Press Release

Saigon Uncorked:
Vietnamese Cuisine and Wine Pairing


New Yor, NY (May 27, 2010) - Join Asian Women In Business for Saigon Uncorked, a multi-course dinner and wine pairing, where wine expert, Elisa Kwon, will educate your palate to enjoy wines that will enhance the unique flavors of Vietnamese food. The event will take place Monday, June 21st from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at VietCafé, 345 Greenwich Street in the Tribeca area of Manhattan.

Dine on a sumptuous traditional Vietnamese dinner which includes favorites such as crispy spring roll, chicken salad, lemongrass beef, ginger chicken, shrimp curry, chili tofu and banana flan. Our wine exploration will be guided by Elisa Kwon who will introduce seven (7) different wines ranging from Prosecco to Sancerre to Moscato to accentuate the specific flavors of the course at hand. The subtleties of Vietnamese spices and ingredients such as limes, ginger, mint and lemongrass are enhanced with the perfect pairing of wines.

Elisa Kwon, Master of Wine candidate, is the head wine buyer for Morrell & Co. Her breadth of experience runs the gamut of the wine industry which includes, but is not limited to, a stint as a wine maker in Australia and New Zealand, working with fellow sommeliers to launch Gordon Ramsay’s first US venture, advising private equities funds on viable international wine importers and so forth. Elisa opines for The New York Times and Wine and Spirits Magazine and provides her expert critiques on tasting panels, seminars and conferences.

VietCafé, is the first restaurant to open in Manhattan owned by a native Vietnamese chef, Lan Tran Cao, who specializes in the three distinct regional cuisines of North, South, and Central Vietnam. VietCafé serves consistently good Vietnamese cuisine in a contemporary setting.

“Saigon Uncorked” is designed by Asian Women In Business (AWIB) to not only highlight and celebrate the accomplishments of Asian women in the food and beverage industry but also to connect our supporters in a fun-filled way. AWIB is proud to continue its yearly tradition of introducing the public to Asian cuisines enhanced by the perfect wine. What better way to spend a warm summer’s night, with the last rays of golden sunlight gently folding into the evening, then to enjoy life’s simple pleasures - food, wine and excellent company?

The cost is $50 for AWIB members and $80 for non-members, and includes a seven (7) course prix fixe dinner and wine tasting. Space is limited. Registration with payment must be received by AWIB, by June 17th.


Asian Women In Business ( is the only nonprofit organization in the country with the primary mission of assisting Asian women entrepreneurs. Over the years, AWIB has expanded its mission to address issues affecting the business and professional development of Asian women. AWIB sponsors conferences, workshops and seminars on a variety of business topics and holds frequent networking activities to enable members to make important business contacts.







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