• Alice Hama

Sunday Funday at More Bubbles Brunch at Hedley & Bennett with Chef Nancy Silverton

The exciting festival of all the great bubbles around the world, Effervescence was back in LA over the last weekend 5/3-5/5.

The Highlights included the "once-in-a-life-time" Krug experience dinner, Grand Tasting featuring top Champagne maisons, Michelin-starred Guest Chef Dinners, and Brunch event featuring LA celeb chefs.

I was very fortunate to catch the last event of this series, "More Bubbles Brunch at Hedley & Bennett with Chef Nancy Silverton".

Chef Nancy Silverton and the team

About Chef Nancy Silverton: One of the most celebrated female chefs in LA. Chef Nancy Silverton is the co-owner of Pizzeria and Osteria Mozza in LA and Newport Beach, as well as Mozza2Go and Chi Spacca in LA. She also founded the world-renowned La Brea Bakery and Campanile Restaurant, an institution that Angelenos cherished for decades.  In 1990, Nancy was named one of Food and Wine Magazine’s“Best New Chefs.” Also that year, she was named “Pastry Chef of the Year” and “Who’s Who of Cooking” by the James Beard Foundation. In 2014, she received the highest honor given by the James Beard Foundation for “Outstanding Chef” as well as listed as one of the Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink by Fortune and Food and Wine Magazine. (click here for full description by Effervescence LA) .

Caviar & Smoked Salmon is always the best friend with elegant sparkling wines! The quiche was also super delicious!

And of course, when you are having superb wines, you have to have GREAT cheese...

Cheese Presentation by Francois Robin

I have been noticing there is a growing number of England brands entering into US market. I can tell England is getting very active on sparkling wine game. I personally loved the fine bubbles and balanced acidity of this Ridgeview Fitzrovia Rose !

Ridgeview Winery

Another country to note for the strong sparkling wine industry presence is South Africa. I was told the number of wineries producing sparkling wines had more than doubled in the past decade. The standout from the table was Backsberg Brut. This is a Kosher-certified wine with a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It had the great elegant small bubbles with floral aromas of white bouquet of lily and acacia. Pure taste with great body with edgy mineral nuance.

Sparkling wines from South Africa

I met Justin there! He is my Instructor & Mentor from UCLA Extension Wine Education and Management program (I graduated back in 2010). He currently runs his own importer Rinascimento Wine Company and I had an opportunity to taste some natural sparkling wines from his portfolio. What caught my attention was Pojer E Sandri Zero Infinito.

The name Zero comes from.... "ZERO fungicides, ZERO insecticides, ZERO deriva, ZERO clarifying agents, ZERO chemical impact, ZERO antioxidants, ZERO filtrations, ZERO commercial lyophilised yeasts, ZERO sulphurous, ZERO treatments" .... omg this is so serious.

The wine was so unique, packed with umami-flavor and this should pair very well with sensitive dashi-driven dishes.  

The list of participating sparkling wine producers:

- Acinum - Asti DOCG Consortium - Backsberg Estate Cellars

- Bortolomiol

- Boschendal Wine Estate

- Broglia

- Chandon

- Chapel Down English Sparkling Wines - Colmant Cap Classique

- Domaine Pfister Bas Rhein

- Domain Richou, Anjou

- Domain Spiropoulous - Dos Cabezas

- Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard

- Feudo di Santa Tresa

- G.D. Vajra

- Hakkasan Sake Brewery

- Hillersden Estate Wines

- Il Colle

- Inman Family Wines

- Jaume Giro

- Ken Forrester Wines

- M. Bonnamy

- Marenco

- Mata Coloma -Pere Mata

- Melville Winery

- Pisoni

- Pojer E Sandri

- Ridgeview Wine Estate

- Scharffenberger Cellars - Simonsig Wine Estate

- Tamellini

- Tenuta Pederzana

- Tre Monti

- Villa Sandi

Lastly, a bit about the event venue! About Hedley & Bennett: Professional cook turned culinary entrepreneur, Ellen Bennett, founded her LA-based company Hedley & Bennett with the mission to reimagine culinary workwear. Six years later, the brand was touted by The New York Times as pioneering “Modern Kitchen Style.” Hedley & Bennett’s one-of-a-kind headquarters includes a state-of-the-art test kitchen, colorful showroom, and production line, where each premium apron is made by hand.

Inside Hedly & Bennett - Craft apron company based in Fashion District of Downtown LA

Pretty patio area of Hedley & Bennett

Thank you very much Jarvis Communications for the invite!

The event was very fun, delicious, and educational!