Gourmands and nostalgia buffs are counting the days until a one-time only dining experience.
Chefs and dignitaries gather around Master Chef Andre Soltner at a kickoff event for the University Settlement Fine Wine Dinner & Auction he will prepare on April 16.
Since Lutece closed its doors in 2004, its legend has lingered among foodies, dignitaries, celebrities and socialites who flocked to the restaurant for the classic cuisine, which at that time was a rarity in America.
Now on the evening of April 16 at 82 Mercer Street, chef Andre Soltner will recreate the legendary menu that delighted upper crust diners for decades. Benefiting University Settlement, the once-in-a-lifetime experience will include a reception with Henriot champagne, a selection of wines paired with the award-wining cuisine, desserts prepared by master pastry chef Jacques Torres and a live auction.
Opened in February 1961 in mid-town Manhattan, Lutece defined "fine dining." For 34 years chef-owner Soltner was there virtually every day supervising the kitchen and attending to guests. Julia Child was among food critics who proclaimed Lutece "the best restaurant in the United States."
Currently Dean of Classic Studies at the French Culinary Institute and a member of countless culinary organizations, chef Soltner will once again prepare a menu like those that set the stage for America's blossoming of interest in culinary expertise.
Those interested in attending can contact the sponsor, University Settlement which helps low-income families improve their lives through quality education, decent housing and physical and emotional well being. www.universitysettlement.org