Michael LeBlanc’s PLāYT Restaurant to Host Longevity Wines Winemaker Dinner
PLāYT Restaurant in Hayward will be hosting on Wednesday, August 14 beginning at 6:30 p.m. a $125.00 five-course Longevity Wines winemaker dinner. The evening’s special guest will be Longevity Wines owner and winemaker Phil Long. PLāYT’s Chef Williams has created a five-course menu designed to pair with selections of Long’s wines. Tickets can be pre-purchased at www.urbanconnoisseurs.com and the price includes tax and gratuity. A PLāYT/Longevity collaboration at the recent Livermore Valley Wine Grower’s Association Taste Our Terroir event resulted in the restaurant winning the Audience Award for Best White Wine Pairing.
Proprietor Michael LeBlanc, previously known for the nationally acclaimed Picán, opened PLāYT in mid-2017. He has three decades of entrepreneurial and hospitality industry experience including becoming principal owner of Brothers Brewing Company, the first African-American owned beer company. This planted in him the seed for creating a high-end, black-owned restaurant, harkening to his roots and fondness for two of New Orleans’ renowned, soulful eateries, Dooky Chase and Chez Helene.
Heading up the PLāYT kitchen is Executive Chef Jerome “Spike” Williams, also of Picán fame, who has crafted a menu that reflects Cajun, Creole, Gullah and similar influences and is prepared with fresh, seasonal, often locally sourced, sustainable ingredients using time-honored culinary techniques, and slow-food philosophy and practices. Chef Williams also prepares creative vegetarian, vegan and gluten-friendly offerings whenever time allows (calling ahead can facilitate this).
The restaurant offers a full bar as well as a frequently changing wine list curated by Wine Director Trevor Little that is focused on little-known but excellent varietals from the old and the new world. Little also works with Michael LeBlanc to introduce the public to Black vintners and winemakers. PLāYT pours classic, contemporary and signature cocktails and there is a select list of craft beers. During Happy Hour, Monday through Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., wine, beer and some cocktails are offered at reduced prices.
The original interior design for PLāYT was by Pia Thomas of DesignPlus and highlights of the sleek, sophisticated space include an earth tone color scheme, chandeliers, banquettes, leather chairs from Italy, Mardi Gras colored lights, a black granite topped bar and a substantial lounge area with plush velvet cushions, together creating a unique Cosmopolitan Comfort ambiance. The main dining room seats 48 guests, plus 14 at a community table with space for 20 more in the lounge, 14 at the bar and 28 on the outdoor sidewalk patio (the latter a work in progress).
PLāYT Restaurant, “a touch of Mardi Gras for your palette and soul,” is located at 1036 B Street, near Main Street, in Hayward, California. The restaurant is open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4:00 to 10:30 p.m. and on Sunday, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Brunch is served on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free parking is readily available on B Street and also in a large public parking lot behind the restaurant between A and B Streets. Visit PLāYT at www.playtonb.com. Reservations can be made on the restaurant’s website, via OpenTable.com or by calling (510) 888-1092.
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