Toast of the Town 2006 — New York and Chicago

Wine Enthusiast's evening of wine, food and the arts draws thousands from all over the country.


On May 22, the promenade at Lincoln Center’s State Theater was once again the site of Wine Enthusiast Magazine‘s premier event, Toast of the Town. Over 1,000 people attended, strolling from station to station to sample great food from some of New York City’s finest restaurants and sips of some of the world’s great wines. Spirits, coffee and Saratoga bottled water were also served, and a lively jazz band played throughout the evening. The crowd was composed primarily of New Yorkers, of course, but an impressive number of people came from as far as New Orleans to attend the event.


Over 60 wineries offered pours and 30 restaurants provided tasting portions of their food. Wine highlights included Sbragia Family Vineyards’ 2002 Rancho del Oso Cabernet Sauvignon; Clarendon Hills’ single-vineyard 2003 Grenache, Merlot and Syrah; Laetitia Winery’s Reserve Pinot Noir; Sauvignon Blanc from


Vergelegen, Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s New World Winery of the Year in 2005; the 2001 Marchesi di Barolo; plus multiple offerings from Champagne Louis Roederer, Piper Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck.

Outstanding foods included Thalia’s spicy salmon tartare with forbidden rice, micro cilantro, ruby red tobiko rae, lotus root chips and ponzu sauce. Luis Caseiro, executive chef at Alfama, presented Polvo Grelhado—grilled octopus served over fingerling potatoes and garnished with shaved bell peppers, tomatoes, red onions, chives and grated eggs in a


cilantro coulis. Toast of the Town, said the chef, is "a great showcase for us."

At the Fresco by Scotto table, owner Anthony Scotto was greeting guests and helping to serve creamy polenta with veal and chicken bolognese and a drizzle of gorgonzola cremaficato. "People love this event," said Scotto as he surveyed the dense but happy crowd. "It makes it nice to be in this business."



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 Toast of the Town Chicago – April 27, 2006

On April 27, over 900 people celebrated Wine Enthusiast Magazine‘s Toast of the Town: Chicago, WE‘s first Toast of the Town outside New York. The evening of wine, food and fun took place at The Field Museum of Natural History, which is situated a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan next to Soldier Field. The museum offers the same class and ambience that people have come to expect from all Wine Enthusiast events, this just a short distance from Chicago‘s Loop. Stanley Field Hall, an area of gleaming white marble interiors, skylit vaulted ceilings and stately columns, was brimming with over 100 tables of wine and food, and hundreds of cultured people enjoying all that the event had to offer.

"It was a great opportunity for restaurant and wine pairings," said Executive Chef Tony Priolo of Coco Pazzo, who served Ragu di Osso Bucco con Polenta. "I had people returning to my table because of how well the food went with the wines."

A live jazz band played as attendees sipped wine from all over the globe -all in the shadow of Sue, the largest and


most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossil ever discovered. In addition to hundreds of wines, there were delicious dishes from 30 of Chicago‘s top restaurants. The sound of merriment filled the hall while guests enjoyed fantastic bottlings from Beaulieu Vineyard, Clarendon Hills and Champagne Louis Roederer along with cuisine from Les Nomades, Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Blue Water Grill Chicago, and many more.

"What an incredible event!" said Wine Enthusiast Chairman Adam Strum. "It’s exciting to see the thirst for quality food and wine at an outstanding venue in Chicago. The response far exceeded our expectations, and we look forward to celebrating this event in Chicago for many years to come."

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Published on May 23, 2006