Say Cheese: June 2014
Abbe Lewis - June 2014
Meeting of the Minds Fifteen participants from eight countries gathered at Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine, the luxury hotel that’s part of the historic winery in Sardónde Duero, Spain, in March for the first annual Culinary Conclave. Ferran Adrià led the event, discussing innovation and creativity in gastronomy, as well as future plans for his elBulli Foundation, including the launch of the elBulli 1846 research laboratory in Barcelona. Leading the pack, pictured from left: chef Andoni Luis Aduriz, Adrià, and LeDomaine managing director Andrés Araya.
Future Chefs’ Practice Run Eight hundred guests honored Michael White, chef/owner of Altamarea Group, at the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program’s annual grand tasting, held at Chelsea Piers’ Pier Sixty in New York City. Over 36 Manhattan chefs and restaurateurs participated to support scholarships, education, and career opportunities for disadvantaged youth. Cooking alongside the chefs were more than 60 NYC C-CAP high school students, eager to put their mark on the culinary world. One million dollars was raised, including $80,000 from two live auction bids on private dinners cooked by White and Marcus Samuelsson. Pictured: White with C-CAP president Susan Robbins and founder/chairman Richard Grausman.
Come Together, Right Now A tremendous $250,000 was raised at the sixth annual Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market, benefiting five nonprofits. Some 275 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and seated dinner prepared by 19 chefs from across the country, and tasted bites like sumac-cured sea trout with pumpernickel, labne, and smoked caviar from David Seigal (Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar, NYC), and duck leg confit with black rice in lobster gravy by Edward Lee (610 Magnolia, Louisville, KY).
Down the Hatch! Mixologists from across the country gathered for the first-ever “Are You Indispensable?” cocktail contest at Play at Manhattan’s Museum of Sex. Contestants were asked to compose drinks that celebrated PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur as “the indispensable modifier that elevates cocktails.” Ryan Gannon (third from right) of New Orleans’ Cure took top honors (and $5,000) for his Law Abiding Citizen cocktail, featuring PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur, Sherry, and lemon juice.