Author Archives: Men Who Dine
Sometimes going to a restaurant without any knowledge or preconceived thoughts of what the place may be like turns out to be something very special. That was the case when we made a last minute visit to Amali. After a holiday party that was lacking in the food department, we were hungry. Having met the chef and owner of Amali at an event a few days prior, we gave them a call to see if it was alright to come in. They graciously invited us, so we jumped in the car and drove right over.
Amali is special in many ways. Let’s start with sustainability, a core value of this restaurant. We have seen and heard many restaurants talk about farm to table, sustainability, etc., but Amali lives it, from the food that they purchase, the wines that they serve and the design of the space. They have made a holistic commitment to the ideal of sustainability which doesn’t end with food and drink, but extends economically by participating with and supporting numerous local charities, organizations and groups that promote environmental respect and biodiversity.
We are big time fans of Michael White, but then again, who isn’t? With restaurants such as Marea, Ai Fori, Osteria Morini and many more coming, Michael has built an empire of inspired cuisine. Michael White is the best of the best. Not many chefs can say they are a Multiple Michelin & NY Times Starred Chef, Grand Chef Relais & Chateaux, and James Beard Award winners. But after all the awards, achievements, and success, Chef Michael is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. He is humble, generous, funny and someone that you want to just hang out with.
Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon, Linton Hopkins, Jonathan Benno, Michael White, Christina Tosi, Rich Torrisi, and Mario Carbone…put them all together in a kitchen and you have the “Greatest Meal Ever Cooked.”
Hosted by Esquire Magazine, The Greatest Meal Ever Cooked was an historical culinary event with all proceeds benefiting the Mayor’s Fund’s efforts in providing relief for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The venue for the dinner was at the beautiful Bowery Hotel in Manhattan. It is very rare to have such an all-star cast of chefs cooking together and it brought out New York’s super-foodie crowd. The dining room was charged with excitement in expectation of the dishes that were going to be coming out of the kitchen and we were behind the scenes and on the line to capture every moment. What the guests could not see was this chef super-group in the kitchen all working together as one team to prep, cook, plate and deliver some of the most amazing food ever! The kitchen was buzzing with great energy, intensity and passion which was reflected in the dishes that kept flowing into the dining room for hours.
What do you get when a philanthropist, art collector, and former ballerina decides to open a restaurant in NYC? One of the most visually stunning spaces to be opened in NYC in a very long time, paired with cuisine that is innovative and inspiring – Mihoko’s 21 Grams.
We were invited for a cocktail reception by our friends at Jessica Aufiero Communications to sample what it happening at 21 Grams. From the wonderfully creative cocktails, ridiculously delicious hors d’oeuvres and best sake ever, we were more than impressed.