Below is the menu for the “Governor at Eleven Madison Park” pop-up dinner. The minimum donation is $250 per person, and in return you don’t just get a seven-course wine-paired tasting menu, you also get to help out Governor, a restaurant devastated by Sandy’s floodwaters; all proceeds will go towards the rebuilding of that well-regarded DUMBO eatery.
Yup, we’re calling this one a GOOD DEAL. And those who wish to donate directly to Governor can do so through Go Fund Me; so far the Brooklyn restaurant has raised over $36,000 toward a $150,000 goal (still a ways off).
Next Tuesday, Will Guidara and Daniel Humm will donate their private dining room and various kitchen resources to the Brad McDonald and his team at Governor for a one-night-only pop-up. 50 seats only. Details:
GOVERNOR AT ELEVEN MADISON PARK 11/20/12
DOORS 7 PM, DINNER 7:30
7-Course Dinner with Wine Pairings
$250 PER PERSON MINIMUM DONATION
All proceeds go to the rebuilding of Governor
To book, please call 212-889-0905
Here’s the menu:
+Poached Oyster Toast, Lobster Emulsion
+Nasturtium, Buttermilk, Trout Roe
+Prawn Crackers, Sea Urchin
1 - Caviar, Brown Butter Ice Cream, Sunchoke
2 - Beef Tartar, Pickled Garlic Crisps, Chilies
3 - Celery Root, Clothbound Cheddar, Preserved Egg Yolk
4 - Striped Bass, Kale, Fish Sauce, Cilantro
5 - Oxtail, Salsify, Oyster Sauce
6 - Pumpkin Seed Ice Cream, Mulled Wine, Oat Crumble
7 - Bittersweet Ganache, Maple, Buckwheat Ice Crea
Northern Spy Food Company is a small East Village restaurant that temporarily shuttered in the wake of superstorm Sandy, a meteorological event that took out power to much of Manhattan below 40th street.
It’s hard to run a restaurant with no electricity.
But the day after the storm struck, something highly unusual and extraordinarily generous happened. Chef Christophe Hille took his perishables and cooked them for the neighborhood. For free. It’s a pretty cool move considering that Hille could just have easily charged for these dishes and no one (including myself) would have thought less of him for it.
Restaurants, like any business, need to turn a profit, which means they aren’t inclined to give away their expensively honed goods and services without asking for payment in return — especially before what could be an extended closure. So I shot off a few emails to Chef Hille inquiring about the event, and about how his business is faring since the restaurant’s reopening.
What follows are highlights from our email conversations:
Tell me about your free food night last Tuesday. This was to presumably cook off your perishables? We started the free food buffet (I’ve elsewhere called it the “sidewalk smorgasbord”) at around 1pm on Tuesday after a few of us arriving at the restaurant around 10am to assess damage and refrigeration status. It was very clear to me that morning that power would be off for a while and that with the walk-in already approaching 50F, we didn’t stand a chance of holding product until the end of the week, nevermind longer. I decided that I would rather give the food away fast (another 24 hours and we would’ve had half as much to cook) and at least have fun with it rather than see all this awesome stuff end up in the trash.
It’s a GOOD DEAL from the GOOD PEOPLE at Russ & Daughters.
Dear Friends of Russ & Daughters,
We are very thankful for the outpouring of concern and support we received from all over the country this past week. We are grateful to report that Russ & Daughters made it through Hurricane Sandy with no damage. Thanks to a combination of luck, advance planning, the efforts of our incredible team, and a miraculously secured generator, we were able to re-open two days before power was returned to Lower Manhattan. We were humbled and blessed to be there for our neighborhood in need.
While things are back to normal at Russ & Daughters, our thoughts go out to all of the communities for whom the devastation has not ended. With this in mind, this Thursday, November 8th, we are teaming up with our friends at Astor Center to co-host a wonderful fundraising event for Hurricane Sandy Relief. We hope to see you there.
Please join us for a casual-but-elegant, self-paced tasting of Russ & Daughters appetizing served with Astor’s classic wines and spirit pairings. With 100% of our ticket sales going to the American Red Cross and to local relief efforts, our goal is to raise $10,000 for Hurricane Sandy relief, one bite of blini and sip of bubbles at a time. Your ticket purchase includes automatic entry into a raffle for items including: an appetizing class for two behind the counter at Russ & Daughters, a private tasting of Astor’s favorite grower-winemaker Champagnes, and more.
Buckwheat Blini, Smoked Trout Mousse, French Trout Roe
Hand Sliced Gaspe Nova Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Corn Rye
Compass Box Scotch Whisky
Smoked Salmon Tartare, Crème Fraiche, Endive
St. Germain Cocktail
Thursday, November 8
At Astor Center (399 Lafayette Street, at East 4th Street New York, NY 10003)
Tickets are $45, and that entire amount will be donated to the Red Cross and to local relief efforts. Tickets can be purchased online: http://www.astorcenternyc.com/class-sandy-support-an-american-red-cross-fundraiser.ac
Below is a list of daily news items that the #dineoutNYC folks LOVE:
1. Immaculate Infatuation’s #EatDowntown campaign. IA’s Andrew Steinhaul writes, “We’re running an instagram challenge with the hashtag #EatDowntown, urging people to get out and support all these restaurants who got blacked out and flooded. In conjunction with the contest, we’re doing a #EatDowntown meetup on Thursday at Prima at 8pm. Made a reservation for 10, first 8 people with good #EatDowntown Insta pics get seats with Immaculate. I have a feeling it’s going to turn into a full restaurant takeover though.”
2. LiftsAll.org. We’ve all been scratching our heads over the last week, trying to figure out how to responsibly and effectively channel funds directly to the restaurants that need it most. Along comes LiftsAll.org (as in, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” - JFK), which aims to pair restaurants in need with sponsors. Funds go directly from sponsor to ailing restaurant. Genius.