Alan Battman Batt’s 4th annual
"The Great Gathering of Chefs"
September 25th, 2008
Photographer Alan “Battman” Batt’s 4th Annual Great Gathering of Chefs will be held on September 25, 2008. The event, featuring over 100 chefs (including Daniel Boulud, Jacques Torres, Gabriel Kreuther, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and more), is a celebratory book launch party and a benefit for The Children’s Storefront in Harlem, a not-for-profit, fully accredited, independent, tuition-free school serving pre-school through eighth grade.
The participating chefs, from top restaurants ranging from New York to Paris and the US Virgin Islands, will autograph copies of Battman’s two latest books: The Colors of Dessert and Soup, the fifth and sixth editions of his food photography book series.
The chefs will autograph the first 100 copies of each new book and will meet and greet attendees. From 6 to 8 PM, ticket-holders will be able to taste pairings of the soups with breads from Sullivan St. Bakery, wines donated by David Bowler Wines, and desserts with coffees prepared by Starbucks Coffee Company.
The Colors of Dessert presented a challenge to 87 chefs: to create a dessert from one of six colors. The book includes recipes from chocolate maker Jacques Torres, Gina DePalma (Babbo), Pichet Ong (P*ong), Sam Mason (Tailor), Joël Robuchon (L’Atelier), Jessica Isaacs (Nobu) and Johnny Iuzzini (Jean-Georges).
Soup includes photos and recipes of unique soup creations created by 108 chefs and food experts who allowed Battman and his camera into their kitchens and restaurants to photograph their soup delicacies. Among those who cooperated are such outstanding chefs and restaurateurs as Emeril Lagasse (Food Channel and Table 10), Charlie Trotter (Charlie Trotter’s), Michael Anthony (Gramercy Tavern), Nobu Matsuhisa (Matsuhisa), Eric Ripert (Le Bernardin), Daniel Boulud (Daniel), Wylie Dufresne(WD~50), author/chefs Cat Cora, Tyler Florence and Joanna Pruess.
Battman is a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn. He’s renowned for capturing the best of the city: photographs which have been published on greeting cards and in books celebrating the Big Apple for over 25 years and have undoubtedly made him one of the most recognized photographers in NYC.
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