An Evening of PAIRINGS 2015

Thank You for Attending!

ASP's "An Evening of Pairings" took place on Thursday, November 12, 2015, at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, Manhattan. This culinary and wine event inspired senses as experts in wine, fragrance creation and suppliers of fragrance ingredients compared and contrasted Food*Wine*Scent pairings for participants. 

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Featured Speakers

John Doyle, Sensei Perfumer, Takasago

With undergraduate and graduate degrees in American history, John F. Doyle joined the Givaudan Corporation as a laboratory technician in the soap department upon completion of his service in the U.S. Army. He entered the Givaudan perfumer training program a year after joining the company, and was named assistant perfumer in 1974. He joined Norda, Inc. as a perfumer in 1975 and Roure, Inc. as a perfumer in 1980, where he ultimately became senior vice president in charge of perfumery, quality control and all support labs. In September 1988, he helped found Wessel Fragrances Inc., which was sold to Takasago International Corporation in November 2008. He is currently sensei perfumer at Takasago. 

The creator of numerous successful fragrances for air fresheners, household products, personal care products and fine fragrances for men and women, Doyle has been active in the American Society of Perfumers (ASP) since 1972, and served as a director of the ASP for a total of six years. A regular speakers and moderator at fragrance industry events, he helped stage the first International Perfumery Congress in 1984, co-chaired three ASP Symposiums and was named recipient of the William Lambert Award for service to the ASP in 1993.

Cécile Hua, Perfumer, Mane

Cécile Hua was born in Marseille to a half French, half Vietnamese family, celebrating a mix of culture and talent: her father a musician, her mother a sculptress, her uncle a photographer, one sister a soprano and another make-up artist. Her environment gave Cécile, at age 7, the inspiration to express her creativity through her own talent: concocting scents. Her passion for the art of Perfumery lies in its craft. Cécile is fascinated by composing something herself with raw materials, infusing it with personality, and sometimes a very personal message.

Jerome Epinette, Senior Perfumer, Robertet Fragrances

Jerome Epinette is a senior perfumer at Robertet Fragrances. He began his career in Robertet’s Paris office in 2003, and joined the U.S. team to launch the New York Creative Center in 2006. 


His perfumery work is inspired first and foremost by the beauty of nature, and he is known for his mastery of Robertet’s natural ingredients to create exceptional quality in his fragrances. 

As a part of the creative process, Epinette is always striving to make something new and different. He enjoys working with niche brands because he gets a lot of room to be creative. His formulas are often simple and short while remaining elegant and authentic.

Epinette earned a master’s degree in biochemistry in Dijon, France, and attended the Grasse Institute of Perfumery in Grasse, France.

Elizabeth Schneider, Sommelier, Wine For Normal People

After graduating from Wesleyan University and embarking on a decidedly non-wine career, Elizabeth Schneider realized that her heart was more in her hobby than in her high-tech job. She undertook a course to learn how to taste and appreciate wine, earned her MBA from the University of North Carolina and embarked on a decidedly non-high-tech career focused on wine. She’s a Certified Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers), a Certified Specialist of Wine (Society of Wine Educators) and worked for the largest winery in the world, launching several successful brands and co-authoring an acclaimed training program for restaurant servers.


Elizabeth is a host of an international, award-winning podcast, "Wine for Normal People". Reaching listeners from 60 different countries, she focuses on translating the wine world into simple terms that make wine accessible to everyone from novice to enthusiast. She hosts live and online wine education classes and events for everyone from CEOs of Fortune 10 companies to normal people in the middle of South Dakota. Traveling extensively to taste wines from around the world and to receive training on wine regions, she’s now writing Wine For Normal People, a book exploring wine fundamentals in a way that makes wine fun, easy and normal.

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