Celebrity Sommelier Arrested For Allegedly Setting Fire To Outdoor Dining Structures


A celebrated sommelier and part-owner of a preferred SoHo wine bar has been arrested for allegedly setting hearth to a number of out of doors eating constructions in Decrease Manhattan.

Caleb Ganzer, the 35-year-old wine director and co-owner of Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, was taken into custody on Thursday on a slew of arson and felony mischief expenses.

In a single July thirteenth incident, a person in shorts and a jacket approaches the out of doors eating construction exterior Prince Avenue Pizza at 3 a.m. Video reveals him sparking a lighter below serviette dispensers on separate sides of the shed, earlier than casually strolling away down the road.

Authorities stated that Ganzer was liable for that fireside, as properly one other set at Forsythia simply earlier than midnight earlier this 12 months. In June, he allegedly began a garbage hearth on the nook of Broome and Centre avenue.

“Each act of arson has the potential to unfold quickly, endangering the lives of New Yorkers and FDNY members,” Hearth Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro stated in an announcement. “Fortunately in these incidents there have been no accidents and the suspect has been apprehended earlier than one other hearth may very well be set.”

Ganzer (left) and the aftermath of a fire he allegedly set at Prince Street Pizza (right)


Ganzer (left) and the aftermath of a hearth he allegedly set at Prince Avenue Pizza (proper)


All three incidents occurred inside blocks of Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, the place Ganzer has labored since 2016. That very same 12 months, he gained a “Finest New Sommelier” award from Wine & Spirit Journal. Earlier than that, Ganzer labored on the ritzy, Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park.

In an announcement, a spokesperson for Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels stated that the restaurant was “conscious of the incident, and Mr. Ganzer is on a go away of absence.” A request for remark left at a cellphone quantity listed for Ganzer has not but been returned.

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The Manhattan District Lawyer will prosecute the case towards Ganzer.