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Umami Food and Art Festival Edible Architecture Gala

March 12, 2011

Edible Architecture
Umami food and art festival
2011 gala event
a sneak peek of Terri Hanlon’s new video
Meringue Diplomacy
Desserts by chef Sam Mason

Astor Center for Food and Wine
399 Lafayette Street (at 4th Street), New York City
Monday, March 28th, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The life of Antonin Carême, the recognized founder of French grande cuisine, is the inspiration for the experimental documentary video entitled Meringue Diplomacy, produced and directed by Terri Hanlon. Umami food and art festival is proud to present a sneak-peek at this original work before its official premiere in April. The evening will open with whimsical hors d’oeuvres, special cocktails and other edible-architecture treats, and will close with chef Sam Mason’s fabulous desserts inspired by the film.

This special collaboration between chef and artist offers a unique opportunity to engage with both the food and the art in new and exciting ways. Proceeds from the event go to support Umami food and art festival’s mission to open avenues of collaboration between artists and culinary professionals, present new ways to look at art and to integrate art into daily life, and offer an environment for non-traditional mediums and forms. Tickets to the gala are $150 and include, in addition to the screening, cocktails, tastings, desserts, a chance to hear from both the artist and the chef, and a limited edition Umami gift bag.

Meringue Diplomacy filters Antonin Carême’s life through an ensemble cast of performers, who in their 21st Century lives possess aspects of the personalities of their early 19th Century counterparts. Home chef/performer Eric Barsness plays the role of Carême, and author, diplomat and wine connoisseur Jacques Bekaert plays the role of Talleyrand. Carol Clements, entrepreneur and choreographer, plays Lady Morgan, who wrote about Carême during his lifetime.

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For more information contact Yael Raviv

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