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Celebrate Black Vintners: Black Winemakers and Chefs Gather In Detroit for Juneteenth Food Experience

Alt. Title: House of Pure Vin Presents a Special Night of Dinner Pairing Black Chefs and Winemakers In Celebration of Juneteenth

Alt. Title: Detroit Wine Shop, House of Pure Vin, Celebrates Juneteenth by Celebrating Black Chefs and Winemakers

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One of Detroit’s most premier wine shops will be hosting an upscale event for Black winemakers to honor the 157th commemoration of Juneteenth. The event will pair some of the best Black-owned wine brands with a meal made by a prominent Black chef located in the Motor City.

The event will be held by House of Pure Vin, owned by Regina Gaines and located in the downtown section of the city. It will take place Saturday, June 11, at Frame in Hazel Park during the House of Pure Vin Black Winemakers Dinner. That dinner will feature chefs Davante Burnley and Dominic McCord.

It’s a chance to highlight Black winemakers, who represent a low number within the industry. There are more than 11,000 wineries based in the U.S., but less than 1 percent of those are Black-owned or have a Black winemaker, according to Oprah Daily. In 2021, the U.S. wine market racked in $63.69 billion. Sales are expected to grow at a rate of 6.8 percent from 2022.

The event’s two dinner times for seating are 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.  

A statement about the five-course dinner notes the tasting as a “visually stunning, flavorfully complex menu … meant to be shared over a glass or two between friends.”

The wines have been curated by Shelley Bynum, House of Pure Vin’s sommelier, from a select list of Black-owned wines to showcase. Those bottles will be paired with food made by Burnley and McCord, the resident chefs at the wine shop.

To enjoy the special evening, a cost is set at $85 per person plus taxes and fees and if a party desires to have Bynum select a wine for the table, an additional fee will be applied.

The two chefs are said to have an “unmistakably luxurious culinary language of their own,” according to the venue’s website, which will be best presented on the menu set for the evening. The menu will draw from African-American cuisine, with dishes like the cornbread financier with smoked whitefish, boudin balls served with green tomatoes and charred corn relish and red pepper remoulade, charred oysters with chili oil, pickled okra, and micro collards, with a main course feature of chicken and silk drop dumplings with wild mushrooms, spring peas and carrots. 

A deconstructed peach cobbler served in three parts — crumble, with whiskey caramel, and brown butter ice cream — is the dessert selection. 

A Southern soul food nod, with a gourmet twist, the meal stands as a tribute to the Juneteenth holiday, now designated as a federal holiday and being recognized in many states.

This is the second year that Juneteenth, the day when 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas, to announce over 250,000 enslaved Black people in the state were free by executive decree.

On June 17, 2021, Congress voted and the president signed into law the observance of June 19 as a public holiday, newly titled “Juneteenth National Independence Day.”

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