The gourmet fare of award-winning chef Jamie DeRosa found new wine pairings onboard the yacht SoloContigo in April, at a special event hosted by SoloContigo Wine. Digest Miami introduced the first edition of its Tastemakers Dinner Series aboard the vessel, in celebration of the one-year anniversary of Tongue & Cheek restaurant, where DeRosa is both owner and head chef.
The Tastemakers Dinner series is an invite-only event bringing together key influencers in business, culinary, philanthropic and social circles for a monthly cocktail reception and dining experience. Each dinner is hosted at a secret location that is only revealed 24 hours prior to the event.
Chef DeRosa conjured a menu of five courses, which were paired with a selection of Solo Contigo wines. For instance, the entree was a tender short rib, accompanied by couscous, house-made cucumber yoghurt and harissa. It was paired with SoloContigo’s French oak-aged Colección Malbec 2010, which has a 90-point rating by Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate.
“It was beyond successful,” said national sales and marketing director Chris Ladas, reflecting on how well the meal was received, and how guests lingered through the warm evening on the SoloContigo yacht. They stayed to share stories with Noel and Terry Neelands, owners of the vessel and of SoloContigo Wine. SoloContigo produces a selection of premium wines in Argentina.