Taking full advantage of cool New York summer nights, The Modern Agent set sail on a cruise down the Hudson River on July 22, 2015, complete with an up close and personal view of Lady Liberty against the setting sun. The sip and sail event, hosted by The Modern Agent’s own Mukul Lalchandani, was conceived as a gracious way to say “thank you” to his loyal clients.
The guests arrived to the North Cove Marina located in Battery Park City at 6:30pm and were greeted on the dock with a chilled Prosecco and fresh local crudité. Once the group boarded The Ventura sailboat, Captain Pat gave a quick history of the vessel, informing everyone that F. Scott Fitzgerald mentioned the exact sailboat in The Great Gatsby. Once the captain wrapped up with a few safety precautions, the conch shell was sounded and the boat set sail.
Braving the blustery wind, event coordinator and certified sommelier Sara Moll of Vin Social shared with the group five unique wines, each paired with a delectable hor d'oeuvres prepared by the evening’s chef, Elizabeth Fraser. For the first course, the team paired a 2013 Tami Grillo from Sicily with a veggie tartlette of mushrooms, corn and basil. The second course showcased Mussels Escabeche, served chilled in the shell with a 2013 Cantina di Mogoro Vermentino from Sardinia, Italy. A 2014 Domaine Terra Vecchia Rosé from Corsica was next, served alongside crostini topped with peach and fennel chutney and goat cheese. Homemade polenta crackers topped with Mediterranean Tuna Caponata were next, served with a 2013 Châreau de Roquefort Red blend from Provence, France. The final course, a duck rillete with pickled cherries served on toast, paired delightfully with a 2011 Argiolas Red blend from Sardinia.
As the evening drew on and guests relaxed to fabulous wine and savored delicious morsels, the true treat of the sail drifted into view. Set to a clear and crisp sunset over the Hudson, The Statue of Liberty graced the skyline to the sound of many approvals aboard The Ventura.
The momentous event wrapped in style: “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z blasting over the speakers, the Manhattan skyline shining bright, and a final toast to an evening well spent with friends and colleagues of The Modern Agent. Cheers!