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Partners-in-Health Benefit Dinner, Monday, March 26th, with Winemakers Eric and Christine Nicolas, Evelyne de Jessy, Francois Pinon and Remi Branger!

Please join us for a festive dinner created by Executive Chef Mariana Mateos which will complement the superb Loire Valley wines offered by these four great estates! We’ll taste 1987 and 1992 Muscadet with Remi Branger of Domaine de la Pepiere; 1997, 1996 and 2005 sweet and demi-sec Vouvray with Francois Pinon; beautiful dry Savennieres from Evelyne de Jessy at Domaine du Closel and a fabulous selection of young and old wines from Eric and Christine Nicolas at Domaine Belliviere in Jasnieres. This will be a fabulous evening of great food and superb wines – don’t miss it. Reservations at or by calling Chambers Street Wines at 212-227-1434 or Racines  at 212-227-3400.

Winemakers Thierry Puzelat and Julien Libert at the Bar, Monday, March 26th, 6:00 – 8:00pm!

Winemakers  Thierry Puzelat from the Clos du Tue-Boeuf in Touraine and Julien Libert of Combel-la-Serre in Cahors join us at the bar to pour their fabulous natural wines! $30 per person, all proceeds go to Partners-in-Health. Reservations are available at, or by calling Chambers Street Wines 212-227-1434 or by calling Racines NY 212-227-3400.

Sunday, March 25th 2:00 – 7:00pm Partners-in-Health Benefit Tasting with 22 Winemakers from France, Italy, Germany and Portugal!

Please join us on Sunday, March 25th from 2:00 until 7:00pm at Racines NY as we taste over 70 wines with 23 of the finest winemakers from France, Italy, Germany and Portugal, imported by Louis/Dressner Selections. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at or by calling Chambers Street Wines at 212-227-1434. Here’s the list of vignerons attending: Arianna Occhipinti, Sicilia; Eduardo Torres-Acosta, Sicilia; Chiara Vigo (Romeo del Castello) Sicilia; Francesca Padovani (Campi di Fonterenza) Montalcino; Gloria Mayr (Nusserhof) Alto Adige; Nico Sciackitano (La Stoppa) Emilia; Sara Saetti, Lambruscao; Ivano and Paola Barbaglia (Santuvario) Alto Piemonte; Myrtha Zierock (Foradori) Trentino; Eric and Christine Nicolas (Bellivière) Jasnières; Evelyne de Jessy (Closel) Savennières; Julien and François Pinon, Vouvray; Fredrik Filliatreau, Saumur-Champigny; Julien Libert (Combel la Serre) Cahors; Kewin Descombes, Beaujolais; Laura Lardy (Damien Coquelet) Beaujolais; Remi Branger (Pépière) Muscadet; Thierry Puzelat, Touraine; Louis-Benoit and Violetta Desvignes, Beaujolais; René and Joseph Mosse, Anjou; Franzi Schmitt (Koehler-Ruprecht) Pfalz; Vincent Poloczek (Immich-Batterieberg) Mosel; João Roseira (Infantado) Porto.

Partners In Health Benefit Tasting (Sunday 10/22) and Dinner (Monday 10/23), at Racines NY!

DON’T MISS THIS GREAT TASTING and help us raise much needed funding for Partners In Health!  On Sunday October 22nd from 3 till 6pm, join us at Racines NY to taste and talk with ten great natural winemakers from Louis/Dressner Selections. Winemakers present will include: Louis-Antoine Luyt (Chile); Rémi Branger (Domaine de la Pépière, Muscadet); Olivier Horiot (Champagne); Melanie Tarlant (Champagne); Alessandra Venturini (Monte dall’Ora, Valpolicella); Theo Zierock (Foradori, Veneto); Nico Sciakitano (La Stoppa, Emilia-Romagna); Federico Orsi (San Vito, Bologna); Mina del Prete (Puglia) and Dominik Sona (Koehler-Ruprecht, Pfalz). 

In addition, we’ll present a fantastic group of new arrivals from the following Louis/Dressner growers: Francis Boulard (Champagne); Immich-Batterieberg (Mosel); Clemens Busch (Mosel); Laurent Barth (Alsace); Luneau-Papin (Muscadet); Hervé Villemade (Cheverny); Domaine du Closel (Savennières); Francois Pinon (Vouvray); Pierre-O Bonhomme (Touraine); Clos du Tue-Boeuf (Touraine); Julien Pineau (Touraine); René Mosse (Anjou); Georges Descombes (Beaujolais); Domaine des Terres Dorées (Beaujolais); Alain Coudert, Clos de la Roilette (Beaujolais); Marcel Richaud (Rhone); Noussan (Vallée d’Aoste), Nusserhof (Alto Adige), Montesecondo (Tuscany), Sanguieneto (Tuscany) and De Bartoli (Marsala).

On Monday 10/23 at 7pm we will convene for dinner at Racines NY, with Eric Texier, Rémi Branger (Domaine de la Pépière) and Olivier and Marie Horiot. We’ll taste the outstanding wines of these three estates, with commentary by the growers, while enjoying a four-course dinner prepared by Racines Executive Chef Frédéric Duca. (This will be the first time for Olivier and Marie to present their great Champagnes and still wines in the US!)  Space is limited, $175 all inclusive, with all proceeds to Partners In Health.

Two-Chef Dinner with David Rathgeber of L’Assiette, Paris, Nov 7th and 8th!

Chef David Rathgerber at L'Assiette

On November 7th and 8th Racines NY welcomes talented Parisian chef David Rathgeber of Restaurant L’Assiette in Paris, who will collaborate with Racines Executive Chef Frederic Duca on a celebration of traditional French Cuisine! A longtime friend of Chef Duca, Chef Rathgeber (Michelin Star at Benoit, Paris) is a master in fundamental culinary techniques who uses these skills to cook simple yet hearty and authentic dishes that are an ode to French gastronomy. There will be a special ambience as these two friends perform their magic together in the open kitchen at Racines.


Is Happy to Welcome David Rathgeber, Chef at L’Assiette, Paris For a Special Four-Hands Dinner with Frédéric Duca on November 7th and 8th!

Organic Egg “Cocotte”

Porcini, Toasted Brioche

Grilled Octopus

Pork Belly, Clams, Risotto of Green Things_

Poached Salted Butter Black Sea Bass

Kohlrabi, Burnt Lemon Paste, Watercress_

Pan Roasted Wood Pigeon

Cabbage, Sauce “Civet”_

Venison Saddle *

Squash Ravioli, Apple Butter, Brussel Sprouts,Sauce “Grand Veneur”_

Iles Flottantes

Red Praline, Crème Anglaise

Poached Pear

Black Currant Sorbet, Long Pepper Cream

$85 – 5 Courses / $115 – 6 Courses with the Venison *

David Rathegeber – Frédéric Duca

Wine pairings will be offered including extraordinary organic/natural wines only available in the US at Racines NY: $45

Andre Beaufort Champagne Polisy Brut Reserve NV
Clos des Vignes du Maynes Macon-Cruzille “Cuvee Manganite” 2015
Domaine du Traginer Collioure Rosé 2015
Domaine de la Roche Bleue Jasnieres “Clos de la Moliere” 2015
Jean-Claude Rateau Beaune 1er Cru “Les Reversées” 2008
Chateau Lapuyade Jurancon “Cuvee Marie Louise” 2012

A native of Clermont-Ferrand, David Rathgeber left the Auvergne region of France at age 18 to embrace a culinary career. He was fortunate to begin working for Alain Ducasse, training at the Louis XV in Monaco, the Plaza Athenée in Paris and the Essex House in New York. Returning to Paris he became chef de cuisine at Les Lyonnais in 2002 and was awarded a Michelin star in 2006 at Benoit. In 2008, with the support of Chef Ducasse, David took over the legendary Parisian bistro L’Assiette in the 14th arrondissement. Rathgeber’s cuisine is a remembrance of the dishes he used to have as a child — jugged hare, stew (potée), or stuffed cabbage — especially those served at the Sunday table, around which his family of hunters gathered happily. Racines NY is proud to welcome Chef Rathgeber back to New York for this celebration of French traditional cuisine with Chef Duca!
For reservations, call 212-227-3400
A très bientôt!

Happy Hour 5 – 7pm Monday – Saturday: Organic/Natural Wines $8 per Glass!

Please join us after work for a glass of great organic and/or natural wine for only $8, with our craft beer selections, accompanied by a wide variety of superb bar snacks. Every two weeks we’ll offer a different selection of two white, two red and a sparkling wine, all from organic grapes and many with minimal or zero added sulfur.






Game Dinner, Tuesday, November 1st!

Executive Chef Frédéric Duca will present a superb Game Dinner  on Monday, November 1st, based on recipes he has perfected during his career in France. This will be a very special evening and seating will be limited, please book soon to obtain the time desired. $135 per person.

Cabbage veloute, filet quenelle, hazelnut and legs croquette, black truffle 
Wood pigeon breast
Honey butternut squash ravioli, foie gras, fig
Venison saddle 
Celeriac, porcini, apple, sauce grand veneur 
Poached pear
Black currant sorbet, long pepper cream