Sauntering Through Last Night's Art Of Food Event At Sotheby's Auction House
Growing up on Manhattan's Upper East Side, I have passed Sotheby's Auction House a million-and-one times and have dreamed about the day that I would be invited inside. Walking in the doors, I was greeted and individually guided into and up the elevator to an amazing gallery space.
Lights were projected in spiraling lines on the high ceilings, trendy millennial music was being played by a super cool quartet of violinists, and prosecco and white wine filled glasses were in every guest's hands.
The first piece of art I encountered was Roy Lichtenstein's "Reflections on Crash" a piece as a Fine Arts student in college I had a poster of hanging on my wall in my dorm room. I had this feeling that you get when you are in an incredibly high end restaurant, look to your left and at the table next to you is your favorite A List celebrity who of course wants to have a full conversation with you.
Beside each piece of artwork, an executive chef from an Upper East Side restaurant was cooking and plating at their own culinary station. Each chef was paired with a piece of art from Sotheby's upcoming art auction and was asked to develop a dish inspired by it. What came out was art inspired by art which was then excessively photographed in turn creating more art.
Standing beside one of the Picasso paintings in the room was host Chef Michael White. A huge fan of his work, I had found my kind of A List celebrity. FYI, he is incredibly nice. In chatting for a few minutes, visiting his new restaurant Vaucluse has become a super high priority.
From Michael White to his co-host fashion designer Nicole Miller, to Tim and Nina Zagat, to the new friends I made in not for profit, real estate, ballet teacher at Alvin Ailey, everyone in that room was exciting to talk to.
Filled to the brim with Hamachi Crudo from August, The Acatlan Latke from The East Pole, Montauk Pearl Oysters from Atlantic Grill, Rigatoni with Brisket Ragu from Fred at Barney's, Pizza Balls with Classic Tomato Sauce from The Meatball Shop and twenty more dishes, plus the incredible wines and prosecco, I ended my night at Sotheby's happily chatting with new friends while overlooking York Avenue through the gigantic Sotheby's windows I have always looked up at wondering what it would be like to look out of. Now, I know.