Located on the island of Nantucket, this boutique experience of world class wines and award winning food will forever change you. Over the past 22 years, the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival has become one of the most celebrated wine and food events in the country.
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12:00pm - 2:00pm
Nantucket Yacht Club
1 South Beach St.
Women leaders in the world of food and wine unite for an extraordinary luncheon featuring talented women chefs, women vintners and women sommeliers. This afternoon event includes an array of fabulous females and a special glass of Veuve Clicquot, La Grande Dame to toast the inspiring Madame Clicquot, “Grande Dame of Champagne”. She paved a path of success for Women in Wine and revolutionized the industry. Join Chefs Barbara Lynch, Elizabeth Falkner, Mary Dumont, Tiffani Faison and Katherine Clapner; Vintners Valentina Abbona, Susana Balbo, Delphine Laborde, Suzanne Pride Bryan and Rebekah Wineburg; and Sommeliers Marika Vida, Brooke Sabel, Lauren Friel and Lauren Daddona. Honored guests are Lydia Shire, Chef and Owner of Scampo and Nancy Matheson-Burns, owner of Dole & Bailey, recently acclaimed as the oldest women-owned business in the United States.
- Featured Wines:
- 2006 Veuve Clicquot, La Grande Dame, Reims
- 2016 Illumination by Quintessa, Rutherford, Napa Valley
- 2014 Susana Balbo, Susana Signature Barrel Fermented Torrontes, Uco Valley, Mendoza
- 2013 Marchesi di Barolo, Tradizione, Barbaresco, Piedmont
- 2014 Pride Mountain Vineyards, Vintner Select Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Barbara Lynch, Chef and Author, Barbara Lynch Gruppo
James Beard Award-winner and Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef, Barbara Lynch is regarded as one of the world’s leading chefs and restaurateurs. After working under some of Boston’s greatest culinary talents in her early twenties, Barbara traveled to Italy where she learned about the country’s cuisine firsthand from local women. She returned to her native Boston and became the executive chef at Galleria Italiana, bringing national acclaim to the tiny trattoria when she captured Food & Wine's “Ten Best New Chefs in America” award.
In 1998, Barbara opened a restaurant of her own, No. 9 Park, in Boston’s Beacon Hill. Now at the helm of Barbara Lynch Gruppo, Barbara oversees seven celebrated culinary concepts including No.9 Park, B&G Oysters, The Butcher Shop, Stir, Drink, Sportello, and Menton, and employs a staff of over 250. Barbara is also the author of Stir: Mixing It Up in the Italian Tradition, which received a prestigious Gourmand award for “Best Chef Cookbook” for the United States. Barbara is currently working on her second book, a memoir, which will be published in 2017. Barbara has received numerous accolades over the years. In 2014, she received her second James Beard Foundation Award, this time for “Outstanding Restaurateur”; she is the second woman ever to receive this honor.
Elizabeth Falkner, Chef/Author/Artist,
Falkner is a multiple award-winning chef, worked her way up and owned restaurants in San Francisco, California for over twenty years before moving to New York in 2012. She and has been a James Beard Foundation Award nominee (2005) and relentlessly continues to cook for many charity events and Food and Wine Festivals all over the world.
Cooking competitions have been a favorite “sport” for Chef Falkner and she has competed in multiple culinary competitions including Food Network’s “Next Iron Chef, Redemption,” “Iron Chef America” and “Next Iron Chef, Super Chefs,” in which she was a finalist and runner-up. She has been a three-time competitor on “Food Network Challenge,” as well as a contestant on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters.” In addition to competing, Falkner also has acted as judge on several episodes on the Top Chef series on Bravo network and on Cooking Channel and Food Network, Canada.
Mary Dumont, Chef/Owner , Cultivar
Mary has worked under the tutelage of culinary talents including Traci Des Jardins (Jardiniere), Laurent Manrique (Campton Place), and Daniel Patterson (Elizabeth Daniel) in San Francisco, and Paul Kahan (Blackbird) in Chicago. In 2005, Mary returned to her native New Hampshire to open The Dunaway in Portsmouth where she was honored by Food & Wine magazine as a “Best New Chef” in 2006 – the first chef from New Hampshire to ever win this distinction. In 2016 Dumont opened Cultivar.
Tiffani Faison, Chef and Owner, Sweet Cheeks Q / Tiger Mama
Chef Tiffani Faison began as a line cook for celebrity chef Todd English. She soon was given the opportunity to travel and cook side-by-side with Chef Todd English, and was then hand-selected by Chef Daniel Boulud to open his first West Coast venture, the Wynn Hotel.
In 2006 Tiffani was cast on the first season of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and placed as the runner-up. After the frenzy of “Top Chef”, Tiffani went to work for Gabriel Frasca and Amanda Lydon on Nantucket to get back to the roots of cooking. She was then tapped by former mentor Todd English to become the Executive Chef of a 400-room boutique hotel and restaurant in post-Katrina New Orleans. Following New Orleans, Tiffani was asked to work privately for two known actors, earning her praise and recognition from Hollywood’s A-List. In 2010 Tiffani became Executive Chef at Rocca Kitchen & Bar in Boston, and then in fall 2011, she opened the much-anticipated Sweet Cheeks, a Southern-Style Barbecue restaurant in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. The restaurant is the first restaurant that Tiffani has had full creative vision for and draws inspiration from her love of barbecue and extensive travels in the South. Chef Faison's second restaurant, Tiger Mama, opened in 2015 and quickly became a Boston favorite.
Katherine Clapner, Chef & Co-owner, Dude, Sweet Chocolate
Katherine Clapner, with twenty years as pastry chef, is visionary of the Dude, Sweet Chocolate concept, as well as co-founder, co-owner, and Chef. With an associate’s degree in baking and pastry from the Culinary Institute of America, NY, Katherine headed overseas. First stop was the Savoy, London, then Windsor Court Hotel, Hotel Splendido and Hotel Cipriani under the Orient Express umbrella. Once stateside, she worked under Charlie Trotter and Kevin Graham. She trained and held Pastry Chef positions at Charlie Trotter's, Stephan Pyles, Hilton Hotel Convention Center and Central Market. She consulted with Wholesome Sweeteners, Southwest Vegetarian, P.F. Chang’s, Texas Honey Bee Guild and Rocky Mountain High Brands. Dessert Professional Magazine named Katherine in Top 10 Chefs for 2012, she was featured on Chuck’s Eat the Street and “Beat Bobby Flay.” She was spokesperson and featured chef for Wusthof Knives in 2013 and 2016. Clapner collaborated with Jim Beam, Breckenridge Distillery, Laphroig, Yaupon Tea, Rahr Brewery, Pork Council, Fungus Amongus Mushroom Co., World’s Craziest Funerals, The Flaming Lips, and Valrhona. With four stores in Dallas/Fort Worth, and a full production kitchen, Clapner is usually found in surrounded by an apothecaries’ treasure trove of plants, animals, brain molds, and plastic unicorns.
Lydia Shire, Chef and Owner, Scampo
Born in Brookline, Massachusetts Chef Shire had three children with former husband Tom Shire. She waited tables at the famous Pall Mall jazz club, but cooking and baking were her passion. In 1971, Lydia baked a butter cream cake and took it on an interview at Maison Robert, Boston, and got a job as “kitchen grunt”. Lydia wanted a spot on the hot line with the boys, took a leave of absence, hocked her wedding ring, and went to London to register at Le Cordon Bleu. Back in Boston she worked up to head chef of Maison Robert. She also worked at Harvest, Copley Plaza Café, Parker House and as Executive Sous Chef at Seasons at the Bostonian Hotel with Jasper White, eventually becoming Executive Chef. In Los Angeles she became first female chef of Four Seasons Beverly Hills. There Great Chefs Television first taped her for their Great Chefs of the West series. Back to Boston she opened Biba which closed after September 11, 2001. It reopened as Excelsior Restaurant and owners hired Shire as Executive Chef. She left in 2005 to open and run Scampo. in 2013, Restaurant News inducted her into their Fine Dining Hall of Fame.
Valentina Abbona , Proprietor , Marchesi di Barolo
Valentina Abbona represents Marchesi di Barolo’s 6th generation with her brother Davide. After attending high school in Alba, she studied economics and business at Bocconi University in Milan. During her college years, she travelled abroad extensively: to Manchester, UK and two internships (Hyderabad, India and New York) and lived in Shanghai. Meanwhile she always helped her parents run their family company and often joined her mother Anna on business trips all around the world. She graduated in 2012 and is now working full time in the family winery taking care of hospitality and representing Marchesi di Barolo abroad.
Susana Balbo, Winemaker / Owner, Susana Balbo Wines
Mother, first female winemaker in Argentina, entrepreneur, successful businesswoman and Congresswoman. After graduating cum laude with a degree in Enology in 1981, her first vintage of high quality Torrontés made it clear that Argentina had a white wine to call its own. In addition to working as an international consultant, Balbo has been elected president of Wines of Argentina not once but three times. During this time, Argentinian wine exports made history. Today, she is owner and chief winemaker of Susana Balbo Wines in Mendoza. She is a National Congresswoman and in 2017 was elected by the President of Argentina to be part of the W20. With a 30-year career in the wine industry, Susana Balbo is the most well-known female Argentinian winemaker. In 2012 she was the only Argentinian named among the ‘50 Most Powerful Women in the Wine World’ and in 2015, she was awarded ‘Woman of the Year 2015 by British magazine Drinks Business.
Suzanne Pride Bryan, Vintner & Co-owner, Pride Mountain Vineyards
Suzanne Pride Bryan is vintner and co-owner of Pride Mountain Vineyards, celebrating 27 vintages. The family-owned winery is located atop the Mayacamas Mountains seperating Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley
Rebekah Wineburg, Winemaker, Illumination by Quintessa
Rebekah’s passion for winemaking began at 16 when she visited Napa Valley vineyards with her parents and an Australian friend of her father, a chemist and a winemaker. At each vineyard, he explained winemaking and tasting. It left such a lasting impression that she went on to pursue a dual degree in chemistry and biology at Macalester College with the dream of becoming a winemaker. She enrolled in the winemaking program at the University of California, Davis, where she earned her master’s degree in viticulture and enology. After completing her MS with a thesis on the effects of winemaking techniques on the phenolic composition of Cabernet Sauvignon, she abandoned the lab and went headfirst into a series of harvests in Italy, Oregon, and New Zealand before settling in Napa Valley where she has worked at exceptional producers such as Staglin Family, Rudd Estate and Buccella Wines before joining Quintessa in 2015. She is a professional member of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture and past President of the Napa Valley Wine Technical Group.
Marika Vida-Arnold, AS, Owner, Vida et Fils Wine Consulting
Over the past two decades, Marika Vida-Arnold has served as the Wine Director of the Ritz-Carlton Central Park, New York, Sommelier of the top-rated Laurent Tourondel Bistro, BLT Market and Sommelier for the Philadelphia Ritz-Carlton with ‘Top Chef’ winner Kevin Sbraga. She developed the opening wine program at 10 Arts with Chef Eric Ripert and Chef Jennifer Carroll. Her most recent project is the critically acclaimed Phenomenal Femmes Program, which focused on female winemakers from around the globe has been featured in Bloomberg, Forbes, Haute Living, Gotham, The Somm Journal and The Wine Enthusiast. She holds titles of Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and the American Sommelier Association. She is a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators and holds the Advanced Certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Marika is currently a Wine Educator for the famed Argentine Winery Catena Zapata and she is a member of the Full Circle Sommelier Network, working with Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein. She has served on Eric Asimov’s Tasting Panel for the New York Times and been featured on Barrons.com for romantic wine picks. She is a freelance wine writer.
Lauren Daddona, AS, Wine Director, Del Frisco's
Lauren Daddona is the Wine Director at Del Frisco's in Boston, MA. She holds her Advanced certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers and was the Wine Director at L'Espalier in Boston for five years before joining the Les Sablons team. Lauren's wine career began with six years at Lower Falls Wine Company, a fine wine shop in Newton, MA. Prior to finding wine, Lauren studied Romance Languages and Art History at Bowdoin College, concentrations that led to her studies in France, as well as work at Christie's auction house in New York. Her travels since have sent her to vineyards throughout Europe and the US with additional time spent in South America, New Zealand and Asia. Lauren was named Boston Magazine's Best Sommelier 2017 and is a Director Emeritus of the Boston Sommelier Society. She was a national finalist in the TopISomm 2016 competition and voted a StarChefs Rising Star in 2015. She has been cited in a range of publications including Wine Advocate, Forbes, Food & Wine and SOMM Journal, as well as our own Nantucket Magazine.
Lauren Friel, Sommelier, VinDrop
Lauren Friel is a freelance writer and sommelier living in Boston. She is a wine and lifestyle columnist with both ChefsFeed and Boston.com, and her writing has appeared with Eater, The Kitchn, Terre Magazine, Bravo TV's The Feast, Thrillist, GOOD, Wine Advocate, and Gear Patrol.
In addition to the freelance hustle, Lauren is the creative brain behind VinDrop, a beverage consulting and content development company she founded in 2014. VinDrop is fueled by Lauren's drive to bring good wine to everyone's table. She's lucky to have written wine programs for retailers and restaurants up and down the East Coast, including Committee Restaurant, The Wine Bottega, BAR New Haven, and Michelin-recognized Dirt Candy NYC. Lauren’s wine programs have been featured in Food & Wine, Forbes, Elle Magazine, the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Eater, VinePair, and Serious Eats, and she’s proud to say that the all-female wine list she developed for Dirt Candy is currently the only existing program of its kind in the US. Previously, Lauren held the position of Executive Beverage Director at James Beard Award-Winning Sarma and Oleana restaurants, where her eclectic beverage programs received local and national recognition. including Wine Enthusiast's 100 Best Wine Restaurants Award in 2015.
Brooke Sabel, AS, Director of Wine, Gary's Wine & Marketplace
Brooke Sabel has a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Wisconsin-Stout in Hospitality & Tourism Management and certificates in Wine & Food Pairing from Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain and Southern Cross University, Australia. While at Morrell & Company, NY as Wine Consultant she was recruited by Master of Wine, Christopher Cree for 56 Degree Wine in Bernardsville, NJ. Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa hired her as Assistant Wine Director to assist with numerous events and develop lists for masters Bobby Flay, Wolfgang Puck, and Michael Mina. She developed the wine program at Natirar in New Jersey as Wine Director of its restaurant Ninety Acres. Gary's Wine & Marketplace recruited Brooke as Wine Director. Brooke has been featured on Martha Stewart Radio, Forbes Magazine, CondeNast Traveler, New Jersey Monthly, Inside Jersey, New Jersey Weddings, The Knot, Park Place, Above, Princeton Magazine, Terroirist.com, SOMM Journal, and Tasting Panel. Brooke is Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Sommelier Society of America. She is a Society of Wine Educators Certified Specialist of Wine, a member of Sommelier Society of America and the Guild of Sommeliers. Wine Critic James Suckling describes Brooke as “one to watch out for.”
Nancy Matheson-Burns, President and CEO , Dole & Bailey, Inc.
Nancy is President and CEO of Dole & Bailey, Inc., part of the North East's agricultural heritage for five generations. They are one of the nation’s oldest family-owned and operated food businesses, serving the chef community for over 150 years. Nancy runs a team of committed professionals who carry on the mission to provide great food to all chefs and restaurants. After 40 years with their company, 20 years in the leadership role as President, Nancy is passionate about preserving their agricultural legacy, sourcing quality, healthy, great-tasting foods and educating the culinary community. She and the D & B Team are champions of shaping food culture, connecting with chefs, promoting sustainable practices, keeping abreast of trends and adapting to the ever-changing environment of the food / hospitality industry. Nancy recently acquired 100% ownership of Dole & Bailey, making it a Certified Women-Owned Business – a tremendous accomplishment and one of the only women owned USDA federally inspected establishments in the US.