UrbanDaddy and Charlie Trotter

12 Aug 2007, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in chefs & restaurants

If you happened to catch my rum cocktail adventure on Food Philosophy #51, you were introduced to UrbanDaddy, an invitation-only site that gives you the inside scoop on the latest and greatest happening in the world of jetsetting, eating, drinking and savoring life in general. Well, I got my “JetSet” newsletter from them today, and was delighted to discover they linked to my interview with Charlie Trotter from 2003, where we talked about our mutual admiration of Ayn Rand (was that really four whole years ago?!).

The link was part of an announcement from UrbanDaddy about a fascinating dinner called The Dinner of the Chefs at Versailles in France:

We’ve always been fans of the ancien régime (those hundred-room palaces put your condo to shame), but since the revolution, the Versailles scene has been deader than disco.

Fortunately, royal hedonism is making a comeback…for one meal, at least.

Held at Versailles this September, The Dinner of the Chefs is your chance to live like a Louis. In the banquet hall of Le Grand Trianon, Louis XIV’s private retreat, you’ll dine through 15 courses while sipping world-class wine from Baccarat crystal and taking in Chopin from the local string section. And in the kitchen, you’ve got 16 of the best and brightest chefs from around the world, including Alain Passard of Paris landmark L’Arpège and BBC celeb Gary Rhodes. Between them, they’ve got 40 Michelin stars. Think of it as Top Chef Versailles.

The evening opens with a candlelit reception in Marie Antoinette’s private courtyard, hosted by a former French First Lady. At the dinner itself, each chef will grace the hall to explain his signature dish, so you can chat with Charlie Trotter about his braising technique or penchant for Ayn Rand. And after you’ve put away your fifteenth plate, you’ll watch fireworks over the palace—forgetting all about that $30,000 price tag.

After all, the king never looks at the check.

The Dinner of the Chefs
Sept 17
Chateâu de Versailles, Versailles, France
33 (0) 155 047 979

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