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Who Decides What ‘Belongs' on a Fine-Dining Beverage Program?

8 days ago   |   By Vine Pair

When Tia Barrett (formerly of the Aviary and now-shuttered Entente) was tapped to develop the beverage program for Esmé , a Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant in Chicago, the beverage director began taking stock of the varied trends she'd encountered over her years working in the industry. One glaring, recurring theme quickly emerged: a dearth of representation across drink suppliers. Esmé opened in 2021, and Barrett's thoughtfully crafted beverage list teemed with bottles from Black, brown, and women producers, skillfully complementing executive chef Jenner Tomaska's artist-inspired...
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