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July 30, 6:30 P.M. Talk and Taste: André Hueston Mack’s America: Wine, Whiskey, and Ham!

July 30, 2024 06:30 PM

A Guided Seminar on American Wine, Whiskey, and Hams

25 11th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA

American ham, wine, and whiskey are the center of André Hueston Mack’s wheelhouse. The former sommelier of Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry and Per Se, Mack has a particular affinity and deep knowledge of American wines—specifically homing in on Oregon’s Willamette Valley—American Rye (he's bottling his own spirit), and hams from the Southern states.
During this seminar, Mack will guide guests through a taste of each of the three subjects and share their stories and the special nature of these “made in the U.S.A.” products, which are second-to-none.

General Admission: $95

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Maison Noir Wines “New Noir” Orange 2022
Casella Prosciutto Speciale, New York

Maison Noir Wines “Free Gamay” Gamay 2022
Lady Edison Extra Fancy Country Ham, North Carolina

Maison Noir Wines “Gamma Ray” Red Wine 2022
Dakota Farms Old Fashion Cured Country Ham, Kentucky 

Rye & Sons 2022 Straight Rye
Benton’s Country Ham, Tennessee


About André Hueston Mack:
Iconoclastic sommelier André Hueston Mack was the first African American to be named Best Young Sommelier in America by Chaine des Rotisseurs. He was a sommelier at Thomas Keller’s renowned The French Laundry before opening chef Keller’s three-Michelin-starred Per Se. As one of the top professionals in the wine industry, he has worked with the likes of Amazon, Cadillac, Ebay, National Rental Car, and Microsoft, and has appeared on Anthony Bourdain's The Taste and NBC’s Uncorked. Mack is host of both Bon Appétit’s World of Wine with André Mack, the highest viewed wine show on YouTube, and Through the Grapevine, where he interviews celebrity guests while testing their wine knowledge.
In 2007, he founded Maison Noir Wines, which incorporated his trademark attitude and personal perspective on wine subculture. His wines are unique and distinctive garage wines (micro-négociant) which source the best fruit possible in the Willamette Valley region of Oregon to produce wines showing the individuality of their respective sites and terroirs. In 2022, he launched Rye & Sons, a celebration of America’s original, but oft overlooked, spirit—Rye Whiskey.
A self-taught graphic designer, Mack designs all of his labels as well as a t-shirt line for Maison Noir Wines. He has also authored Small Thyme Cooks, the world’s first culinary coloring and activity book, which he also illustrated, and 99 Bottles: A Black Sheep’s Guide to Life-Changing Wines, his part-memoir, part-wine guide. With his wife Phoebe Damrosch, Mack founded and runs & Sons Hospitality Group in the Prospect Lefferts Garden neighborhood of Brooklyn.



Tickets to events held at Platform at Pier 57 by the James Beard Foundation cover the cost of food, education and a unique dining experience. Meals are prepared by culinary masters from all regions of the United States and around the world. Unless otherwise stated, alcoholic beverages are provided on a complimentary basis and are not included in the ticket price.

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James Beard Foundation events permit guests age 21 years and older to attend events where alcoholic beverages are served. 

Dietary/Food Restrictions Policy:

Events at Platform by JBF are special one-night-only menus and we do not offer a la carte menus. If you have serious food allergies, we will work with the visiting chef team to do our best to accommodate but cannot guarantee that alternate options will be available for every course.

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