Eleven Madison Park has already made its mark (and a big one at that) in the highly competitive New York dining scene. The award-winning restaurant (three Michelin stars, four stars from the New York Times, and a James Beard Award-winning chef, Daniel Humm) is already a success story with a formula that obviously works. But rather than coasting through and riding the wave of success, Eleven Madison Park has announced that it plans to instead turn things upside down on Madison Avenue.
Starting this fall, Humm and general manager, Will Guidara, plan to shake things up at the fine dining establishment by offering a bit more razzle dazzle than your typical evening out. The business partners, who currently sit on top of the restaurant world, have decided to let the creative juices flow by turning the Eleven Madison Park experience into a true New York City tribute complete with new menu items that will feature magic tricks, performance, and illusions. Think Central Park picnics, Broadway shows, and cheesecake. These New York classics along with other local inspirations and interactive theatrics will be a part of the nearly-four-hour $195/person tasting menu offered shortly after Labor Day weekend at Eleven Madison Park.
Why the change-up? As Guidara explained in the New York Times article, “How many times in your life do you have an opportunity to leave your own legacy?” That’s a good point, Mr. Guidara. By revamping the world-renowned restaurant they are absolutely taking a risk since it is difficult to judge how their loyal diners and critics will respond to the change. But when you are on top of the world it is hard not to go anywhere but down, so by shifting gears and tackling something new and unique, Humm and Guidara will continue breaking new grounds in the culinary world.
Take a good cause, add great food and perfectly-paired drinks. A winning formula to raise awareness about fracking in New York State.
A 200-strong crowd filled Brooklyn Winery last night for Taste of the Marcellus to say no to fracking the farms, breweries and wineries of the Marcellus Shale, but yes to sampling over a dozen delicious bites from Gramercy Tavern, Beauty & Essex, The Meatball Shop, Telepan and many other restaurants. And what better way to bring the issue home than for each restaurant to serve the very same produce, beer and wine that is in danger?
Tasting Chef Chris Santos‘ crostini topped with whipped ricotta, peach, chile, basil and honey (paired with Brooklyn Winery Stainless Steel Aged Riesling), or Chef Daniel Holzman‘s chicken meatballs with market-driven pesto and corn salad (perfect with Ommegang BPA), you can’t help but feel passionate about a cause that threatens the incredible ingredients and suppliers behind each dish.
Considering the restaurants and toques supporting the movement – Bill Telepan, Mario Batali, Michael Laiskonis, Elizabeth Falkner, Amanda Freitag and many more – expect to see and hear more about the issue – and hopefully more delicious fundraisers like this too.
The magic word: pork. The magician: Top Chef’s Dave Martin. And the magic potion: pinot, of course. Perfect.
Underground Eats took over Parlor for the second in our Tuesday night residencies at the sexy member’s-only club this week with a stellar four-course dinner for 45. Guests dined on a salad of organic barley, Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon and roasted mushrooms; hoisin and cider-marinated heritage pork tenderloin with peach and plum salsa and summer squash ratatouille; succulent Saranac root beer-braised heritage pork with heirloom tomato, watermelon and blueberry salad; and a cloud-like crème fraîche panna cotta served with bacon and dried cherry shortbread cookies. All perfectly paired with stunning Row Eleven pinots.
Parlor’s house DJ spun all the right tracks to get the after-party kicking along beneath giant blow-ups of supermodels and Seventies superstars. In one nook, Kate Moss stares down, before her “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels“ days. She just needs to try one of Chef’s addictive bacon shortbread cookies and she’ll change her mind.
It was a beautiful summer evening in Sagaponack, Long Island this weekend as hundreds of food enthusiasts, chefs, and vacationers flocked to the picturesque Wolffer Estate Vineyard for this year’s Chefs & Champagne New York event.
With plenty of bubbly and wine being poured, tipsy, hungry guests mingled with rockstar chefs and sampled exquisite food by premier restaurants like Eleven Madison Park, Craft, The Modern, Hot & Hot Fish Club, Junoon, North Fork Table & Inn, and Acme. Between bites of spiced quail with thyme–fennel relish (an amazing dish by Jehangir Mehta) or grilled chipotle shrimp with heirloom tomatoes by chef Chris Santos of Beauty & Essex, one may have caught glimpse of Todd English tirelessly shucking oysters for mouth-watering fans or Ted Allen “clink-ing” champagne glasses with fellow Chopped judges Marcus Samuelsson and Geoffrey Zakarian.
With too many James Beard Award winners to count in attendance, the evening was packed to the brim with crowds, food, interesting conversations, and plenty of star-gazeing. Browse through the above photo gallery for event highlights.
Let’s not pretend we’re not ruled by our stomachs. Sure, dining for a cause sounds noble, but it also sounds dull as dishwater. So here’s a novel idea: eating for a good cause and ticking off some Michelin stars at the same time.
Underground Eats is getting behind three delicious fundraisers where you can get your fix of celebrity chefs and fantastic food and drinks, with a side of feel-good factor.
First up is A City Farmer, A Chef and A Host dinner on Tuesday, July 24th with a very unique night out benefiting healthy eating initiatives by non-profits Just Food and The Sylvia Center. Chefs including Locanda Verde/The Dutch‘s Andrew Carmellini, ABC Kitchen‘s Dan Kluger and Laurent Gras will be joined by a bevy of incredible hosts – think the Fabulous Beekman Boys, author James Frey and cookbook author Matt Lee – for 12 concurrent dinner parties happening all over Manhattan, Brooklyn and Harlem. Buy tickets here.
Then on Thursday, July 26th over a dozen leading chefs are saying no to fracking with a grand tasting of special dishes using the best produce from the fracking-endangered Marcellus region of New York State. Show your support while also enjoying unlimited tastings from James Beard’s 2012 Best NYC Chef, Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, plus Bill Telepan, Zak Pelaccio of Fatty ‘Cue and Fatty Crew, The Meatball Shop‘s Daniel Holzman and many others. There’ll also be cocktail, wine and beer pairings and an after-party at Brooklyn Bowl with unlimited Ommegangs. Who said you can’t fundraise and be tipsy at the same time? Buy tickets here.
Finally we’re celebrating a brilliant new project by one of Anthony Bourdain‘s cameramen, Erik Shirai. We fell in love with Erik’s stunning debut food film The Last Meal, and when we heard his plans for the next in his I Am What I Eat film series, we had to get behind it. On Wednesday, August 1st we’re throwing a party, film screening and silent auction for Erik’s trip to Tokyo to tell the story of Buddhist cuisine shojin ryori. There’ll be plenty of tastings too – way more interesting than your typical after-work pizza and beer. Buy tickets here.