Ken Frank of Napa Valley’s La Toque Restaurant recently teamed up on October 30th with two other Michelin star celebrity chefs, Eric Ripert and Daniel Boulud in the Big Apple as the guest chefs for the inaugural Robert Parker Wine Advocate Extraordinary Winery Awards and the release of the 13th edition of the MICHELIN Guide New York City.
This gala dinner was prepared by some of the most renowned chefs from Michelin starred restaurants around the country held at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York. This gala was the first collaborative event in the US between Michelin and Robert Parker Wine Advocate. At this coveted private event, Michelin-recognized chefs and restaurateurs, food press, vintners and other special guests were in attendance to celebrate the 2018 stars. Guests were also treated to the musical stylings of recording artist Colbie Cailet.
Guests at this exclusive high price tag dinner were treated like royalty, with an evening that began with a cocktail hour and passed canapes by Ziegfeld Ballroom Executive Chef Matthew Tiscornia. One of the highlights was their experience with a once in a lifetime five-course dinner prepared by these 3-world-renowned Michelin-starred chefs. Eric Ripert – Le Bernardin, New York; Daniel Boulud – Daniel, New York and Ken Frank – La Toque, Napa Valley.
Course One prepared by Chef Daniel Boulud – King Salmon “Bellevue” with Wild American Sumac, Fennel, Figs and Harissa Emulsion
- Course Two prepared by Chef Eric Ripert – Dungeness “Crab Cake”, Old Bay Crisp, Shellfish-Cardamom Emulsion
- Course Three prepared by Chef Ken Frank – Prime Dry Aged NY Steak with Fiscalini Pearls and Cabernet Foie Gras Sauce
The honored wines poured at this signature Gala were represented by vintages almost exclusively from the Napa Valley and were selected in conjunction with the Napa Valley Vintners Association.
This is the first year that with this special event that the new series of winery awards highlighted the best wineries in the country. Robert Parker Wine Advocate Editor and Chief Lisa Perrotti-Brown commented: “Each year our review team travels the wine world seeking greatness. The Extraordinary Winery Awards will bring to the attention of our subscribers those wineries that sit qualitatively above all others within their regions.”
The winner for the best Napa Valley Winery for 2017 by the Robert Parker Wine Advocate Extraordinary Winery Awards was awarded to Harlan Estate at the Gala.