Chef Mavro Spring 2013 Wine Tasting

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Every once in awhile as a journalist, you get an opportunity to see how things work behind the scene — an insider view of something in the making. That invite came for me Monday, when I found myself among the Chef Mavro staff for the restaurant’s spring wine tasting, a seasonal event to select wine pairings for the new spring dishes, which debut next Tuesday. It’s a longtime tradition for Chef George Mavrothalassitis to rely on the tasting expertise of his kitchen team and servers (and one media guest). Here’s how the afternoon unfolded…

Chef Mavro Spring 2013 wine tasting

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Chef Mavro sketches his vision for new dishes, then posts notes in the kitchen for his staff to draw inspiration from. These are his spring menu ideas.