Aug 8, 2012
08:09 AM
Café Connecticut

What Do You Get to Eat for $35,800 a Plate?


Here's your assignment, chef: Dinner for 60 at the Westport home of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Oh, and President Obama will be one of the diners. Oh, and everyone else, including Anna Wintour, Anne Hathaway, Aaron Sorkin, Joanne Woodward and Jerry Springer among them, will have paid $35,800 a plate to dine with him.

This very tall dinner order was handed over by Weinstein to Michael Nischan, head chef/owner of the Dressing Room restaurant in Westport. Nischan had a week to get everything together for the star-studded sit-down, which took place Monday evening. Characteristically given Nischan's leadership position in the farm-to-table movement, his menu included quite a few "heirlooms " and "locals."

What did the donors get for their money? Led by Nischan, the Dressing Room staff plated and served a three-course meal that included an heirloom tomato salad over pickled cucumbers from Nischan's own garden; heirloom Connecticut chicken served with a potato tart, local bok choy dressed with a miso and agave sauce, and garnished with shaved sweet carrots; and, for dessert, pan-fried angel food cake served with local berries and honey.


What Do You Get to Eat for $35,800 a Plate?

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