Attendees of Our Town’s Art of Food event held at Sotheby’s last week were invited to devour artful dishes inspired by master artwork from artists including Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch, Marc Chagall, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. In a fine auction house setting, one would expect to feast on world-class art only with their eyes, yet at last week’s event, guests were not only able to feast with their eyes, but also with their other senses of taste and smell.
Hosted by world-renowned chef Michael White and iconic fashion designer Nicole Miller, Our Town’s Art of Food was an unforgettable evening of sheer culinary bliss graciously presented by New York Presbyterian Hospital, benefiting Citymeals-on-Wheels. Tim and Nina Zagat were the evening’s honorees.
Twenty five of New York City’s top chefs from Manhattan’s Upper East Side displayed their artfully inspired culinary dishes to enchant the packed auction house, which was a delightful mix of art lovers, fashionistas and food enthusiasts all gathered together to support a worthy cause.
“When I viewed Andy Warhol’s ‘Mick Jagger’ for the first time, I immediately envisioned irregularly-shaped pieces of fresh pasta draped over the sides of his head,” said senior chef Ross Posmentier of New York Presbyterian Hospital. “The fresh fettuccine over an orange butternut squash puree is interpreted as ‘monochromatic over brilliance.’ Black and white pasta represents the shades of Warhol uses and the bright hues reflect Jagger’s vibrant stage persona.”
Each chef served artfully crafted small plates that seemed to skillfully echo the artwork standing proudly beside them. To have such exceptional master artwork coupled together with top chefs with an impressive jazz quartet was truly an evening to remember.
As guests strolled through the seventh floor of Sotheby’s admiring the masterworks on display, they were treated to a delightful, moveable feast by some of the culinary titans of the Upper East Side. Guests noshed on small plates of some of the tastiest fare from the likes of delicate Montauk Pearl Oysters from Atlantic Grill, mouthwatering ravioli ai porcini from Il Mulino, scrumptious chicken satay from Philippe by Philippe Chow and exceptional mini crème brulee from Le Cirque.