Yannick Benjamin Defies the Odds and Realizes His Dream
The Connected Table Live
Sommelier Yannick Benjamin opened 40-seat Contento NYC in East Harlem in June 2021 with a vision of inclusivity and acceptance. A wheelchair user since 2004 after a devastating car accident, Benjamin and his partners designed Contento to better accommodate customers living with disabilities. Benjamin discusses how he turned a tragedy into triumph and reveals the mentors who inspired him. Committed to serving others, he is cofounder of Wheeling Forward. www.contentonyc.com www.wheelingforward.orgThe Connected Table Live Radio Show is broadcast live at 2pm ET Wednesdays on W4CY Radio (www.w4cy.com) part of Talk 4 Radio (www.talk4radio.com) on the Talk 4 Media Network (www.talk4media.com). This podcast is also available on Talk 4 Podcasting (www.talk4podcasting.com).
Wheeling Forward. Yannick Benjamin’s Unstoppable Drive to Bring Innovation and Inclusion to the Wine Industry.
The Black Wine Guy Experience
MJ’s guest today is esteemed Somm, wine educator, restaurateur and disabilities advocate - Yannick Benjamin. Yannick is a proud New Yorker from Hell’s Kitchen. Born into a family of French restaurateurs, he has worked for many highly regarded restaurants throughout NYC: Le Cirque, Oceana, Jean-Georges, Atlas, Felidia, and Atelier at the Ritz-Carlton. In 2003, a car accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. However, his passion for wine drove him to quickly adapt, outfitting his wheelchair with a table that allowed him to continue working as a sommelier to educate on wine. Yannick went on to create “Wine on Wheels,” one of New York City’s largest and most exciting wine events. Yannick’s tireless work and innovative vision is bringing awareness and visibility to seldom-heard voices in the wine industry and championing inclusivity. He has recently added restaurateur to the list of his many accomplishments, opening up Contento in East Harlem, NYC. In this episode MJ and Yannick discuss everything from his colorful childhood in Hell’s Kitchen to the big influence of pop culture on Yannick’s dreams - specifically the tv show Cheers and the Tom Cruise flick, Cocktail. Yannick shares the story of his car accident - discussing what it looked like both physically and emotionally to get to where he is today. MJ gets the inside scoop on what it took to open his first restaurant Contento, which features intentional, accessible design for people with disabilities as well as delicious wines of impact, made by people from a wide variety of backgrounds. The energy is high, the conversation deep and the inspiration infinite in this one folks. A huge thank you to Yannick Benjamin!Follow him on IG @yannickbenjaminCheck out his restaurant Contento: https://www.contentonyc.com/Follow them on IG @contentonycLearn more about Wine on Wheels and their events: https://wineonwheels.org/This episode’s in studio wines:Ellison Estate VineyardLa Coccinelle Et La GuêpeKishor VineyardViognier 2019_________Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers and wine drinkers! Don’t forget to subscribe and be sure to give The Black Wine Guy Experience a five-star review on whichever platform you listen to.For insider info from MJ and exclusive content from the show sign up at Blackwineguy.comFollow MJ @blackwineguy Thank you to our sponsor Acker Wines! Listeners of the show will receive $25 off purchases of $100 or more with code BWG25 at checkout. (Retail store only)Love this podcast? Love the cool content? Get a producer like mine by reaching out to the badass team at Necessary Media. www.necessarymediaproductions.com@necessarymedia_ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Yannick Benjamin, Head Sommelier, University Club, New York
Yannick Benjamin on what language he prefers to be yelled at in, the one question he would ask his dog, working out 70-days straight, meditating at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and never planning to slow down.
Yannick Benjamin is the Head Sommelier of The University Club and a proud New Yorker from Hell’s Kitchen. Born into a family of French restaurateurs, Yannick has worked for many highly regarded restaurants throughout NYC: Le Cirque, Oceana, Jean-Georges, Atlas, Felidia, and Atelier at the Ritz-Carlton. Additionally, he has worked for ten years for Le Du’s Wines, one of the top wine retail stores in Manhattan. In 2003, a car accident left Benjamin paralyzed from the waist down. However, his passion for wine drove him to quickly adapt, outfitting his wheelchair with a table that allowed him to continue working as a sommelier to educate on wine. Yannick went on to create “Wine on Wheels,” one of New York City’s largest and most exciting wine events. “Wine on Wheels” brings hundreds of esteemed sommeliers together to pour over 180 wines from around the world for noble charity. The event is going on its eighth year. Yannick’s tireless work and innovative vision is bringing awareness and visibility to seldom-heard voices in the wine industry and championing inclusivity. Yannick Benjamin will bring his energy and passion to East Harlem as he plans on opening his first restaurant, Contento NYC in 2021. Contento will be a barrier free restaurant where wine and food come together and where they share a story of who they are and where social sustainability will be practiced and where they also plan to utilize their experiences and location to offer enriched programs that will enhance the quality of life for people living with disabilities.You can follow Yannick on instagram at @yannickbenjamin and his non-profits at @wineonwheelsnyc & @wheelingforward. His new project is a restaurant that is set to open this year. Follow @contentonyc to find out more!--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/assemblagewinepodcast/support
CoFounder of Wheeling Forward, para-athlete, and traveler, Sommelier Yannick Benjamin proves how living in a wheelchair does not need to limit your life. He discusses plans for his New York City restaurant, Contento, and how restaurants can be better at serving the needs of people living with disabilities. The bucolic Berkshires in Western Massachusetts is home to many family farms. Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner share farmers' stories and recipes in The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook.The Connected Table Live Radio Show is broadcast live at 2pm ET Wednesdays on W4CY Radio (www.w4cy.com) part ofTalk 4 Radio (www.talk4radio.com) on theTalk 4 Media Network (www.talk4media.com). Thispodcast is also available on Talk 4 Podcasting (www.talk4podcasting.com).
Yannick Benjamin, Sommelier & Co_Founder and Director of Development for Wheeling Forward and Wine on Wheels
The Grape Nation
Yannick Benjamin is a Sommelier in his native New York. Yannick refused to let a life-changing accident alter his dreams of college and his love of wine.He is the Co-Founder and Director of Development for Wheeling Forward and their event “Wine on Wheels”, coming up in NYC on Saturday April 4th. Yannick is soon to open his new restaurant, Contento, a ground breaking barrier free space in Harlem. The Grape Nation is powered by Simplecast.
Ep. 259 Yannick Benjamin (Wine on Wheels & Wheeling Forward) on inclusivity in hospitality & wine
Italian Wine Podcast
In this episode Monty Waldin interviews US-based sommelier Yannick Benjamin, co-founder of Wine on Wheels and Wheeling Forward, owner of Contento restaurant, and Head Sommelier at the University Club in New York. Yannick talks about his beginnings in the hospitality sector in New York until a life-changing accident left him paralyzed from the waist down and forced him to reconsider his life and career choices. Yannick tells Monty about his struggles and the process that led him to return to work in hospitality and in the wine industry. Tune in for an amazing story of resilience that inspired attendees at wine2wine 2019.
Yannick Benjamin is a world class sommelier (wine expert), the founder of charities Wine On Wheels and Wheeling Forward, and a man who knows what it's like to push through barriers to do what he loves. Yannick has paved his way into New York’s restaurant scene as an Adapdefying wheelchair using Sommelier Extraordinaire!
Yannick Benjamin - Sommelier, Founder of Wheeling Forward and Star of Uncorked
Road to Wine Expert
You might know Yannick Benjamin from his years of stellar service in the New York restaurant scene. Or maybe, you know him from the TV series Uncorked. Perhaps, you have been to one of his amazing wine events in support of his non-proft, Wheeling Forward.Yannick Benjamin is a master of the art of the hustle. He’s an inspiring figure in the wine world, and every time I talk to him I feel blessed and motivated.I’ll let Yannick take over to tell his story and hopefully leave you inspired too.To learn more visit: https://roadtowineexpert.com/yannick-benjamin/The following songs were used in this episode:Funky Souls by Amariàhttps://soundcloud.com/amariamusique Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: http://bit.ly/Funky-Souls Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/jFMCyqKF-EE chill. by sakura Hz https://soundcloud.com/sakurahertz Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/pF2tXC1pXNo
Episode 12: Wheels of Steel Featuring Yannick Benjamin
Wine & Hip Hop
This week we chopped it up with Yannick Benjamin about his incredible journey into wine, how he blends wine and hip hop at his events and the impact of his charity Wheeling Forward. Yannick is a testament to the strength of the human spirit, prepare to be inspired.Wine : Groebe Riesling Trocken 2016 Domaine de Montcalmes Terrasses du Larzac 2014Hip Hop :“Liquid Swords” - GZA“Public Service Announcement” - Jay Z