Tasting Notes

Hollywood Blockbusters – Thursday, November 17, 2016

Four Courses, Five Ensembles, Six Wines

A evening to stimulate your senses!

wineglassJoin us for an epicurean extravaganza in which our guests enjoy fine wines, a menu created by the Schenectady County Community College Culinary Institute and the artistry of Schenectady Symphony musicians, all selected to complement each other in a harmonious blend of wine, music and food. This year’s event will feature food, wine and music from  California. Inspired by such restaurants as The Brown Derby, Chasen’s and Spago – and paying homage to orchestral favorites of the silver screen – we will celebrate the land of dreams.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Sparkling Reception at 5:30 PM Dinner begins at 6:30 PM

The Van Curler Room, Schenectady County Community College

Reservations are now closed.



Sparkling Reception

Array of local and international cheeses

Assorted breads and crackers

Spiced nuts

Marinated olives

Seasonal fruits

Sparkling Water

Sparkling Wne

First Course:

Shrimp and crab bake with buttered toast points

Buena Vista Private Reserve Chardonnay, 2013, Sonoma

Second Course:

Lentil-Beet Salad – French green lentils, golden beets served on a bed of friséee and baby endive and tossed with a Dijon vinaigrette

Wayfarer “Golden Mean” Pinot Noir, 2013, Sonoma Coast
Fess Parker “Pommard” Pinot Noir, 2013, Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara

Main Course:

Classic chateaubriand

Sliced tenderloin of beef with Merlot reduction, seasonal matchstick vegetables and truffle whipped potatoes

Vegetarian Option – please reserve in advance

House-made pasta with eggplant “meatballs” and spicy marinara

Stonestreet “Legacy” Bordeaux-style blend, 2012, Alexander Valley


Chocolate inspiration: Flourless chocolate cake with praline ganache and vanilla bourbon sauce

Fess Parker “Crockett” Syrah, 2013, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara




In addition to the main event, there are also silent auctions, just in time for holiday gift-giving, including such items as

  • performing arts: tickets to Schenectady Civic Players, Capital Rep, Proctor’s, Glimmerglass Opera, Shakespeare & Co., the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York City Ballet in their summer seasons at SPAC
  • half a dozen collections of wines of all varieties hand-picked by some of the area’s most knowledgeable wine merchants
  • a range of gourmet delights: afternoon tea, chocolates and coffee, Italian treats and more
    artwork : photography, watercolors, oils and giclee prints
  • holiday decor items

And wine raffles – where you can win a $100 bottle of wine for only $5.

It’s a lively, entertaining evening, full of wonderful music and spirited conversation.

Thanks to generous sponsors, silent auction donors and patrons, this event raise more than $5,500 to support the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra ($50 of each ticket is tax-deductible).

Can’t wait to see you there!

Sponsored by:

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  1. Where on campus is it being held? Last year I believe that it was in the Van Curler Room. Charles & Christine Bishop

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