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Four Seasons: A Culinary Adventure

A couple of weeks ago, I had the wonderful opportunity (thanks Sandra!) to attend a delicious eight course tasting menu at The Four Seasons Restaurant.

Now what makes this visit worthy of a post? This restaurant has been a New York City classic since 1959 and, unfortunately, is closing its doors in the summer of 2016 and opening somewhere else in Manhattan.

To give you a little background…

The restaurant was designed by Phillip Johnson and Mies van der Rohe. I’m not going to pretend like I am an architecture connoisseur, but I do know that MOMA considers their work relevant enough to have about 100 pieces of the restaurant’s elements as part of their permanent collection. The restaurant’s appearance has gone mostly unchanged since its opening, but certainly doesn’t look dated at all.

Additionally, the restaurant has housed many Modern Art pieces over the years. To name a few: Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Jackson Pollock, Helene Frankenthaler, Robert Rauchenberg, Joan Miro, and Pablo Picasso. The Picasso curtain, which was installed in the entryway to the restaurant for its opening in 1959, was removed in 2014 and its removal process caused quite a bit of controversy at the time.

Lastly, The Four Seasons is more than just an enjoyable culinary experience; it is said that the restaurant brought several firsts to the US:

  1. Seasonally changing menus
  2. Printing menus in English (as a destination restaurant)
  3. Cooking with fresh, wild mushrooms

But, less about the history and more about the food, it is a restaurant after all…

For our meal, there were carefully selected options to highlight the restaurant’s more popular dishes and great wine pairings.

As a nice touch, they printed out the pairing menu with our organization’s logo below theirs:

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Course One

Roasted Heirloom Beet Salad
Burrata, Hazelnut-Orange Salsa

Chateau Cartonneux, Graves 2010

four seasons, new york city, new york, foodie, foodCourse Two

Octopus a la Plancha
Celery-Red Onion-Caper Salad

Chateau Cartonneux, Graves 2010

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Course Three

Four Seasons Mushroom Risotto

Barbera d’Alba, Cordero di Montezemolo

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Course Four

Lemongrass-Kaffir Poached Halibut
Asian Pear, Lily Bulb, Watermelon Radish

Sauvignon Blanc, Cakebread, Napa 2013

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Course Five

Filet of Bison Rossini
Porcinis, Cabbage, Pommes Anna

Pora, Produttori Barbaresco 2009

four seasons, food, foodie, new york cityCourse Six

Roasted Pheasant
Toasted Buckwheat-Red Wine Risotto, Roasted Porcinis

Enrico VI Cordero di Montezemolo 2010

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Course Seven

Whipped Rice Pudding
Poached Pear, Cranberry-Sake Sorbet, Crispy Meringue

Picot, Dri 2010

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Course Eight

Chocolate Souffle

Picot, Dri 2010

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As an additional treat, they gave their signature cotton candy with candied berries in it. My not-so-inner child was thrilled.

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