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Le Cirque Goes L.E.S.

Friday, August 26, 2011
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On Tuesday evening, Alan Philips‘ Guerilla Culinary Brigade co-hosted a pop-up dinner with French icons Le Cirque and Grey Goose Vodka.  Le Cirque’s 2 star Michelin Chef Craig Hopson and Grey Goose mixologist extraordinaire Nick Mautone greeted an intimate group of friends and media elite for the latest version of The Feast, a pop-up restaurant series. “The Feast: L.E.S Cirque” is a casual interpretation of New York’s most famous restaurant in the 10,000 square foot indoor/outdoor penthouse of the Hotel on Rivington.

The pop-up restaurant was designed by DeVinn Bruce, who coupled the fresh fruits and bright citrus hues reminiscent of the Grey Goose flavors with the circus theme of the Maccioni family’s iconic restaurant.  Mixologist Mautone collaborated with Chef Hopson to create decadent and original cocktail pairings like The Grey Goose L’Orange Cartini (Grey Goose L’Orange, Lillet, Regans Orange Bitters, and Amontillado Sherry), and The Black Orchid (Grey Goose L’Orange, Creme De Violette, and Fee Brothers Peach Bitters).

The series runs through Friday, and each night, Chef Hopson works on a different seasonal ingredient to create a four course meal.  AVENUEinsider was lucky to be welcomed on lobster night, since we won’t be able to get those Montauk/Amagansett lobster rolls for much longer.  Our first course was a refreshing lobster salad with peaches, bibb lettuce, and vanilla vinaigrette.  Next up was handmade lobster tortelli with foie gras sabayon and lobster mushrooms.  Our main course was a lighter spin on surf and turf with veal fillet, lobster tail, and lobster bacon sauce.  This decadent tasting was topped off with a Passion-Fruit Pavlova, the perfect palate cleanser.  No, there wasn’t any lobster in the dessert – that’s probably best saved for food-competition shows like Iron Chef.

After we finished our culinary “feast,” our dinner party hightailed it to the upstairs terrace for some more Grey Goose cocktails and some mingling amidst the cool breeze of late summer city nights.  Good thing we had our outdoor fun before the Hurricane!
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