COUNTERFEIT CLASSICO: Sniffing Out an Imposter
Comparative wine tasting. High flavor, low production cost. Attendees come away having learned something, not just drank something.
A blind comparative tasting of classic wines versus their "counterfeit" counterparts from unlikely sources.
Master of Ceremonies / Keynote
- 2016 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
- 2016 VA-1 Tourism Summit
- 2015 Virginia Artisans Conference
- 2013-15 Elbys (Richmond Restaurant Awards)
- 2014 London / Virginia Pop-Up: Chef’s Penthouse Grosvenor House
- 2012 Virginia Wine Summit
- 2011 National Wine Blog Awards
- 2011 Sean Parker’s Coachella
- 2009 James River Writers Conference
- 2005-08 The Ritz-Carlton Modern Gentleman Seminar Series
- 2005 Smithsonian Institute's “Savvy Epicure” Series
BOOTS & FLUTES: Handmade Cowboy Boots Paired with Boutique Bubbly
Cool trunk show with bubbly and oysters. High style and flavor, medium production cost, popular with ladies and gents.
For a special pre-wedding or birthday bash, this is the real deal. Our pals at Space Cowboy Boots in NoLita (the spot for high-end cowboy boots in NYC) offer a mobile trunk show at your venue. Paired with the boots, a flight of estate-grown bubblies. We'll start things off dramatically with a feat of sabrage (beheading a bottle using a short sword) and then we show everyone how to shuck and love regional oysters.
PORTO & CACAO: Fortified Wines & Fine Chocolates
High flavor, medium production cost, medium production value. Nice as an end-of-night add-on, popular with a mixed crowd.
We pair our favorite boutique chocolates with Port, Madeira, Sherry and other fortified treats.
STICKS & STONES: Cigars and Whiskey
High flavor, medium production cost, sophisticated but casual. Nice as an end-of-night add-on.
A primer that wends through the worlds of whiskies (from mash to barrel to bottle) and cigars (from filler to binder to wrapper). We bring our mobile humidor along with a few wild and under-the-radar sippin spirits.
BEASTS & BOAMS: Whole Animal Feasting & Large Format Drinking
High flavor, medium-high production cost, high production value. A real statement-maker.
A page from the go-big-or-go-home playbook. We cook up proteins of all sizes, demo some butchery along the way and serve wine, beer and bubbly exclusively from Jeroboams (3.0 L / double magnums).
BLUE RIDGE, RED CARPET: The Best of Virginia Bounty
Lamb on a spit with lots of supporting food/drink. High flavor, high production value, and a pricetag to match for this bespoke evening. Delicious and convivial way to introduce our region to out-of-towners or connect local and visiting teams for a night of modern Virginia hospitality. Esquire magazine named Virginia its "Food Region of 2014."
LEGS & EGGS: Cuvées and Caviar
High flavor, big-ticket, high production value for a celebration that is nothing short of legendary. Just right for "big" birthdays or celebrating a great year for the C-suite players.
MG knows caviar and champagne. We have terrific relationships with two premier caviar producers and several Champagne houses. This is a high-ticket affair, but it blows people’s minds. MG pal Nick Stefanelli, one of the hottest chefs around.Washington DC (or anywhere), is killer with charcuterie. Together we know how to showcase a gorgeous variety of caviar preparations.