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Anyone who knows me knows how much I j’adore Champagne (just doing my part to delay the onset of dementia and improve spatial memory—like, where’s my glass?). And I also love any excuse to head to Berkeley for the extraordinary double-skin dish and Peking duck at the Yu family’s inimitable ~GREAT CHINA~, open since 1985, which also offers some of the best wine selections of any Chinese restaurant around. So let’s put it all together and have a fabulous dinner party, right?
I’m thrilled to announce I will be hosting a special Sunday banquet supper at Great China (my first tablehopper supper in the East Bay!), in partnership with the Champagne Henriot, on Sunday December 6th. Champagne Henriot is one of the oldest family-owned and family-managed Champagne houses (founded in 1808!), currently in the eighth generation with Thomas Henriot. James Yu of Great China sometimes pours Henriot by the glass, and it pairs so well with their many elegant (and often delicate) Shandong-rooted dishes (read more in my review here). Also elegant: Henriot’s house style, which is driven by Chardonnay, with long lees aging (it’s rich and focused, with elegance and finesse). Get excited for a night of tasting some gorgeous cuvées!
Take a look at our event’s extensive menu, which highlights many of Great China’s specialties. And we’ll be pouring the Champagne Henriot selections en magnum, always a special treat.
First Course Champagne Henriot Brut Souverain Fish Dumplings, Salt & Pepper Prawns, Zhen Jiang Spareribs, Double Skin
Second Course Champagne Henriot Brut Rosé Peking Duck
Third Course Champagne Henriot Blanc de Blancs Steamed Surf Clams with Garlic Rice
Fourth Course Champagne Henriot Brut Millésime 2006 Ginger Scallion Crab with Noodles
Final Course Champagne Henriot Brut Souverain Cumin Lamb, Ant Climbed the Tree, Walnut Prawns, Snow Pea Leaves with Century Eggs, Guo Ta Tofu, Jasmine Rice
You won’t want to eat much that day, because this supper is a tour de force! We’re going to start at 5:30pm, and to be clear, it will be served family style. This is a banquet!
Tickets for the night are only $70, inclusive of tax and gratuity. (And since it’s the holidays, I will be making a donation to the SF-Marin Food Bank with some of the proceeds.) Hop to it, and I look forward to feasting and drinking exquisite Champagne Henriot with you!
Also worth noting: since we are going to be drinking, anyone coming from SF will be happy to know that the Downtown Berkeley BART station is less than four blocks away.
Great China’s famed double-skin dish. Photo: © tablehopper.com.
Sunday Dec 6, 2015 5:30pm $70 Tickets Great China 2190 Bancroft Way (at Fulton St.), Berkeley