliero, Windy City Wine GuyGrowing up with an Italian family in Chicago, Michael learned right away of the significance of good wine with good food.  After a tour in Europe with the US Navy, he returned to home to obtain a History major at UIC while working at some of the city's best bars and restaurants.  His love of wine, beer, and spirits grew and led him to his current position of Sommelier/Wine Manager at ENO in the Intercontinental Chicago.  In 2008, Michael launched, helping Chicagoans with wine education and enjoying some of the finer things in life.




Theresa Carter, The Local Tourist

Theresa Carter is the founder/publisher of The Local Tourist: Chicago's Neighborhood Website and is an Emmy-winning member of the NBC Street Team. In addition to this inauguaral event highlighting Chicago's top sommeliers, she also co-hosts Chef's Table and Chic To Be Geek events, is an occasional co-host on Chicago Acoustic Underground, and is on the planning committee for Chicago Social Media Club. She's training to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro this summer for the Endure To Cure foundation.

Presented by:

The Local Tourist: Chicago's Neighborhood Website   Terlato Wines InternationalEno Wine Cheese

Crimson LoungeGizmo Design

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When & Where

Crimson Lounge
333 N Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60654

Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 7:30 PM (CDT)

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