The Setai Hotel Miami Beach is paving the way for local food and wine lovers with its launch of a monthly wine dinner series. The recurring events, held in The Restaurant are being organized by chef sommelier Dwayne Savoie, executive chef Mathias Gervais, and food and beverage director Robert Muehlich.
The trio recognized the need to bring wine dinners to the Miami community and hopes to showcase the unique cuisine and pairings that are featured at the hotel. “No one really does wine dinners on Miami Beach,” began Savoie when asked about the launch. “We wanted to introduce our new concept to the Miami area with affordable and delicious wine events.”
Creating and crafting the perfect wine and dinner pairing is a collaborative effort. Savoie, Gervais and Muehlich gather to taste the wines and brainstorm about the ideal matches which lead the chef to create the final menu. “If there is any doubt about the pairing, Chef will make one dish for us to have the exact pairing as the guest.”
Given its acclaimed culinary program, the hotel is able to partner with the some of the world’s most exclusive wineries and wine makers for the series. The first event, hosted on July 31, featured Castello Banfi wines, hand chosen by Luciano Castiello, National Ambassador for Castello Banfi and Banfi Piemonte. “We take our wine dinner series seriously, and partner with only the finest wine makers to ensure that our wine dinner guests will enjoy an exclusive, unique evening,” noted Savoie.
The menu featured pairings including Maine diver sea scallops with Chardonnay Fontanelle Castello Banfi (2012) and Pat LaFrieda dry aged striploin with Brunello di Montacino Poggio all’Oro, Riserva Castello Banfi (2007).
The wine series will continue with dinners on August 28, September 25, October 30, and November 20. For the August event, the Setai will be featuring the wines of Bodegas El Porvenir de Cafayate from Salta, Argentina. Future wine dinners will feature Henri Bourgeois in September, Newton Winery in October, and Top Shelf Washington State Wines in November, noted Savoie.