Last week, Veuve Cliquot hosted a small gathering of San Francisco influencers for a dinner at Namu Gaji in the Misson District. Since it’s not every day that the iconic champagne brand asks you out on a date…I wanted to dress up a bit for the occasion. I wore a special and sparkly Carolina Herrera top with the most intricate glass bead work. Since it still is San Francisco…and we like to mix casual into every setting, I opted for a recent Bloomingdales purchase–these super comfortable yet polished track pants in navy blue. Keep reading below to see some event photos from Drew Altizer and our amazing menu and champagne pairings!Veuve Clicquot Champagne Specialist, Francois Hurtel, hosted an intimate tasting dinner featuring rare vintages from the house of Veuve Clicquot. We dined at a long wooden table covered by beautiful Veuve Clicquot-yellow florals and enjoyed a special farm-to-table Korean menu by Chef Dennis Lee with four original courses, each perfectly paired with a different Veuve Clicquot champagne. Yum!In this intimate setting, Francois Hurtel led us through a champagne tasting, which included Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, Veuve Clicquot Vintage Blanc 2004, Veuve Clicquot Non-Vintage Rosé, Veuve Clicquot Rosé 2004 and Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec. Before taking our seats, the mix of bloggers and media mingled, instagrammed, and sipped glasses of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label.For the first course, we enjoyed raw treatments of local Albacore with compressed watermelon, tamari and basil paired with Vintage Blanc 2004. Following, we tried shiitake mushroom dumplings with mushroom dashi broth, paired with Non-Vintage Rosé. For the third course, we dined on smoked pork chop loin with poha berries and a miso glaze along with grilled peaches, paired with Vintage Rosé 2004. And of course we weren’t done without ending on a sweet note. For dessert, we enjoyed a peach tart and basil ice cream paired with flutes of Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec.
Thank you Veuve Cliquot and Namu Gaji for the beautiful and delicious evening! It was a great time seeing old friends and making new ones over a glass of champagne!