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Celebrity Chef Partnerships
by Beth Kaiserman

Great Performances hosts James Beard chefs in its kitchen in Hudson Square, and we feature rotating food specials from JB chefs in our cafés and restaurants. Lately, we’ve also been partnering with celebrity chefs – collaborating for wonderful parties and great causes. Here are a few highlights.

Francis Mallmann at 287 Gallery

As part of the U.S. launch for #h41, a new wild lager with a rare yeast found in Patagonia, GP partnered with lauded Patagonian chef Francis Mallmann for two dinners featuring his world-renowned ‘fire food.’ The event featured a unique set up of vegetables and meats slowly, delicately roasting over wonderfully fragrant open flames. It was an exciting grilled feast for the eyes, nose and stomach – and an honor to work with Chef Mallmann.

Project Everyone at Gotham Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center

For a two-day event discussing global goals, with speakers including Barack Obama, we continued the war on food waste with chef Dan Barber, serving plates like House-made Fish Trim Sausage, Dog Fish Baja Ceviche Tostaditas and Fermented Grape Leaf Dolmas.

Schnitzel at the Frick Collection

We partnered with Kurt Gutenbrunner for a September event to re-create his world-famous veal wiener schnitzel for a seated dinner at The Frick Collection, along with Chilled Smoked Trout Crepes with Caviar, Potato Cucumber Salad, Chestnut Soup and more. Gutenbrunner is Chef and owner of Wallse, Cafe Sabarsky, Blaue Gans, Upholstery Store: Food & Wine.

City Harvest Dinner Series at Cadillac House and City Harvest BID at Met Pavilion

City Harvest hosted a series of three powerful chefs in July at Cadillac House: Angela Dimayuga of Mission Chinese, Angie Mar of The Beatrice Inn and Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune, serving custom menus in the colorful Cadillac House. At this year’s City Harvest BID, the organization broke its record, raising $1.5 million through its partnership with some of the world’s best chefs. We provided staffing and custom appetizers for the VIP room.

God's Love We Deliver at Ellis Island

A fantastic event with Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Events and GR8, hosted by Chazz Palminteri, featuring Chef Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy - all for God's Love We Deliver, providing free meals and nutrition education to people living with serious illnesses.

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