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Chicago's Superstar Sommelier Is Heading To New York

By Stephen Gossett in Food on Oct 13, 2017 8:00PM

Sepia Sommelier Arthur Hon. Photo Credit David Turner

One of Chicago's superstar sommeliers is leaving the Michelin-starred Chicago restaurant he helped vault to acclaim and heading to New York.

Arthur Hon, the much-celebrated sommelier at Sepia, in the West Loop, is decamping for a gig at Union Square Cafe, the famed first restaurant of Danny Meyer that launched the restaurateur's Shake Shack-including empire, according to the Tribune's Phil Vettel. His last day at Sepia will be November 11, the paper reports.

Among oenophiles, Hon's reputation precedes him. He was named one of Wine & Spirits Magazine's Best New Sommeliers of 2015. And Food & Wine magazine named him among their Sommeliers of the Year earlier this year. As Vettel notes, Sepia in 2016 was up for the James Beard Awards' Outstanding Wine Program under the tutelage of Hon.

Hon also oversaw the beverage program at Proxi, which just might be the best new restaurant of 2017.

So sneak reservations in between now and the next four weeks if you're somehow able, otherwise get to know some of Chicago's other sommelier talent that is surely eyeing the vacancy.

[H/T Tribune]