I didn't either -- until a couple of weeks ago!
Founded in 1980 by Arlene Feltman Sailhac, De Gustibus, the name of this hidden treasure, is now owned and run by Salvatore Rizzo, the former Director of House Operations and Events at the James Beard Foundation.
The school seeks to “continue the tradition of serving the culinary community by showcasing the talents of established chefs, rising stars, and sommeliers to food and wine lovers, with the utmost in hospitality.
I recently went to one of their classes, featuring Chefs Wolfgang Ban and Eduard Frauneder, of Seasonal in New York City, and was utterly delighted and impressed with the evening – and the delicious food was just one part!
Now, I won’t go spoiling the surprise for you – you will have to venture in on your own the next time you’re in the city (you can purchase classes individually, or in series packages). But, here’s a taste: the staff at De Gustibus is delightful, very charming, and incredibly welcoming. The evening is full of stimulating conversation, interesting and enlightening questions, of course the delicious food, served in multiple courses and paired with wonderful (and often new to the diner) wines.
If you’re looking for a fun evening where you will be well cared for, will eat delightful restaurant-quality food and divine wines, all while learning more than you ever could imagine about food and cooking, look no further.
Plus, if you’re looking to learn a bit more about where many of these chefs like to eat in NYC, or what they cook (or don’t cook) at home, check out De Gustibus’ blog, with many more up and coming postings written by yours truly.
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