Thursday, May 26, 2011

Why Landmark Feast?

Upper West Siders have always loved to eat.  And, more and more, we love to eat local!  Thanks to the brilliant chefs who have made a home here among us, our plates are deliciously full of the best ingredients from the finest farmers and food artisans in the world, producing within arm's reach of this neighborhood.

Delicious "keftedes" meatballs, generously provided by
Chef Michael Psilakis of Kefi and Fishtag Restaurants at our
kick-off cocktail party.  Click for more photos!
On Sunday, September 25, 2011—just one long, hot and (please god after all this rain) bountiful summer away—Upper West Siders will gather together…at one long communal table…al fresco under the stars, in the glow of candlelight…on the Arthur Ross Terrace at the American Museum of Natural History…for a celebration of all things local.  The first-ever Landmark Feast!  And who among us hasn't fantasized about having dinner with our honorary event chair, Ruth Reichl?!

Landmark Feast has struck a chord with so many of us because it embodies life's essentials - beauty, quality of life, sustenance, sustainability, people, place, planet.

So, reserve your seat at the table and start thinking about the people you want to break bread and raise a glass with on September 25!  Tickets are going fast...

See you in September!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Here's to the Feast!

On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, Upper West Siders, New York foodies and lovers of our rich architectural history gathered together in a parkside apartment--a wonderful aerie hovering over the West Side, home to nearly 2,700 of New York's most beloved landmarks, including the American Museum of Natural History and Roosevelt Park, the green oasis that surrounds the Museum--to kick-off Landmark Feast, coming this fall. 

Click to view photos on Flickr.  

The evening's co-hosts: Friends of Roosevelt Park and LANDMARK WEST!, compatriots in the proverbial trenches, pulling in the same direction to keep the West Side the West Side that we all know and love, a job that takes persistent activism and vigilance and cannot be done alone.

Special guests included Ruth Reichl, former New York Times restaurant critic, editor of Gourmet magazine from 1999 to 2009, much-followed blogger, and honorary event chair of Landmark Feast; Chefs Bill Telepan, of Telepan Restaurant, and John Fraser, of Dovetail Restaurant, both pacesetters in the culinary revitalization of the Upper West Side; and Katy Oursler of Outstanding in the Field, all of whom have nurtured the idea of Landmark Feast from a tender shoot to a robust vine that now includes nearly 20 of the West Side's most brilliant chefs.

Also in attendance was Chef Damian Sansonetti of Bar Boulud.  And while unable to attend the Landmark Feast kick-off, thanks go to Chef Michael Psilakis of Kefi and Fishtag Restaurants for generously donating the tasty bites enjoyed throughout the evening.

Enjoy the photos above (or on Flickr) of the Landmark Feast kick-off party, and stay tuned for more updates!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Coming Soon to the Upper West Side ...

... Landmark Feast!

Honorary Event Chair Ruth Reichl
Benefiting LANDMARK WEST! and Friends of Roosevelt Park

This will be a totally unprecedented dining experience, celebrating our unique neighborhood and supporting the efforts to preserve everything that makes the Upper West Side so special.

On Sunday, September 25, 2011, the Arthur Ross Terrace at the American Museum of Natural History will be transformed into an extraordinary outdoor dining room for a four-course sit-down dinner—served family-style at one long, communal table under the stars—featuring best-quality local food prepared by 8 to 12 of the Upper West Side’s most brilliant chefs, all of whom are donating their time and talent, including:

Jonathan Benno, Lincoln
Ed Brown, Ed's Chowder House
John Fraser, Dovetail
Michael Lomonaco, Porter House
Marc Murphy, Landmarc

Missy Robbins, A Voce
Madge Rosenberg, Soutine
Damian Sansonetti, Bar Boulud
Bill Telepan, Telepan
Tom Valenti, Ouest

(list in formation)

In addition, a pre-dinner walkaround of cocktails & tastings will be provided by up to 20 top neighborhood restaurants, including Café Luxembourg, 'Cesca, Graffit, Miss Mamie's Spoonbread Too, Nice Matin, Recipe, Rosa Mexicano, Scaletta, Shake Shack, Shun Lee, and The Tangled Vine.

All this is being orchestrated by Outstanding in the Field, an international leader in the farm-to-table movement with a track record of coordinating unique food experiences across the country.

But the most essential ingredient of Landmark Feast is YOU! Whether you’re a “Connoisseur,” “Artisan,” or “Farmer” (see the "Reserve Your Tickets" tab for more!), your seat at the table is waiting.

Advance tickets for the first-ever Landmark Feast begin at $1,000 for two and include both the cocktails & tastings (4:00 to 6:00 P.M.) as well as the sit-down dinner (6:00 to 9:00 P.M). We also encourage you to invite your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues to take their places beside you. (A limited number of $250 individual dinner tickets will be available after June 15.)