You know when you’re traveling, and you happen to meet someone and might even share a meal together? Memories like that stay with you forever, and that’s exactly what Ivy Ackerman wants to recreate with her traveling supper club, Butter and Egg Road.
Whether exploring film and food in Tribeca, or Chinatown in her hometown of Toronto, the idea is the same: connect locals and travellers alike and take them on a cultural and culinary adventure of a favorite neighborhood.
Last week we joined Ivy and an intimate group of food and travel lovers (some had just flown in from Toronto for the event) for a promenade through Chelsea. Starting with a private tour of the High Line, our guide uncovered many little secrets we’d overlooked on previous visits, just the thing to work up an appetite before dinner at La Promenade des Anglais.
Butter and Egg Road’s other mission is to offer guests the ultimate chef’s tasting menu, one that will never be repeated again, so at La Promenade we were treated to Chef Alain Allegretti‘s best-of-the-best. With Champagne we snacked on light-as-air zucchini flower beignets, whipped ricotta and the best chicken liver pâté all of us had ever tasted, before classic Provençale fish soup, paccheri with confit rabbit, grilled branzino and a decadent marshmallow and chocolate mousse dessert, all paired with exquisite Mediterranean wines.
By the first sip of Champagne we were all mingling and chatting, just as Ivy intended. One of our favorite details, cute seating cards with a hand-drawn illustration of Chelsea and where to eat on the High Line and surrounds, and Moleskine journals, no doubt to record future travel and food adventures, just like this one.