Chef Joe “JJ” Johnson, best known as the first winner of Rocco’s Dinner Party hosted “An Evening of Exquisite Food & Wine” at Nectar Wine Bar (2235 Frederick Douglas Boulevard, NY, NY 10027), presented by Savor Public Relations last Saturday evening. The evening consisted of a 5-course meal paired with selected wines from the Joseph Carr Winery.
Once I first arrived on the scene at Nectar Wine Bar, I heard the good tunes of soulful music and chatter of great conversation which was very inviting. As I stepped in the dim-light room, I felt a flow of great energy starting with just the decor, from the vibrant light long sleek bar to the cocktail tables dressed in orange linen, complimented with tea lights and fall floral arrangements. The room was mixed with young professionals of all races, all engaging in conversation with a glass of wine in their hand.
Nectar Co-owner, Jai Jai Greenfield & Chef JJ collectively selected the J. Carr wines to pair with his 5-course meal. As each course came out, Chef JJ came out to explain the delicious components of the dish, followed by Jai Jai who described how the flavors paired together. Review the menu below;
Caramelized Brussel Sprouts
Orange, Cranberry, Brittled Peanuts
Butternut Squash Ravioli
Pear, Ginger, Cherry Coconut
Apple Pico de Gallo, Spiced Yogurt
Grass-Fed Beef Carpaccio
Wild Mushroom, Shishto, Lemon Oil
White Chocolate Hazelnut Sponge, Chocolate Kahlua Gelato, Key Lime Pie Part
Collectively throughout the evening, I chatted with several others to ask about their thoughts and opinions of Chef JJ’s creations. I received remarks such as.
“I usually don’t eat brussel sprouts because of the bitter flavor and sulfur smells, but JJ nailed it.”
“I want the recipe to the Butternut Squash Ravioli”
“I enjoyed the beef carpaccio, but I think it needed more cracked pepper”
All and all, once Chef JJ presented his last course, Chocolate Threesome, he caught the attention of many with their eyes widened and eyebrows raised. We all anxiously awaited to sample this decadent sinful dessert. I thought the creamy, milk chocolate gelato added a great textural contrast to the toasted hazelnuts inside the sponge cake. The key lime’s tangy flavor and fragrant note was a great fit between the white chocolate and milk chocolate, which seemed appropriate for its name.
Once the evening of food and wine pairing came to an end, it was turned over to vh1’s celebrity DJ, Amanda Diva who kept the vibe of the night going. She was spinning tunes of Frankie Beverly, Tina Marie, Donnell Jones, and John Legend to name a few. She was very approachable and seemed to absolutely love mixing!
This was my first time in the Harlem Heights area, I would definitely come back to visit the Nectar Wine Bar for drinks with friends and recommend you do too!
Photography Credits: Jessica Oshita / Isaiah Kelsey
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