Master Sommelier to discuss power entertaining at La Jolla Community Center

America’s first Master Sommelier, Eddie Osterland, will be the next guest of the Distinguished Speaker series at the La Jolla Community Center. Osterland, an internationally acclaimed expert in the culinary arena of food and wine, will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at the center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd.

Osterland holds the degree of Diplôme Universitaire d’Aptitude à la Dégustation (DUAD) from the Université de Bordeaux in France. After completing his studies there, in 1973 he passed the Master Sommelier Diploma in London on his first attempt! From there, he became head sommelier at the Hôtel de la Poste in Beaune, Burgundy, France — an American running a French wine cellar!

He has been featured as a wine expert by Esquire and Jet Set magazines and was the director of trade education for the International Wine Center in New York City. Osterland is the author of “Power Entertaining: Secrets to Building Lasting Relationships,” “Hosting Unforgettable Events,” “Closing Big Deals from America’s 1st Master Sommelier,” and “Wine and the Bottom Line.” He served as the wine editor for Restaurant Business magazine for a decade.

The evening will begin with a 5 p.m. reception and refreshments. The lecture follows at 6 p.m. when Osterland will discuss the fine art of power entertaining, citing strategies that set one apart, the new cutting-edge wines to be served, food and wine pairings that are the most successful at parties, and the items that distinguish you from your peers when it comes to wine.

A Q&A will top off the night, 6:45-7:15 p.m.

The event is complimentary with limited seating. RSVP: (858) 459-0831 or e-mail