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Chef Bruce's Food & Wine Pairing Seminar


The most effective Food & Wine Pairing seminar offered today. Designed for both expert and novice, Bruce’s unique approach to Food & Wine Pairing will surprise and delight your guests, giving them a new understanding of the true versatility of wine and how they can successfully pair food and wine at home. Bruce has taught in California, New York, Boston, Italy and throughout Canada.



Motivational Speaking

Chef Bruce Riezenman empowers his audience through an interactive Food & Wine Pairing seminar to know how and when to trust their own instincts, when to reach a consensus, and the value of understanding the “full picture” before making critical decisions. Appropriate for groups up to 250, 45 minutes - 1 hour in duration. The simplified seminar [1 taste] can be taught in 20-30 minutes.


Brief Description of Seminar:

  • Introduction and overview of the basics of Food & Wine Pairing
  • 4 wines served: tasting and discussion of wines, origin, flavors and tastes
  • 2 deconstructed dishes specifically paired with the wines offered.  (large portions, enough to compensate for reception or 1st course). Each is a guided tasting and will take approximately 15-20 minutes, during which the guests learn a unique and very approachable method of food and wine pairing.
  • Motivational segment: utilizing the excitement of their recent successes and understanding of the principles of Food & Wine Pairing, Bruce draws analogies between the pairing exercises and management skills, giving the attendees a new appreciation for their own abilities, the opinions of others and the value of proper research and knowledge.

Food & Wine Pairing Seminars (previous):

Salone del Gusto (Turin, Italy)

Boston Wine Expo

Great Cooks at 8 (Toronto)

Ebell Theatre (Los Angeles)

DeGustibus at Macy’s

ISES Northern California (Santa Rosa)

Advanced Wine Pairing for the Industry (E&J Gallo)

Hugh Carpenter’s “Camp Culinary”


Upcoming Seminars & Dinners:

The El Paso Club, El Paso Texas): September 2007

The Torch Club (NYU): October 2007

The Moscone Center (National Electrical Contractors Association [NECA]) October 2007

The James Beard House (NYC): October 2007