The Tasting Panel magazine

June 2017

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64  /  the tasting panel  /  june 2017 BEHIND THE SCENES WITH FRED DAME, MS A Conversation with & photo by John Curley Fred Dame: George, we are here on hallowed ground—North Beach and Chinatown. I look around and I don't see one dragon or one lantern. What's going on here? George Chen: In America, Chinese food has been a staple for over a hundred years. I think there are more Chinese restaurants than McDonald's and there is a stereotype to the décor and cuisine. I wanted to change that and especially prove that fine wine and spirits are a great match to the multitude of dishes. You have a great wine list here and sommeliers—also, an artisan cocktail menu. George: The flavors and variations in Chinese food is almost unlimited. There are so many opportunities for pairing and experimentation that we wanted to make available. CHINA LIVE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA George Chen CHEF/OWNER Duggan McDonnell DIRECTOR OF BEVERAGE Fred Dame, MS, VP/Prestige Accounts for American Wine & Spirits (a division of Southern Glazer's of CA), with Duggan McDonnell (left), Director of Beverage, and Chef George Chen, owner, of China Live, located in San Francisco, CA.

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