Master sommelier, Michelin chef to hold court at Caravelle

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An American master sommelier and a Michelin star French chef are setting the stage for wining and dining at Ho Chi Minh City's Caravelle on Tuesday next week.

Master sommelier Evan Goldstein from San Francisco will start the evening with a two-hour master class, featuring twelve vintages from the vineyards of renowned American film-maker Francis Ford Coppola, at the hotel's Opera Room at 5:30 p.m.

The wine lessons will be followed by a six-course dinner by chef Jean Baptiste Natali at the Reflections restaurant at Caravelle. Starting with crustaceans steamed in algae, green lemon peel foam and sea urchin soufflé, the dinner will comprise of exotic dishes such as quail, young pigeon, roast duck, beef filet and gaufrettes, a French waffle.

All courses will be paired with wines by Coppola, as well as Patz & Hall, Chappellat and Mac Rostie.

The evening, including the master class, dinner and wines, are priced at VND2.4 million (US$123).

Natali will also lead a cooking class at the Caravelle from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, revealing some tricks of his trade. The class costs VND880,000 ($41) per person.

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