France is known for revering fine cuisine and its masters: Brillat-Savarin, Escoffier, the Larousse Gastronomique. But according to Le Fooding’s founder Alexandre Cammas, this whole scene is great for the few privileged elite but is suffocated by an overabundance of white napkins and starchy chefs cooking in antique styles (and prohibitive prices) for the lucky few.
Founded in 2000, Le Fooding eschews star systems like Michelin or Zagat and instead focuses on making French food sexy again by promoting more daring and creative French dishes. Le Fooding was regarded as revolutionary when they began holding huge picnics in French cities, with bistro chefs serving food that people ate with their hands and wine imbibed out of plastic cups.
In NYC, a city where chefs regularly depart 4-star kitchens to start barbecue joints and noodle bars, haute cuisine is already less than sacrosanct, the perfect climate for Le Fooding’s can’t miss event set for September 17 which promises to transform Nolita’s Elizabeth Street Gallery into a private acoustic concert and dining venue. Chef Iñaki Aizpitarte of Paris’s Le Chateaubriand and musician James Murphy will artistically collaborate as a syn-esthetic duo feeding off each other creating exciting dishes. Sasha Petraske of Milk & Honey and his ex-student Richard Boccato (Painkiller, Dutch Kills) will create drinks expected to artfully complement Aizpitarte’s sophisticated fare. Admission ranges from $75-$100
Also, on the weekend of September 24-25, Le Fooding will work with 12 award-winning chefs from around the world to create a 48-hour pop-up restaurant at the Honey Space Gallery in Chelsea. This restaurant will operate around the clock with a new chef arriving every 4 hours to share a personalized menu. In homage to the “exquisite corpse” tradition of the French Surrealists, featured chefs like Hugue DuFour, Fulvio Pierangelini, Corey Lee and Andrew Carmelini will use a bit of stock from their predecessor’s meal in the creation of their own dishes. Tickets are $100 for this event & include a 4-course menu served tableside, a small bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne and Sam Pellegrino water.
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photo courtesy of Abra Bennett