Ask a Sommelier: Amanda Danielson


Adventurous oenophiles know that Michigan's Old Mission Peninsula has a lot to offer, as shown by the multiple accolades showered on Trattoria Stella by Wine Spectator. The restaurant's team will bring their sophisticated interpretations of Italian food and Traverse City Wine Trail selections to the James Beard House on Thursday, June 11. We spoke to wine director Amanda Danielson about the diversity of the Great Lakes, her inspiration behind her Beard House menu, and her dreams of serving royals.




What’s your earliest food memory?

1970s Detroit: going into my grandparents’ cellar to pull up jars of canned fruits and vegetables that my grandmother preserved from items grown in their city garden.


What is your inspiration behind the wine pairings for this Beard House event?

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On the Menu: May 9 through May 15

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, May 10, 7:00 P.M. Malaysian Kitchen We’re honored to be hosting the closing dinner of NYC’s Luckyrice Festival, a celebration of the depth and breadth of Asian cuisine. We’ll be joined by Malaysian-inspired chef Zak Pelaccio and Malaysian-born Simpson Wong for a meal filled with the rich flavors of this multicultural cuisine. Tuesday, May 11, 6:00 P.M. The Great South African Wine Show Join us at the breathtaking Tribeca Rooftop for the largest tasting of South African wines in United States history. At this walk-around event you will be able to taste over 400 wines from over

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