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WGBY Wine Lovers Dinner

2019 WGBY Wine Beer and Food Lovers Weekend Benefit Tasting in Springfield MA

Fine Dining with Guest Chef Sanford D’Amato

Saturday, March 16 from 6–10 p.m.
Tower Square Hotel
Downtown Springfield

Supporting public television never tasted so good!

The 2019 Wine Lovers Dinner features a seven-course menu carefully designed by guest chef Sanford D'Amato of Good Stock Farm. GET WINE DINNER TICKETS »

The Edible Footprint of the Pioneer Valley

Guest chef Sanford D'Amato has designed a menu inspired by the cultures of those who formed and found themselves a part of today’s Pioneer Valley. For D'Amato, this theme squares with his philosophy and style of food, which he began labeling as "Contemporary Ethnic" some 35 years ago.

"The immigrants, when they moved to the Pioneer Valley, would have to adapt the food that they knew to the products of this country," D'Amato says. "Not always having the exact ingredients that they grew up with, their food changed into a new style that was at times not recognizable to visiting relatives of their country. Yet, all it took was their first mouthful for it to become completely recognizable as it had the tastes, aromas, techniques and flavor memories of their specific country. This style of food, contemporary ethnic, is the blueprint for modern American cuisine."

D'Amato will be on hand at the dinner to help explain his methodologies and ideas. Meanwhile, his menu will be carefully executed by a culinary team.

Amid seven courses of mouth-watering food will be carefully and expertly paired wines. Diners will learn about each pairing, and discover the ways wine and food marry on the palate.


  • Greeting
    • Champagne toast featuring Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut
  • First Course (Italy) — Eggplant Caponata with Toasted Pignoli and Lamb Ragu Arancini with Smoked Tomato and Mint Emulsion
    • Wine Pairings: Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Etna Rosato 2017, Pietradolce Etna Rosso 2017
  • Second Course (Native American) — Fragrant Butternut Squash Soup with Dried Cranberries, Sumac and Pecans
    • Wine Pairings: Black Birch Vineyard Chardonnay 2017, Muri Gries Schiava "Santa Maddalena" 201
  • Third Course (Mexico) — Dungeness Crab Ceviche with Serrano Ham and Candied Serrano Peppers and Orange-Garlic Vinaigrette
    • Wine Pairings: La Cana Albariño 2017, Louis Michel Chablis 2017
  • Fourth Course/Intermezzo (Latin America) — Mango Sorbet with Grilled Pineapple Broth
  • Fifth Course (Asia) — Asian-Barbequed Striploin with Grilled Baby Bok Choy and Vietnamese Slaw
    • Wine Pairings: Truro Vineyard Triumph Meritage 2015, Orin Swift Palermo 2016
  • Sixth Course (England) — Griddled Pear and Stilton Croûte with Caramelized Onions, Walnuts and Walnut Oil
    • Wine Pairing: Carmes de Rieussec Sauternes 2015
  • Seventh Course (Poland) — Lemon Poppy Seed Cheese Torte with Tart Cherry Sauce
    • Wine Pairings: Bertani Recioto della Valpolicella 2014, Blandy's 5-year old Malmsey Madeira


This is a foodie experience of a lifetime. Not only will you sample unique flavors from a celebrity TV chef, but you will also get a tutorial about wine paired with each course. It’s not only a fine dining experience, but a wine tasting, and wine appreciation class all wrapped into one.


The WGBY Wine Lovers Weekend tasting event is the largest wine, beer, and food tasting in western New England, and it’s held the night prior. Get Tasting Details »


WGBY encourages responsible drinking, and only adults (21+ years of age) are allowed. As each course of the WGBY Wine Lovers Dinner will be paired with a fine wine, you would be wise to pace yourself. The Yellow Cab taxi company (413-739-9999) will be operating independently each night of Wine Weekend.


Contact WGBY’s Director of Community Relations and Events Marie Waechter by phone at 413-781-2801, Ext. 1547 or by e-mail at mwaechter@wgby.org.


Online ticket sales are closed. Tickets will NOT be available at the door.