Recap: Women Of Food And Wine Dinner At Boarding House

I was fortunate enough to attend the Women of Food and Wine Dinner at Boarding House in Chicago, put on by Master Sommelier Alpana Singh. After socializing over bubbly, Alpana opened the evening by explaining the purpose of the dinner. Women represent some of the top talent in the food and wine industries, but are rarely recognized for it. After a major media outlet published a top wine professional list that did not include one single woman from around the world, Alapna decided to do something to recognize the amazing women in the industry. The food was made by Alpana’s female led kitchen, all of the wines were from female winemakers (and one female led) wineries and all of the pairings were determined by some of the top female sommeliers in Chicago.

Here’s what we ate and drank. (Apologies for the terrible photos, it’s dark in the cellar)

Carrot Soup Shooter, Candied Giner, Pea Foam
Foie Gras Mousse, Brioche, Smoked Sea Salt, Cherry
Fitz-Ritter Riesling Sekt, Germany

Fitz Ritter Riesling Sekt Bottle Boarding House






First Course

Hamachi Crudo, Hearts of Palm, Chili Oil, Feuille de Brik
Turner-Pageot, La Rapture, Sauvignon Blanc, France 2012
Winemaker: Karen Turner
Sommelier: Rachel Driver Spekan – City Winery

Himachi Crudo Boarding House








Second Course

Ricotta Ravioli, Duck Confit, Cherries
La Stoppa, Trebbiolo Rosso, Emiglia-Romanga 2011
Winemaker: Elena Pantulconi
Sommelier: Rachael Lowe – Brindille

Ricotta Ravioli Boarding House






Third Course

Scallop & Braised Beef Cheeks, Celery Root, Brussels
Antoniolo Gattinara, Piedmont 2007
Winemaker: Rosanna Antoniolo
Sommelier: Shebnem Ince – Perman Wine

Scallop And Braised Beef Cheeks Boarding House






Cheese Course
Savory Manchego Cheesecake, House-Made Membrillo
Domaine de Souch Cuvee Marie Kattelin Jurancon 2011
Winemaker: Yvonne Hegoburn
Sommelier: Rachael Lowe – Brindille

Chocolate Custard Tart, Pomegranate Seeds
Duval-Leroy, Lady Rose, Champagne
Winemaker: Sandrine Logette-Jardin
Sommelier: Erin Drain – Cream Wine

Alpana Singh Boarding House

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