DinnerLab: Delmonico’s | Restaurant History Remixed
Where: Museum of Food and Drink
62 Bayard St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn
718-387-2845 Price: $125
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Welcome to MOFAD’s DinnerLab: a new series of experiential dining events exploring the world of food and drink one subject at a time. Whether you are taking a trip to Ancient Rome, dining on the International Space Station, or exploring indigenous food cultures, DinnerLab will you take you on a one-of-a-kind culinary journey with special guests and exciting menus.
Older than the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Central Park, Delmonico’s opened in Manhattan’s Financial District in 1837 as the country’s first restaurant, forever changing the American dining experience as we know it today.
Known for its classic culinary innovations, such as Eggs Benedict, Chicken a la Keene, Lobster Newburg, Baked Alaska, the Wedge Salad, and the Delmonico Steak, Delmonico’s has also pioneered countless fine-dining trends, from the power lunch and serving oysters on the half shell, to being the first U.S. restaurant to use tablecloths, issue a cookbook, feature a printed á la carte menu, feature a separate wine list, and even to allow “unchaperoned” women to dine independently of men.
Join Delmonico’s and MOFAD for a one-of-a-kind, immersive evening of restaurant history, as we take a deliciously deep dive into Delmonico’s rich culinary legacy. The evening will be hosted by tv/radio personality Max Tucci, grandson of famed restaurateur Oscar Tucci, who owned Delmonico’s from 1926-1987, feature reinterpreted classic cocktails by renowned mixologist and cocktail historian David Wondrich, and never before seen historic relics, photographs, and menus from the private archives of Oscar Max Tucci.
Delmonico’s Restaurant Executive Chef Billy Oliva and MOFAD Executive Chef Eric Kwan have set out to remix nearly two centuries of restaurant history with modern interpretations of Delmonico’s most beloved classics, including:
Chicken ‘a la Keene’ Chip & Dip
Crispy Eggs Benedict
XO Oysters Jim Brady
“Ladies Only” Newberg Iceberg
Iced Alaska Kakigōri (by The Little One)
Ticket price includes tastings, cocktails, beer, and wine.Buy tickets/get more info now