What an experience. Sage teams up with A. Hardy U.S.A. for a $500 per person cognac and champagne pairing dinner on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m. Executive chef Richard Camarota created a five-course menu; each starts with a cognac tasting, followed by a champagne pairing from the Hardy house selected by Kim Wood, Aria's director of wine. Aria mixologist Craig Schoettler and A. Hardy U.S.A. CEO Benedicte Hardy host the evening.
Pre-dinner cognac will be served, including Rosebud Family Reserve, a blend of small lots of cognac collected after World War I by company founder Armand Hardy; Noces D'Or, an award-winning blend of 40 different Grande Champagne cognacs and aged a minimum of 50 years; and Noces De Perle, a blend of 10 different Grande Champagne cognacs and aged a minimum of 30 years in limousin oak, a process that allows for the transfer of certain aromas to the spirit.
Here's a look at the menu:
Pork terrine with poached fig, lemon cucumber pickles and frisee paired with Drappier "Nature" Brut NV
Fois Gras Custard "Brulee" with pear jam, toasted cocoa nibs and salted brioche paired with Drappier "Quattuor" Brut NV
Chestnut Soup "Masison Rouge" with sweet potato, truffle and burnt marshmallow paired with Drappier "Nature" Brut Rose NV
Kobe Skirt Steak Diane with potato boulangere, spinach and wild mushroom paired with Drappier "Grande Sendree" Brut 2005
Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta with apples, candied walnuts and plum ice cream paired with Drappier Rose NV
After the meal, guests can sample two final cognacs: Noces de Diamant, a cognac with apricot, almond, prune and leather notes and Perfection, an extremely rare, 150-year-old cognac with hints of chocolate and coffee.