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Last Wednesday, September 6, YEC members met to enjoy dinner and great conversation at Sonsie in Boston. Powered by William Hill Estate Winery, guests were treated to a crash course in wine pairings alongside the meal.

YEC’ers gathered for a reception prior to the multi-course, seated dinner. | Photo Credit: Pretty Instant

Located on Newbury Street in the heart of Boston, guests gathered in Sonsie’s private wine room that offered an intimate ambience for the wine tasting. The appetizer course, paired with William Hill ‘15 North Coast Sauvignon Blanc, included Boston clam chowder with sea salt crackers or green beans with hazelnut Romesco and orange vinaigrette. Guests could choose from four entrées: coulotte steak with roasted fingerlings, confit garlic and herb butter; chicken, half roasted, with basil butter and summer vegetable tian; salmon with oranges, beets, mustard greens and orange vinaigrette; or handmade pappardelle with roasted mushrooms and a poached egg. The entrée course was paired with William Hill ‘15 Napa Valley Chardonnay and Napa Valley ‘13 Cabernet Sauvignon.

William Hill Estate Winery carefully paired its wines with the meal to compliment each dish. | Photo Credit: Pretty Instant

As the courses were served, Jillian Hill of William Hill Estate Winery shared her knowledge about each pairing. She instructed the table on how to approach every sip with awareness of how it had previously tasted. Guests were fascinated as they learned more about how food can change the taste of wine, which is why selection, quality and having an open mind are so important.

The meal ended with a dessert course of seasonal sorbet or warm chocolate bread pudding topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce.

Both new and familiar faces gathered to share ideas, solve business challenges and forge friendships. | Photo Credit: Pretty Instant

YEC welcomed many familiar faces to the event, as well as some first-time attendees. The event veterans were happy to reconnect, as well as welcome new friends to the community. Every founders dinner touches on current challenges and future solutions, so members were invited to share their experiences and resources to continue to strive toward combined progression and triumph.

Members in attendance included Louie Balasny of botkeeper, Emily Bernard of PlacePass, Erik Bullen of MageMail, Ashish Datta of Setfive Consulting, Lisa Harrington of Purrfect Portal, Inc. & Industrial Puppy, Inc., David Hysong of Shepherd Therapeutics, Michael Leip of Panda Planner, Jason Nochlin of GaggleAMP, Enrico Palmerino of botkeeper, Matt Peters of Cortex, Dan Pickett of Launch Academy, Chris Swenor of East Coast Product, Scott Yewell of Purpose Built Software, and Diana Yuan of indico data solutions.

With Boston being YEC’s HQ, team members Cassandra Sousa, Susan Doucet and Ashley Grant were able to connect members to each other as well as inform them about their member benefits. | Photo Credit: Pretty Instant

Photography for the event was provided by Pretty Instant. YEC members can see the full collection of photos from the event, here. You can also learn more about upcoming events in your city at