Talking to New Yorkâ€™s First, and Only, Mustard Sommelier
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This past weekend, venerated, centuries-old French mustard brandÂ Mailleopened its firstÂ stand-alone boutiqueÂ in the U.S., on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Maille currently operates similar showrooms in Paris, London, and of course in Dijon, so make no mistake: This is a permanent affair, not a pop-up, and it's stocked accordingly. Other than classic cornichons, the Maille shop carries a wide-range of flavors in jars and pours mustard on tap, "filled by hand" in stoneware jars, up to 18.6 ounces. There are more than twenty varieties â€”Â morel, Cognac, and black truffle among them. And the whole thing is overseen by Pierette Huttner, who holds the title of "Mustard Sommelier" â€” a job that has us very intrigued. Grub talked to Huttner to see just exactly what the gig entails.