Gilt City Tequila Dinner at Kane Steakhouse: Meat, Booze, and Lee Schrager
|All photos by Laine Doss|
|Lee Schrager curated a dinner at Kane Steakhouse...sans gossip.|
We were invited to sit in on the event. Since we had never been to one of Schrager's Gilt City events, we were curious to see if the dinner was worth the $117 price tag ... and to see if Schrager was an active participant and host.
Schrager was, in fact, there throughout cocktails and most of the dinner (he did excuse himself as dessert was ending). Sitting at the head of the table, he introduced himself to everyone and headed discussions, mostly about food.
We were looking for some insider gossip about celebrity chefs behaving badly at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, but Schrager was tight-lipped about that. Instead, he did chat about his favorite pastry joint (Buena Vista Deli), Miami ten years ago ("My parents came to visit and said, 'You live here?'"), and an upcoming dinner planned for Michelle Bernstein's Crumb on Parchment.
Laura Becraft from the Patron Spirits Company was also on hand to describe the six different tequilas offered, noting the differences in source, distilling, and aging of each one.
In conclusion, was the Gilt City dinner worth the $117 price tag? We'd say a qualified "yes" -- if you like to dine in a communal setting.
If, however, you're on a date, you might want to make more intimate dinner reservations -- lest Mr. Schrager monopolize your significant other with tales of the perfect Napoleon.
|NY strip with jalapeno corn pudding was paired with Patron Gran Platinum at Kane Steakhouse.|
|Executive chef Daniel Ganem poses with co-owner Matthew Glazier at Kane Steakhouse.|