This is a live, virtual event held on Zoom
Join us for a special dessert and wine pairing featuring two Boston South End favorites: Chef Hana Quon, pastry chef of Cafe Madeleine, and TJ Douglas, founder of The Urban Grape. Chef Quon will guide you through her recipe for Milk Chocolate + Hojicha Tart with Toasted Rice Whip, followed by dessert wine and after-dinner drink recommendations from TJ Douglas to enhance your meal.
Bake live with us, or simply watch along!
At Café Madeleine in Boston’s South End, Chef Hana Quon practices the centuries old trade of a pâtissière, combining rigorous and scientific standards with an artistic and whimsical soul. Her passions include perfecting the art of viennoiserie, highlighting New England’s seasonal produce, and educating a wider audience about French pastry. Originally hailing from Maryland where she received degrees in English literature and Linguistics from the University of Maryland, Quon pivoted to pastry under her mentor Frédéric Robert, James Beard Award winner and former pastry partner to famed restaurateur Alain Ducasse. Quon also studied French pastry in Paris under MOF Jean-Michel Perruchon and worked at Sébastien Bouillet’s pâtisserie in Lyon. She has received many honors for pastry such as being named one of 2015 Zagat 30 under 30 Chefs Redefining the Industry, serving as a 2017-2018 Neighborhood Salon Luminary for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and most recently winning the prestigious 2020 Boston Rising Star Chefs Award for Best Pâtissière.
Opened by chefs Frédéric Robert and Hana Quon in 2014, Café Madeleine is a small artisanal French pâtisserie located in the historic South End district of Boston. The charming neighborhood shop specializes in handcrafted viennoiserie and classic French pastries created daily using only the highest quality ingredients imported from France and local fresh produce from Massachusetts farms.
As the wine buyer, head sales person, and architect of the Progressive Scale for The Urban Grape, TJ is directly responsible for the store’s successes. He has been profiled by the New York Times, Food & Wine, Imbibe, Real Simple, Health magazine, MarketWatch, Eater National, Boston Magazine, Boston Common, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Boston Business Journal, The Improper Bostonian, and Terroirist, among other regional and national publications. The Beverage Journal named TJ one of ten “Black Drink Innovators to Watch” in 2020. TJ has been featured on shows such as Basic Black (WGBH), The Hub Today (NBC), Dining Playbook (NESN), New England Living (CBS), and Chronicle (WCVB), and is a frequent guest wine educator at corporate meetings and retreats.
Thanks to TJ’s leadership, The Urban Grape was a finalist for Wine Enthusiast’s 2020 Wine Star Award for Best Retail Store in the US, and was called “Boston’s Revolutionary Wine Store” in a cover story for Beverage Dynamics. He has taught classes on drinking progressively at, among other places, Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street, the Boston Center for Adult Education, Boston University, and the Boston Wine Expo. TJ is a seven-time returning Sommelier for the Nantucket Wine Festival and has been featured as the resident wine expert on the New England lifestyle show, “Home, Life, and Design.”