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July 15, 2012
East End Chefs at Chefs & Champagne
On Saturday, July 21, Larry Kolar of The Backyard Restaurant at Sole East and On The Forks Catering, and Gretchen Menser of Fresno, will be two of the few East End chefs featured at the James Beard Foundation's Chefs & Champagne New York.
The event honors Emmy Award-winning television personality and author of "In My Kitchen", JBF Award Winner Ted Allen, and the judges of Food Network's Chopped: JBF Award Winners Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Marcus Samuelsson, Aaron Sanchez, Chris Santos, and Geoffrey Zakarian. The annual tasting party and fundraiser at the Wolffer Estate Vineyard features flowing Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, the wines of Wolffer Estate Vineyard, beers from Stella Artois and culinary offerings from a select group of more than 30 chefs.
Kolar, a Chicago native formerly of Quilted Giraffe, Tapas Lounge, Eros, Casa La Femme, Sign of the Dove, Bolivar, Kenney's Commune and Commissary restaurants and Camino Sur, will prepare Long Island duck breast with frisée salad and sherry vinaigrette for the event.
The Bolivan-born Menser, raised in Europe and Asia, has traveled and eaten extensively all over the world and cooks with a European sensibility, keeping flavors exciting and clean and working with as local a product as possible. For Chefs and Champagne, Chef Menser will prepare market fresh ceviche.
Chefs & Champagne is considered the East End's premiere culinary event. Funds raised at the event help support the James Beard Foundation's mission and programs, including culinary student scholarships and the organization's annual food conference on sustainability, public health, and nutrition. A silent auction will also raise funds for the non-profit James Beard Foundation's educational and leadership awards programs.
Chefs & Champagne's main event will take place from 6 to 8:30 pm on Saturday, July 21, and is open to the public-reservations are $200 for James Beard Foundation members and $275 for non-members. General admission includes tastings and silent auction bidding opportunities. VIP premium admission, beginning at 5 pm, is $375 for both Foundation members and non-members. VIP tables of 10 are available for $4,000. The VIP experience includes a pre-event reception, silent auction preview, after-party and reserved seating during the main event. Reservations can be made by calling 212-627-2308 or at www.jamesbeard.org/chefsandchampagne.
Wolffer Estate Vineyard
The Backyard Restaurant at Sole East