Now in it’s fourth year, DESK’s annual Breaking Bread Dinner has quickly become one of the premier food and wine events of New Haven.
Hosted by Yale Hospitality in one of the most beautiful dining venues in New Haven, the Fourth Annual Breaking Bread Dinner at Berkeley College at Yale showcases our city’s two greatest strengths: Food and Community. The communal spirit of “breaking bread” provides the thematic cornerstone to both DESK’s mission as well as Yale Hospitality’s commitment to making New Haven a healthier and more just place for all.
Join us on Friday, March 13, & be part of the solution!
This year’s dinner will include a cocktail hour highlighting mixological masterpieces from the most passionate bartenders in town, as well as internationally acclaimed wines. With Master of Ceremonies, Bruce Barber of WNPR and WNHU, the evening will feature a four-course gourmet meal, designed and prepared by Master Chef James Benson, Yale Hospitality’s Director of Culinary Excellence at Yale Hospitality, while our Sommelier James Todeasa of the Union League Cafe will guide us through the wine-pairings developed in consultation with this year’s wine-sponsor, Carolina Wine Brands.
Master Chef James Benson recently joined Yale Hospitality as the Director of Culinary Excellence. He came to New Haven most recently by way of Las Vegas, where, as the Executive Chef of Wynn Resorts & Casino, his work emphasized innovative approaches to health and nutrition in fine dining.
James Todeasa has served as Sommelier and Beverage Manager of the Union League Cafe for the last six years, where he has studied under Jean-Michel Gammariello. Beyond wine, James takes seriously his passions for spirits, beers, French cuisine, and numismatics.
Bruce Barber was the host of “The Smith & Barber Morning Show” on WPLR for 17 years before joining WNPR as an announcer. Today, Bruce is training the next generation radio producers and broadcasters at the University of New Haven, where he oversees WNHU radio. By his own admission, Bruce never met a microphone he didn’t like.