‘Grilling with Roman’ Kicks Off with Jacques Gautier

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Roman Roth at Wolffer Vineyard in Sagaponack. Photo courtesy of the Peconic Land Trust

Roman Roth and Jacques Gautier are lifelong friends. And on Friday, June 28, they are putting on a show.

The Wölffer Estate Vineyard winemaker and Palo Santo chef will team up for the season opener of “Grilling With Roman,” a three-part series of fiery food and wine — al fresco style — at the Sagaponack vineyard.

Bringing a taste of Latin America with a little Caribbean flare, Gautier draws his influence from Caribbean family roots, as well as his extensive travels and time spent working in renowned restaurants. His eclectic cooking expresses a versatile understanding of culinary tradition, maintaining their original essence with a new take on ingredients, technique and presentation.

“An avid home gardener himself, supporting local, sustainable agriculture is of utmost importance to the chef,” a press release said. “On Saturday mornings throughout the summer, you can find him giving public cooking demos at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket.”

On Thursday, July 11, the series will celebrate dynamic grilling and female chefs, led by Kia Damon of Lalito with her friends, Elizabeth Carmel and Yossy Arefi, who is a master of wood-fired and grill-baked desserts.

“Her praxis in the kitchen hinges on the mutual empowerment of those around her, uplifting marginalized voices in the food and service industry whose liberation are tied up in her own,” the release said. “Kia cooks, and damn well.”

Chinese Tuxedo executive chef Paul Donnelly wraps up the series on Thursday, August 1, with a grilling experience straight from Chinatown, serving up a dim-sum meal, banquet style, among the vines. Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Donnelly spent the early years of his career in kitchens throughout Southeast Asia and Sydney, Australia, working for chefs such as Gordon Ramsay and David Thompson.

“A New York transplant since 2016, Donnelly pushes the boundaries of New York’s Chinese cuisine, creating classic and modern dishes rooted in traditional Chinese culture,” the release said. “Beyond his time spent in the kitchen, Paul pursues an interest within the fashion and art worlds of New York, and devotes time each year traveling back to Australia and Southeast Asia to visit family and reconnect with the many cuisines of the region.”

Tickets are $175 per event. For more information, visit wolffer.com.

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