Four legends of French cooking in America will perform at Faith Middleton’s WNPR Food Schmooze Signature Event Wine Dinner on Saturday, May 8, at The French Culinary Institute of New York City. The French Legends Wine Dinner features perhaps the biggest line-up of food royalty in the history of Pulitzer-winner Middleton’s popular Food Schmooze Party program. Tune in twice weekly to her on WNPR in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island.
The evening will begin with innovative cocktails, after which the lights will go on in the FCI theater for an exceptionally rare joint-performance by author and PBS television food star Jacques Pépin; the former chef of “21” and Le Cirque, Alain Sailhac; the former chef and owner of Lutèce, André Soltner; and chocolate impresario Jacques Torres.
Immediately after the performance, guests will experience a multi-course wine dinner personally chosen by Jacques Pépin and prepared by the top chefs of The French Culinary Institute. Pépin, whose paintings are sought after by art collectors, has agreed to hand-paint the illustrations on the menu for the evening. Wines for the dinner will come from Frederick Wildman and Sons French portfolio, including Pol Roger champagne, the high-scoring 2004 Hugel Riesling Jubilee, and the 2005 Jaboulet Côte Rôtie.
A benefit auction will feature several exclusive items, including a limited-edition Kitchen Aid mixer signed by all four French legends, and the master menu painted and signed by Jacques Pépin. Round-trip transportation for the event is provided by WNPR, with coaches in Hartford and New Haven. The event begins at 6 p.m. in New York, and tickets will benefit WNPR and Faith Middleton’s on-air Food Schmooze Party. Seating is extremely limited. Tickets are $750 per person, $450 of which is tax deductible.