Ever wonder what distinguishes saké from wine? And why, technically speaking, it is actually beer? What's its culinary function? And how is it shown to best effect in a cocktail? Well, The Museum of the American Cocktail answers all those questions when celebrated sommelier (and native Roman) Roberto Loppi lead participants on a tasting tour of the world of saké. Guests will learn what they need to know to select and appreciate a fine saké, all while enjoying innovative takes on classic Vietnamese dishes by Chef Hannah An at The District by Hannah An.
Tickets are $40 in advance, $35 for SoFAB-MOTAC and USBG members, and $50 at the door. If you have any issues with the ticketing software or would prefer to make your reservation on the phone, please call us at 504-267-7490. Tickets may be refunded or exchanged up to 48 hours prior to the event. After 48 hours no refunds will be available.
About the Presenters
Rising up in the fine dining scene of his hometown Rome, Italy. Roberto quickly became a prominent Head Sommelier for the Michelin starred Hakkasan in the UK, where he moved in 2006. With the group expanding globally, he took on the task of establishing the beverage operations in luxury settings of UAE (Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi) and India (Mumbai), before being promoted to corporate US Director of Wine for Hakkasan USA in 2012 (NYC, San Francisco and Hakkasan Restaurant & Nightclub at MGM Grand, Las Vegas). The need for more wine, sun and surfing brought him to California where he consults for private clients and A-list celebrities. While running the program at the 5* property Montage Beverly Hills. Roberto is a WSET Wine & Spirits Educator, Certified Trainer and holds certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers, Italian Sommelier Association, Bar Smarts, Sake Sommelier Association and Sake Education Council. You find him at industry events. Or probably sitting next to you at a bar, bothering the bartenders for a blind tasting!
Intricately handcrafted to transport guests into Vietnam's sensational past, The District by Hannah An is unlike any Vietnamese restaurant in the U.S. In Hannah's words, "I aspire to host the most elaborate dinner party for our family and friends every night." Because it's not only a restaurant that she has built; it's a home, one that is a direct reflection of her family dynasty and cultural ties to Vietnam. Like the experience in her country of birth, every guest is greeted, served and tended to like they're part of the family; they're encouraged to sit, enjoy, linger, and learn-no guest should ever feel rushed. Because so much history graces the casual-upscale setting, from the cuisine to the decor, staff members are encouraged to create conversations that educate through shared interest. This, too, helps break the ice between strangers (whether seated at the communal table or in the Hoi An room).