André Soltner, founder and chef of the legendary New York restaurant Lutèce, will create a special edition of New York Philharmonic Musical Suppers, Friday, January 7, 2011.
Mr Soltner will oversee a menu of classic Alsatian dishes from Lutèce, one of the most revered restaurants of mid-20th century New York, mythologized in the hit television series Mad Men. The post-concert supper will be hosted by food writer and critic Mimi Sheraton, who will lead a lively conversation about the relationship between great food and great music with Mr. Soltner and Music Director Alan Gilbert. The supper will be prepared by Restaurant Associates and will be served at Arpeggio Food & Wine in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.
"As much as innovation is to be prized by both composers and chefs, the best of the new always reflects the roots of the classic," said Mimi Sheraton. "It seems fitting, therefore, for the great innovator Alan Gilbert, and the New York Philharmonic, to celebrate the culinary traditions of Lutèce, the legendary, much-missed restaurant where André Soltner held forth as chef-patrone. Based on the Alsatian food of his childhood and enriched by classic French culinary training, he prepared delectable dishes that were both traditional and contemporary. The evening's concert -a dialogue between the classical and the contemporary -is the perfect precursor to the evening's menu."
Joining the supper will be Philharmonic President and Executive Director Zarin Mehta and guest artists of the evening's concert. Mr. Gilbert will conduct Mozart's Symphony No. 40, Mahler's Kindertotenlieder featuring baritone Thomas Hampson, and the New York Premiere of Thomas Adès's In Seven Days (Concerto for Piano with Moving Image) with Mr. Ades at the piano and featuring images by video artist Tal Rosner.Mr. Soltner's selection of Lutèce classics for the evening is as follows:
Tartelette à l'Oignon à l'Alsacienne (Alsatian onion tart)
Jalousie de Crabe et d'Epinards (Crabmeat and spinach pastry)
Potage au Potiron avec Croutons (Pumpkin soup with croutons)
Joues de Veau Braisées au Pinot Noir (Veal cheeks braised in red wine)
Spätzeles Printaniére (Noodle dumplings with mixed vegetables)
Bavarois aux Poires, Sauce Chocolat Amer (Pear Bavarian Cream with bitter
Tickets are $225 per person in addition to a concert ticket. For information, call (212) 875-5656 or visit nyphil.org/musicalsuppers.
Chef André Soltner, dean of classic studies at The French Culinary Institute in New York, was the chef/owner of Lutèce for 34 years, elevating fine French cuisine to a high art. His restaurant was a New York City four-star institution, considered the paragon of classic French cuisine; its closing was announced on the front page of The New York Times. He was born in Alsace, and started his apprenticeship at the age of 15, at Hôtel du Parc in Mulhouse. By the age of 27 he had become chef of the fashionable Parisian restaurant Chez Hansi. He arrived in the United States in 1961 to open Lutèce, where he regularly hosted luminaries such as the Kennedys, Richard Nixon, Katharine Hepburn, John Lennon, and Roy Lichtenstein. For 23 consecutive years, from 1971 to 1994, Lutèce, under his leadership, held five stars in the Mobil Guide and the four-star top rating of The New York Times. In 1995 Mr. Soltner joined the teaching faculty of The French Culinary Institute. He divides his time at the school between teaching hands-on cooking techniques and career counseling advanced students, and also regularly demonstrates classic menus in The French Culinary Institute's International Culinary Theater.