A Burgundy Paulée
with the Albany Chapter of the Chevaliers du Tastevin,
at Hooked Market & Kitchen, Latham, NY (2/6/2022)

This was a Paulée of the Albany-Capital Region chapter of La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. Thus, everyone brought their own wines, nominally one bottle per person. The host for this dinner was Jared Shulman.

The dinner was held at Hooked Market & Kitchen, 1177 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, New York 12110.

The folks at Hooked did an amazing job. This was one of our very best dinners. The young Executive Chef Javier Villatoro is simply brilliant. The service was excellent. Co-Owners Luke and Katie Haskins should be very proud of their entire team. Hooked has only been open in its current form for about six months and is already one of the best restaurants in the area. Kudos to host Jared as well.

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Hooked from the outside. [Photos from the Hooked Facebook page.]

The tables are set before we arrive.
[Photo from the Hooked Facebook page.]

Fresh Shucked Oysters. Village Bay from New Brunswick (left). Salten Rock from Massachusetts:
Fresh Shucked Little Neck Clams and tasty fresh bread:
Fish Croquettes:
The Shuckers:

I tasted the white wines with the first three courses:
First Course
Nicoise Salad: Escarole & Frisee, Ahi Tuna Confit, Blistered Tomato, Poached Egg, Green Beans, Sherry Vinaigrette.
Second Course
Lemon Ricotta Ravioli: Ricotta, Spinach, Lobster Chardonnay Sauce. Exquisite!
Third Course
Poached Halibut with Turnip Puree, Roasted Rainbow Carrots, Fennel Slaw, Pistachio Herb Pesto.
One of the best dishes I have ever had. Perfectly poached fresh halibut! And the fennel slaw.

I savored the fourth course while tasting the reds.
Fourth Course
Filet Mignon with Wild Mushroom & Spring Pea Risotto, Pecorino Romano, Beef Demi.
Excellent! Flavorful and tender. Delicious risotto as well.

Honey Lavender Trifle: Almond Sponge Cake, White Chocolate Lavender Mousse, Lemon Jelly,
Blueberry Compote, Vanilla Chantilly Cream, Honeycomb Toffee.
Amy said this was the best dessert ever!

Tasting notes posted from CellarTracker.

Recognizing the Owners, the Chef and Their Staff

Grand Sénéchal Larry Teal gives the Hooked team a memento of our visit:

And now we do the La La song:

People Pix
Tom shows Larry a wine:

Dave and Joel wore matching outfits:

There were two tables. This was the one where I sat:

There were two tables. This was the other one:

Another wonderful evening of camaraderie, great food, and terrific wines made all the more special because I hadn't been in quite a while due to COVID-19.

Other Wines
These are wines I didn't get to taste because I didn't see them or I was concerned about driving.
Most of these photos were taken by Jared.



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