Please join The Williamsburg Hotel and Chef Melissa O’Donnell in welcoming Sami Ghosn of Massaya Wine and Arak for an intimate evening of food, wine and conversation.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23 at 7 PM
MASSAYA WINE DINNER
$95 per person
COURSES AT SEVEN SEEDS
Assorted Dips, House Made Flatbread
Honey Glazed Dates Wrapped In Bacon
Salt Cured Foie Gras, House Made Brioche, Za’atar, Fig Compote
LE COLOMBIER, 2017
Roasted Organic Salmon, Braised Leeks & Fennel, Grapefruit, Dill, Beet Reduction
CAP EST, 2015
Shawarma Spiced Organic Duck Breast,
Roasted Winter Mushrooms, Pearl Onions, Sweet Potato Puree
TERRASSES DE BALBECK, 2013
Dukkah Crusted Rack Of Lamb, Parsnip Purée, Terrasses de Balbeck Reduction
Mauresque - Massaya Arak, Orgeat, Orange Blossom Water
Chocolate Tahini Truffles
Mini Doughnuts, Honey, Pistachio
Limited seating available. For inquiries and reservations, please email email@example.com or call (718) 362-8100 ext. 4751
The story of Massaya starts in the heart of the Beqaa Valley at Tanail. It was here that Sami and his brother, Ramzi grew up playing in the fields, riding horses, enjoying festive mezze and lunches with homemade arak. In 1975 civil war erupted and the family was forced to evacuate from the Beqaa valley estate. Sami was 8 years old and Ramzi was 6.
When Sami Ghosn returned to Tanaïl in the early 1990s, squatters occupied the land, the house was dilapidated, the original vines were neglected and overgrown. But Sami had a vision and a determination to reclaim the property where he had grown up with his brother Ramzi. They produced the first bottles of arak in 1994 and wine in 1998.
Massaya is so much more than wine. It is an incredible family story. A tasting of history, persistence and success.
Looking back at his family’s legacy, the struggles in the Middle East, the pride in his homeland, wine has a very special meaning to Sami: “ A glass of wine from Lebanon is more than an alcoholic beverage. It is a message of civilization, tolerance, and identity.”