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Château Smith Haut Lafitte Wine Dinner
7:00pm - 11:00pm
Address will be provided to ticket holders in early May
Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Bordeaux - Florence & Daniel Cathiard, Owners
Bergamot, Somerville, MA - Keith Pooler, Chef & Owner
Join hosts Daniel and Florence Cathiard, owners of the famous Grand Cru Classe De Grave Winery, Smith Haut Lafitte, for an elegant dinner celebrating their renowned wines. The Cathiard’s story is perhaps one of the most colorful in Bordeaux. Daniel Cathiard is well known as a former ski champion – he was a member of the famous French Olympic team including Jean-Claude Killy, Guy Perillat, and Léo Lacroix. he launched and developed a chain of sporting goods shops – Go Sport – in France, Belgium, Spain, and California. Daniel met his wife Florence while on the French Olympic ski team in 1965. She then worked with him managing Genty and Go Sport for ten years before launching her own advertising firm, later becoming Vice President of McCann Europe in 1985. In 1990, Daniel and Florence sold all their business interests to buy Château Smith Haut Lafitte. Over a two year period, they invested massively in renovating both the winery buildings and the 18th century manor house built by George Smith, where they decided to live and to devote their energy to their newfound passion: making outstanding white and red wines. The dynamic duo are still there today. Their stories and their charming style will keep you entertained all evening!
Celebrated Chef Keith Pooler of Bergamot in Somerville has an interesting history as well - the tale of “local boy makes good.” A native of Gloucester, MA, he grew up appreciating the sea and its bounty. Deciding to pursue a career as a chef, he worked at Cambridge’s historic Harvest and with legendary Chef Lydia Shire before opening his own doors - Bergamot. He will create a unique 5-course dinner using local and regional ingredients to pair perfectly with these exceptional wines.
Wines for the dinner Include:
Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2010
Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2010
Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2009
Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2005
Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2000
Florence & Daniel Cathiard , Owner , Château Smith Haut Lafitte
Daniel and Florence Cathiard were members of the famous French National ski team. After the death of his father in 1970, Daniel and Florence found themselves running the family's small supermarkets chain. Within 20 years, they had transformed it into the tenth largest mass distribution group in France, with 15 hypermarkets and 300 supermarkets.
At the same time, they launched and developed a chain of sporting goods shops – Go Sport – in France, Belgium, and California. Florence worked with Daniel managing Genty and Go Sport for ten years before launching her own advertising firm, later becoming Vice President of McCann Europe in 1985. In 1990, Daniel and Florence sold all their business interests to buy Château Smith Haut Lafitte. Over a two year period, they invested massively in renovating both the winery buildings and the 18th century manor house built by George Smith, where they decided to live and to devote their energy to their newfound passion: making outstanding white and red wines.
The reasons we chose Château Smith Haut Lafitte is quite simple: it was love at first sight when we visited the château's magnificent underground cellar, which fits in perfectly with our desire to make one of the world's best wines. The other reason was the unique terroir of semi precious stones and gravels dating back to the quaternary era.
Florence has written a book entitled Art de Vigne (“Art of the Vine”) published by Editions de la Martinière-Aubanel and Autour d’une bouteille. The couple's two daughters have created their own businesses with their respective husbands.
Florence is president of the Conseil Superieur de l’Oenotourisme and has succeeded this year in launching with the Minister of Tourism a multilingual and hexagonal Gate - visitfrenchwine.com - giving access for the first time to all the wine regions of France, including also unsung heroes.
Keith Pooler, Chef and Owner, Bergamot
Chef Keith Pooler believes that hard work and dedication pays off. As a result of more than 20 years of his hard work and dedication to the culinary field, Chef Pooler was able to fulfill his lifelong dream of opening his own restaurants- the award-winning Bergamot in Somerville and BISq in Cambridge.
In 2002, Pooler returned to Boston, taking on the role of Executive Sous Chef at Harvest, in Cambridge. When planning for their next endeavor, Excelsior, Managing General Partner Ken Himmel called upon Pooler to work alongside Lydia Shire in the kitchen of Boston's most anticipated restaurants. He then returned to the kitchen at Harvest where he was the Executive Chef from 2004-2007. In 2007, with plans to open his own place percolating, Pooler left Harvest, taking a position at Lydia Shire's venture in the newly opened Liberty Hotel, Scampo.
In 2010, Pooler opened Bergamot in Somerville, where he serves an ingredient-driven, progressive American menu in a warm neighborhood setting. Bergamot has won a number of awards and accolades through the years. In late 2014, Chef Pooler is opened his second restaurant, BISq, in Cambridge. BISq is short for “Bergamot Inman Square” and will feature shared plates, an innovative chacuterie program and a compelling beer and wine menu. Chef Pooler lives in Somerville with two cats named Lulu and Maximus and spends his time outside of the kitchen playing squash, biking and snorkeling.