BOSTON — What took place recently in a South End shop was a customer’s dream evening. Imagine paying $35 for a wine tasting with small plates, while a DJ spins hip-hop, and a roomful of 50 strangers soon turns into a party.
“Two Chefs and a Microphone” was the first wine tasting event for the new The Urban Grape location on Columbus Avenue, which opened last month. Billed as a battle of “Old School versus New School,” the evening featured wines paired with dishes crafted by Michael Scelfo of Russell House Tavern in Harvard Square and Seth Morrison of The Gallows, also in the South End. “We always said we wanted a wine bar to create community for our long-term clientele,” says Hadley Douglas, co-owner of the shop with her husband, TJ. The couple own another location in Chestnut Hill.