If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you already know that my favourite restaurant in the world is New York City’s Eleven Madison Park. I realize that there are a lot of great restaurants in the world that I haven’t been to yet but I have a very special spot in my heart for this one. I have reviewed it a couple of times on this blog and have been on a few occasions, to celebrate birthdays or just because… Because you don’t really need a reason to take a seat in the gorgeous art deco dining room and have a meal you will remember forever, or at least I don’t. Since I discovered Eleven Madison Park a few years ago, it has gained more Michelin stars (3 in total), quite a few James Beard Awards, 5 stars from the New York Times and has had an incredible and well-deserved climb up the San Pellegrino list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants to land at number 5 this year, which also makes it the best restaurant in North America.
In 2011, Chef Daniel Humm and General Manager Will Guidara became the owners of Eleven Madison Park. In 2012, they opened the food and beverage spaces at the NoMad Hotel, which I have also reviewed on this blog. They have also somehow managed to find the time to write and publish two of the nicest cookbooks of the past few years. The Eleven Madison Park cookbook is one of the most precious ones in my collection. I compare it to an inspiring art book that I just cannot get enough of. Their second book, I Love New York: Ingredients and Recipes was published a few months ago and focuses on exploring local farms in the greater New York area. It contains stories on each of the farms with matching recipes that have been developed for home cooks. This book is what this event is all about.
But let’s backtrack a bit, shall we? A few months ago, I was at home one night reading something about a book signing event Chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara were doing and I thought about how great it would be if they would do one in Montreal… which lead me to ask them if they would… which then lead them to say yes, and the rest is history… I don’t need to tell you all how excited and how proud I am to finally be able to let you all know about what is sure to be a great evening, so here it is.
Chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara of critically acclaimed Eleven Madison Park and the NoMad will be at Montreal’s FoodLab on September 30, 2013 for an evening of gastronomic delights where they will present their new book I Love New York: Ingredients and Recipes.
Organized in collaboration with the Society for Arts and Technology’s FoodLab and Appetite for Books, the event will be an opportunity to talk with Chef Daniel and Will about their new book and their culinary inspirations. Chefs Michelle Marek, Seth Gabrielse and Patrice Demers will prepare hors d’oeuvre inspired by I Love New York: Ingredients and Recipes, which will be served alongside handcrafted cocktails and a selection of wine and beer. The guests of honour will also be pleased to answer your questions and autograph your books.
I Love New York: Ingredients and Recipes is the second book from Chef Daniel and Will. Exploring more than 50 farms in the greater New York area, it provides an in-depth look at the region’s farming traditions, along with nearly 150 recipes, all developed explicitly for the home cook. Celebrating this thriving agricultural area, I Love New York looks to the past and the traditions that have taken root in the region, highlighting the growing movement to define New York cuisine.
The tickets are on sale on Eventbrite for $95 (plus tax and fees). The ticket price includes a copy of the book, the book signing session and a selection of hors d’oeuvre, cocktails, wine and beer. You may buy extra copies of this book during the event as well as copies of the guests’ first book: Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook.
I hope to see you all there September 30th!
FoodLab at the Society for Arts and Technology [SAT]
1201 Saint-Laurent Boulevard, 3rd floor
Montreal, Quebec H2X 2S6
The event starts at 5 P.M.
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