Sunday May 3, 2009
Alfama (Portugal) – Diners will experience an authentic 5-course meal, ending with a glass of port from Alfama’s extensive collection, included with the meal. They’ll also take home a box of Pasteis de nata, traditional Portuguese custard cakes.
Signature Dish: Lombo de Veado Assado — Pan-roasted loin of venison, potatoes au gratin, asparagus and truffles in a Madeira reduction
Allen & Delancey (United Kingdom) – After enjoying Chef Kyle Bailey’s 5-course meal and specially designed signature dish, guests will be able to recreate the experience with Chef’s signature dish recipe and a package of couscous.
Signature Dish: Diver Scallops — Pan-seared diver scallops, Israeli couscous, lemon confit, and cauliflower
Avra (Greece) – For a truly personalized experience, a manager will help design a menu for each reservation, providing insight into the menu and wine pairings. Guests will take home some Greek delicacies chosen by the Avra team.
Signature Dish: Avra Santorini Shrimp, scallops, and clams baked in tomato and herbs with kataifi filo and feta cheese
Boqueria (Spain) – While there, diners will get to know Chef Seamus Mullen as they enjoy his specially designed shared tasting menus - for lunch or dinner. Each diner will receive a complimentary bag of house-made candied Marcona almonds.
Signature Dish: Beicon de Cordero y Menestra de Verduras — House-made lamb bacon, “menestra” of spring vegetables, and mustard jus
China Grill (China) – Guests will enjoy an exclusive 5-course tasting menu created by Chef Jamie Knott, with a specially paired cocktail included in the meal. Each diner will also take home a box of delicious ginger and almond cookies.
Signature Dish: Lobster and Crab Stuffed Black Bass — Served with baby bok choy, tempura enoki mushrooms and ponzu sauce
Delmonico’s (United States) – After enjoying an exclusively designed menu featuring Delmonico’s most famous dishes, diners will take a personal tour of the restaurant, a National Historic Landmark, and take home a complimentary signed copy of the cookbook Dining at Delmonico’s.
Signature Dish: Lobster Newburg – A Delmonico’s original since 1876: lobster with creamy sauce a la Wenberg
Del Posto (Italy) – Diners will be invited to tour Del Posto’s extensive wine cellar and bring a taste of the restaurant home with a special gift bag filled with the chef’s favorite Italian delicacies.
Signature Dish: Veal Chop For Two — Grilled and slow-roasted medium temperature veal chop with a salad of grilled tongue, porcini mushrooms and watercress
L’Ecole (France) – Guests will begin the evening with a behind the scenes look at L’Ecole’s teaching kitchens. After, they’ll indulge in a unique dessert and cocktail featuring rare Grapefruit Thai Basil Tea, included with the meal. Diners will take home a sample of the exotic tea along with the recipe, to recreate the experience at home.
Signature Dish: Scallop and Sea Urchin Seared scallop and sea urchin with smoked potato cream and an apple curry vinaigrette
Maya (Mexico) – Chef Sandoval offers a uniquely designed 3-course Cinco de Mayo menu with special beverage pairings. Diners will be gifted with a complimentary signed copy of his cookbook Modern Mexican Flavors.
Signature Dish: Pechuga Adobada Adobo — marinated grilled chicken breast, huitlacoche dumplings, warm pico de gallo and cilantro pesto
Nobu (Japan) – Nobu’s talented chefs will kick start the meal with a complimentary Chef’s Selection Amuse-Gueule. Diners will finish on a sweet note too, with a signature fruit sake or shochu, included with the meal.
Signature Dish: Black Cod with Miso – Broiled black cod marinated in miso, sake and mirin
Plataforma (Brazil) – Guests will go behind the scenes on a tour of the kitchen with one of Plataforma’s Master Carvers. Everyone at the table will be gifted a complimentary cairpirinha making kit to bring home a taste of this traditional Brazilian cocktail.
Signature Dish: Picanha — Top sirloin served on a skewer cooked to individual preference
Tabla (India) – Guests will be invited to take a personally guided tour of Tabla’s kitchen. After savoring an exclusively designed 4-course prix fixe menu with an optional wine pairing to match, they’ll take home one of Pastry Chef Melissa Walnock’s uniquely designed desserts, packaged along with the recipe.
Signature Dish: Halibut with Watermelon Curry Rice flaked halibut with fresh watermelon curry, watercress and lime