With six cities down and only four to go, the Le Cirque traveling pop-up dinner series is well under way. On May 25, Le Cirque Chef Olivier Reginensi will make his way to The Buckhead Club in Atlanta, bringing with him authentic Le Cirque china and preparing Le Cirque menu items, for a once-in-a-lifetime, four-course dinner dubbed “An Evening With Le Cirque.” That, you may already know.
But what’s new, is this: Orlando, Chicago, Houston, Dallas and two California events have attracted an average of 80 attendees each—a big change from the 200 expected*. The Atlanta dinner, however, already has 100 RSVPs.
On the menu: a first course of tuna tartare with curry, fennel and mango sauce; lobster salad “Le Cirque;” or soft poached egg and morsels with asparagus and chervil. The second course includes a choice of potato ravioli with black truffle, prosciutto cotton and sage-scented veal jus; or porcini risotto with vialone nano, porcini daube and parmiagiano reggiano. For the entrees, there’s paupiette of black bass with leeks, potatoes and rocca di frassinello sauce; pan-roasted chicken with petits pos a la bourgeoise; or filet of beef with gratin legumes de printemps, sauce bordelaise and bone marrow. The evening ends with chocolate fondat with vanilla ice cream, a Napoleon in a puff pastry with mousseline and berries; and a selection of Le Cirque petit fours.
The meal includes wine pairings, too: Antica chardonnay from Napa Valley; Col Solare cabernet sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington State; Stag’s Leap, cabernet sauvignon from Artemis, Napa Valley; and Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé Champagne from France.
Said Carlo Mantica, CEO of the Maccioni Group, on the recent events: “Most attendees have expressed a wow at overall experience and ability to interact with Chef Olivier Reginensi in person.”
We’ll see what Atlantans think soon enough.
*According to Le Cirque, the event planners were "originally misinformed about the number of attendees expected at each event. Club Corp clubs can hold 100 to 150 people per event depending on the location, not 200."
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