Located on the island of Nantucket, this boutique experience of world class wines and award winning food will forever change you. Over the past 21 years, the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival has become one of the most celebrated wine and food events in the country.
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Bubbles & Claws
1:00pm - 3:00pm
50 Easton St.
Champagne and Lobster over-looking Nantucket Harbor - a dreamlike experience! Join us for this decadent pairing featuring passionate personalities that will keep you engaged and entertained. Veuve Clicquot Winemaker, Delphine Laborde will take you on a journey through the distinct qualities of three Veuve Clicquot Cuveés: Yellow Label, Vintage and Rosé. Paired perfectly with this bubbly presentation are lobster dishes created by Chefs David Blessing of Newport Beach House (Newport RI) and Carolyn Johnson of Mooncusser Fish House (Boston). These talented luminaries will lead us in lively conversation with a delicious combination of two of our most cherished indulgences: Champagne and Lobster.
- NV Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut, Reims
- NV Veuve Clicquot Rosé Brut, Reims
- 2008 Veuve Clicquot Brut, Reims
David Blessing, Vice President Culinary Arts and Development, Newport Beach House
Growing up in Portland, ME, carrots were king and a minor obsession with carrot cake began. As a boy, it was not unusual for him to feign illness, skip school and bake the day away. Both David’s grandmothers were exceptional cooks; one a true Maine Downeaster, the other from Abruzzi, Italy. Blessing worked in many capacities in his father’s restaurants. His professional career in Boston began 30 years ago. He spent 13 years with the Four Seasons Hotel Boston and San Francisco; and held positions as Executive Chef, Executive Sous Chef and Chef de Cuisine of the nationally acclaimed Aujourd’hui. He moved to California as part of the leadership opening team of Four Seasons working alongside renowned Chefs, Restaurateurs and Hoteliers. In 2006 Blessing partnered with Columbus Restaurant Group, and mentor and restaurateur, Jamie Mammano at Sorellina, Mistral and as Executive Chef opening L’Andana Grill in Burlington, MA. Blessing joined Longwood Venues + Destinations in 2010. David oversees culinary programs for Longwood’s five properties in Boston, Brookline, Cape Cod and Newport. His cooking highlights the local bounty of New England while bringing the same personal connection to the food he had as a child to his communal table today.
Carolyn Johnson, Chef, 80 Thoreau & Mooncusser Fish House
For two decades, Carolyn left her mark on Boston’s culinary scene. From rocking wood grills at Stan Frankenthaler’s Asian-inspired Salamander, to time at Icarus, Chris Douglass’ former New American restaurant, Carolyn honed her knowledge and expertise. Before joining partners Ian Calhoun and Vincent Vela to open 80 Thoreau, Carolyn was Chef de Cuisine at the highly praised Rialto Restaurant. Over seven-years under Chef Jody Adams, Carolyn worked closely on Rialto’s 2007 re-conception. 80 Thoreau, a progressive New American restaurant in historic Concord, Massachusetts, earned a three star review from The Boston Globe as well Boston magazine’s “Best New Restaurant, West of Boston.” Carolyn earned recognition as Food & Wine “People’s Choice” finalist for three consecutive years. Carolyn is committed to preparing locally sourced cuisine showcasing creative, seasonal dishes that embellish New England ingredients and traditions with French technique. She brings this level of dedication to Mooncusser Fish House. The menu highlights locally sourced fish, alongside sustainable alternatives. When not in the kitchen, Carolyn is active in Chefs Collaborative. She has been involved with Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, Share Our Strength and the Greater Boston Food Bank. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and home brewing with her husband.
Delphine Laborde, Winemaker, Veuve Clicquot
Delphine Laborde was born in Reims in 1983. As a child, she spent most of her time in the vineyard of her family close to Reims. She became engineer in agronomy (AgroParisTech) in 2007. Following her passion for viticulture and oenology, she moved to the South of France to pass the National Diploma of Oenology at the Montpellier SupAgro Engineer School. She started working in Germany at a family estate and came back to her native region to be in charge of the vineyard development of a famous Champagne house in Aÿ. Thereafter she worked at the Champagne Committee (CIVC) in Epernay as a consultant in viticulture and was selected to organise the 2011 European Champagne Ambassadors’ Award, a competition honouring the best wine professionals who contribute to improve Champagne knowledge. In 2012 Delphine joined the Veuve Clicquot winemaking team led by Dominique Demarville. She is involved in the blending tastings and in charge of the personalised vinification of plots selected from the House’s exceptional vineyard. Since 2015 she has supervised a study on the reserve wines ageing.