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On Thursday, July 12, Krug Champagne hosted a private reception at the home of John and Amy Phelan for 40 guests to celebrate the connection between food, music and Champagne.

Among those in attendance were Richard and Kitz Goodman, Domenico and Eleanore DeSole, Jeff and Nicola Marcus, Susan Crown Kunckler, Chandra Johnson, Lance Armstrong and Anna Hansen.

After receiving an Emmy nomination earlier that day for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” the multi-faceted Darren Criss (an actor, singer, guitarist and pianist among his talents) paired three musical compilations with Krug Clos du Mesnil, Krug 2003, and Krug Grande Cuvée, each growing in energy throughout the night. With a perfectly paired menu by Matsuhisa Aspen, it was a one-of-a-kind food, music, and Champagne trifecta.

Upon arrival at the Phelans’ home, guests were led up the outdoor staircase to the elevated patio, where they were greeted with glasses of Krug Grande Cuvée 160th Edition en jeroboam. Passed canapés included toro caviar, crispy rice with spicy tuna, miniature nobu tacos, and spicy king crab gunkan nigiri. After a few words of welcome by Richard Beaumont, brand director for Krug Champagne, Criss kicked off the evening with a solo performance, a nod to Clos du Mesnil. Following the performance, guests were led to dinner in the bright and spacious interior, appointed with contemporary works of art.

At the table, servers poured Krug Clos du Mesnil 2003, followed by a sashimi trio of Nova Scotia salmon, scallop tiradito, and tai dry miso. Guests then received glasses of Krug 2003 as they listened to Darren’s second performance alongside a cellist. For the main courses, Matsuhisa prepared Chilean sea bass with pumpkin purée, black truffle and Brussels sprouts, followed by wagyu beef with mung bean risotto, maitake, balsamic teriyaki, and crispy leeks to pair with Krug Rosé 18th Edition en magnum.

As the denouement to a lovely evening, Criss performed with a string quartet (including an encore requested by the Phelans’ daughter, Makenzie Phelan Moon), as guests enjoyed passed desserts and Krug Grande Cuvée 159th Edition.

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