February 27, 2018 Tuesday from 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM (EDT)
Black Twig Cider House 2812 Erwin Rd, Ste 104 NC

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About Pig Pickin with Eric Bordelet

Join us for an evening of exclusive cider tasting and a whole hog pig picking with Eric Bordelet at Black Twig Cider House!

Why do we love Eric Bordelet so much?

There are many reasons to love Eric Bordelet and his ciders. In a previous life, Mr. Bordelet was a sommelier at Alain Passard's Arpege Restaurant in Paris. Opting for a change of pace, he moved to Normandy and took over his family orchard. Steeped in the traditions of wine, he grows more than 20 varieties of apple and 15 varieties of pear. While it is not uncommon to blend various varietals of apples and/or pears in a single cider, Mr. Bordelet certainly takes this approach to extremes.

What all of this means is that Mr. Bordelet is making the kind of nuanced and complex ciders of character that will convert even the most entrenched wine drinker or beer aficionado. Ciders that are perfect for pairing with food, and perfect for drinking on their own.  Ciders that raise the bar. In short, ciders to get excited about.

We're pairing these incredible ciders with Picnic's whole hog barbecue - pasture-raised in Durham and smoked over wood - and a full spread of our favorite sides. It's a perfect combination you won't want to miss.

Tickets are $26 in advance, $32 day-of, for 2 pours and a plate. A la carte options will be available, so come to eat, come to drink, or come to do both - we'll see you there!

Also look for a very special tasting of all four of Eric's Ciders guided by mister Bordelet himself. The tasting will begin at 5pm and will last no more than an hour. The cost is $30 and includes taste of four of Eric's Ciders.

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Black Twig Cider House

Black Twig Cider House 2812 Erwin Rd, Ste 104 Durham NC United States 27705

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About the Organizer

Mattie Beason

Co-Owner: Black Twig Cider House in Durham, Mattie B’s Public House, Six Plates Wine Bar A native of Durham, NC, Mattie Beason is an integral component of the rising culinary culture in his community. Attaining his certification in cider through CCP, Beason continues to grow the expanding cider community with the opening of Black Twig Cider House. “This passion for cider started ten years ago while traveling through the Basque region and experiencing not only the incredible varietals of ciders but also being a part of the communal aspect around the txotx, the cider barrel,” states Beason. “I knew I wanted to make that a part of the Durham community.” Beason experienced a similar cultural revelation with wine while attending Kenyon College, attaining a degree in Philosophy and Business Ethics. Dining at L’Arpege in Paris, a Michelin three-star restaurant, Beason enjoyed a bottle of 1995 JL Chave Hermitage Blanc, revolutionizing his appreciation for wine and becoming a converted oenophile. Upon graduation, Beason immersed himself into the burgeoning food scene of Durham, developing the wine program at Pop’s, a popular Italian eatery, and it’s sister restaurant, Nana’s, which earned the “Award of Excellence” from The Wine Spectator. In 2007, Beason branched out with his own wine concept, Six Plates, a wine-pairing restaurant with a revolving menu around six different plates of food. Cited in The New York Times as one of the forbearers of Durham’s local culinary scene with his famous “lamby joe” sandwich, Beason illustrated in his first restaurant his adept leadership in the culinary evolution of his hometown. A prominent food and beverage innovator, Beason continues to evolve his passion for pairing beverages with food, expanding the selection from wine to include cider and craft beers with the opening of Mattie B’s Public House in 2013 and his new Black Twig Cider House in the spring of 2016. Beason’s philanthropic ties to the community are vast and most notable with his participation in the Urban Ministries, helping to bring food, shelter and a future to the poor and homeless in Durham and his work with immigrant issues in Durham in and out of the restaurant community.

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