Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market 2011
It's the dream wedding scenario—ripped from the pages of Saveur and the Sunday Styles. Rent out the city block's length of Chelsea Market. Start with a cocktail party near the 9th Avenue entrance. Serve a Manhattan mixed by the guys from Tuthilltown Spirits. Advance the soiree to a stretch of elegantly decorated tables, streching 300 feet. It's all candle light and cherry blossoms in vases. Invite a dozen chefs from NYC and around the nation to serve a dish of their choosing. Alex Guarnaschelli (The Darby) does a simple beet salad with Wisconsin Gruyere. Bill Telepan serves a smoked trout bilini with black radishes. A couple of dudes travel from Maine's Arrows Restaurant and go way over-the-top with a parfait of local peekytoe, mango, avocado and a dash of cilantro. Everybody in the kitchen is pitching in on that one. The guests are in awe—and we haven't even hit the mains. Wedding this was not, but the annual Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market fundraiser. Proceeds benefited youth culinary and farming initiatives at the nearby Robert Fulton Houses, as well as the James Beard Foundation scholarship fund.
After the fish course—and welcome rest—entrees arrive family style. Dan Silverman (The Standard Grill) is a big winner with red wine braised beef navel, while Tryg Siverson (Friedman's Lunch) evokes a late-fall dinner at the hunting lodge with roasted duck and morels over delicate spaetzle. Joe McAtee from Doylestown new-American outpost Honey goes all-in with an odd pairing of Berkshire meatballs and ramen noodles. Miso paste and bonito flakes attempt to hit the umami g-spot, but fails. Way too salty, but a novel idea. And when Sarahbeth Levine (lemon curd tarts) and Jacques Torres (chocolate bon bons) are doing dessert, you save room. Whoopie pies from SF's Waterbar pastries arrive as well. Cupcakes are officially over. Mazel tov to the fake bride and groom. What a party. SEE FULL GALLERY