Young Wine Lovers Go to Limelight

March 26, 2001, 12:00 AM EST

Steve Zobel from Triomphe led an "All About Gnocchi" demonstration at the Wine Brats' Chef Without Hats Disco Inferno event at Limelight.

Wine Brats' Chefs Without Hats Disco Inferno event Limelight Thursday, 03.22.01, 7 PM onward
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It's a good thing everyone wore dark colors to the Wine Brats' Chefs Without Hats Disco Inferno event at Limelight. The precarious mixture of free-flowing red wine and loads of people with little wiggle room set the stage for lots of massive stain accidents. But it was a non-issue to the partygoers. The young crowd of budding wine enthusiasts enjoyed the event's mixture of gourmet food and wine from around the world, and stayed happy and laid-back while participating in wine tastings and cooking demonstrations.

Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Wine Brats is a nonprofit organization that works to attract a new generation of wine enthusiasts through wine education events. The group launched its five-city Chefs Without Hats Disco Inferno Tour in New York, and has stops planned in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Atlanta. Sponsored by Food & Wine magazine, the tour features cooking demonstrations and lessons on pairing gourmet foods with fine wines.

Some of the featured restaurants at the New York stop were Marika, Rain, Verbena, Midway, Calle Ocho and City Eatery, and featured wineries included Glen Ellen, Korbel, Lindemans, Gallo, Montevina and Sterling. Organized by Jill Kennedy, Wine Brats' central and Pacific regional director, and Joel Quigley, Wine Brats' executive director, the event also included a silent auction that raised $5,000 for Share Our Strength, a Washington D.C.-based world hunger charity.

Unfortunately, the event was caught in the middle of a nasty storm, and the line of people wanting to check their raincoats, bags and umbrellas was even nastier. Perhaps because Limelight was originally a church and the space wasn't designed for such events, the coat check facilities were pretty frustrating. We waited for 15 minutes, and inexplicably, the line didn't budge.

--Suzanne Ito

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