What happens when chefs and sommeliers trade places? The guys behind two of Montrose's most popular spots, Camerata and Underbelly, have decided to put this idea to the test in a pair of dinners.
The first dinner reverses traditional roles — sommeliers David Keck and Matthew Pridgen will cook a five-course meal, and chefs Chris Shepherd and Felipe Riccio will pair the wines. A month later, they switch it up — Shepherd and Riccio cook a Fat Tuesday/Carnavale-themed feast, and Keck and Pridgen pair the wines.
Both Shepherd and Riccio have worked as chefs and sommeliers — a situation that doesn't happen often. Riccio cooked at Reef and The Pass and Provisions before joining Camerata, and Shepherd spent two years running the wine program at Brennan's.
Pridgen, an avid hunter, and Keck, who has traveled extensively as an opera singer, are accomplished home cooks. To shake things up even more, Shepherd and Keck will pair food and wine together for both dinners, and Riccio and Pridgen will work together.
All proceeds will benefit the MS Society.