Boston 30 Under 30 Honorees Host Scotch & SupperBy Scott Kearnan | December 12, 2013 By Scott Kearnan | December 12, 2013
Not content to let our Boston 30 Under 30 celebrations end with a single party (though what a great one it was), last night the Zagat team assembled a more intimate group of ticket buyers and VIP contest winners for "Scotch & Supper," a special event hosted by two honorees: Katie Emmerson, bar manager of cocktail den The Hawthorne, and Molly Hopper Sandrof, its director of talent and staff development. (She also leads the way at its sibling restaurants Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar and Row 34.) The idea was to give an up-close and personal look at what makes their work special. So Emmerson (pictured left) started the evening off with an educational presentation on Scotch and the finer points of whisky terroir — complete with oversized map and, of course, plenty of sips. She also provided a little firsthand instruction, guiding several guests through the process of whipping up cocktails like the Wildest Redhead, the creation of Raines Law Room guru Meaghan Dorman.
One of the night's neatest surprises, though, involved wine. The group migrated to a private room in Eastern Standard, where Sandrof allowed different members of her team (from server to sous to cheese steward) to describe each part of the four-course menu and share their expertise; Sandrof prefaced each with an intro about that team member's unique background and talents. And the first course oysters and wine pairing introduced us to a new sip: a 2012 Banshee Chardonnay that the Napa Valley winery developed in conjunction with beverage expert and Island Creek Oyster Bar GM Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli. It turns out the (very) limited edition wine is available exclusively at ICOB.