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“Will you trust me?” master sommelier Philippe Buttin often inquires of intrepid wine adventurers at JOËL. If you give the nod, Buttin will slip away to his vast collection and invariably return with an unusual wine that marries precisely with your meal (and, surprising, never breaks the bank, either). It’s a global wine adventure right here in town. Then, too, the meal in question is always its own odyssey into singular experiences. James Beard award-winning Joël Antunes is at the top of his game combining classic French technique with sparkly Asian grace notes. These days, he even ventures into Southern territory. How does he pack so much cream into his organic grits?

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