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Time-limited luxuries

Gastronomic fireworks are set to fly at a legendary fundraising event

Time-limited luxuries

Image: Owen Franken

February 21 2011
John Stimpfig

A casual, Sunday supper on March 6 is one way of describing Daniel Boulud’s now legendary annual charity fundraiser for Citymeals-on-Wheels at his eponymous Manhattan restaurant. But the food and wine suggest that there will also be plenty of gastronomic fireworks for anyone lucky enough to bag one or more of the few remaining tickets.

For a start, Frédéric Engerer of Château Latour will be present to showcase some venerable vintages from the legendary First Growth. He’ll also be showing wines from François Pinault’s Burgundian property, Domaine d’Eugénie. Not to be outdone, the four-course menu, which promises to be heavy on the black truffles, comes courtesy of Boulud himself (pictured) and guest chef Gerald Passédat, of Michelin three-starred restaurant Le Petit Nice, in Marseille.

The evening begins at 5.30pm with a cocktail reception and silent auction of rare wine and other “unique packages”, followed by dinner and a live auction of one-of-a-kind travel and dining destinations. However, diners should take note that they are encouraged to turn up in their best blue jeans or “Sunday casual chic”, rather than the more usual black-tie attire.

Tickets are $1,000 per person, while Gourmand tables for 10 are $25,000 and will include prestige wine pairings.

Last year’s gala dinner, together with La Paulée de San Francisco, raised nearly $400,000 for Citymeals – enough to provide more than 60,000 meals to homebound, elderly New Yorkers.