NewsDay: Celebrity Chef David Burke Takes over Food Service at the Garden City Hotel

Celebrity chef David Burke takes over food service at the Garden City Hotel The landmark Garden City Hotel, starting Friday, is upping its culinary game. Red-salt-aged beef; strips of bacon suspended from a wire by clothespins; crabcakes whose crunch is supplied by thin rafts of pretzel — these are just some of the whimsical creations on the new menu at the hotel now that legendary chef David Burke has taken over all food and beverage operations. (The hotel’s famous Sunday brunch buffet will also be enhanced with some Burkean touches.) The hotel’s restaurant, Polo Steakhouse, has been renamed Red Salt Room by David Burke; the Polo Lounge is now King Bar by David Burke. Executive chef  Ari Nieminen remains in place and will execute Burke’s vision with the existing culinary team of 130.  It’s a reunion for the two chefs, who knew one another at The River Cafe in Brooklyn, where in 1988 Burke burst onto the scene at the age of 26, earning three stars from The New York Times. Burke is known for an approach that is equal parts playful and scientific. It took him years to perfect a technique (now patented) that uses Himalayan pink salt to control and enhance the dry aging of beef. Now diners entering his restaurant in Garden City will pass an entire pink wall of salt bricks; huge chunks of it are suspended in glass cases that flank the threshold; candles on each table are embedded in little pink-salt cylinders. The dining room has been lightened and brightened, the ponderous chandeliers replaced with modern globes. The bar has been given a “soft renovation,” with new artwork and accents. Burke...

Getting hotter? Time to entertain with water!

Getting hotter? Time to entertain with water! “Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” – Lao Tzu And why try to resist water in the simmering summer months still ahead? Nothing lends itself better to summer entertaining than a water-infused celebration. Don’t have a pool? No problem! You’d be surprised at how hosts around the nation are utilizing H2O to have an event worth remembering. Let’s get to the makings of a wildly refreshing water extravaganza. NO POOL? IT’S COOL! It’s only natural to think “pool” when someone mentions “water-themed party.” And, while having access to a pool does offer diverse entertainment options, there are other ways to utilize H2O to have a good time. In fact, as whimsical as it sounds, many are taking pool making into their own hands with DIY pools. One popular trend is the truck-bed pool. People of all ages, demographics and truck preferences have developed means of transforming their vehicle into a mobile swim station. Pinterest and YouTube have no shortage of ideas to offer. If you decide to make a truck-bed pool, most hosts simply construct theirs using a tarp, duct tape and a water hose to do the job. If you don’t have the inclination or resources for DIY pool design, PickUpPools.com has a ready-made vinyl product to pop into your truck bed. To play up the rustic theme of a truck-bed pool party, think about providing guests with a barrel full of iced beer and refreshments, old-school lounge and lawn chairs (the kind with the crisscross mesh), darts, Nerf guns and rubber ducky floaties....

Dakota Life Media: Memorial Day Preview

Memorial Day Preview With winter not too far behind us, we are fast-tracking towards summer.  Here’s some recipes and drink ideas to help you hit a home run with your Memorial Day Weekend festivities.    .        Read Full Article on Dakota Life...

Modern Restaurant Management: New Catering Team in Town

New Catering Team in Town Andrea Correale, President and Founder of Elegant Affairs, and celebrity Chef David Burke, of Tavern 62 and Woodpecker, among many other acclaimed restaurants, announced their exclusive catering collaboration, David, a full-service catering company for weddings, corporate gatherings, and social events. The famous culinary duo, who have been friends for decades, will bring their signature gastronomic styles and expertise to create bespoke catering packages and curate events In New York City, the Hamptons and New Jersey, with plans to expand operations in the coming months. Burke and Correale plan to expand David Burke Off-Premise Catering to become the fastest growing off-premise residential and corporate caterers in New York City. The team will specialize in weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, corporate events, and social gatherings. In addition, their partnership has a stronghold in the corporate entertaining arena – from small-scale meetings to large scale events and galas, political fundraisers, and media events. Read Full Article in Modern Restaurant...

Total Food Service – David Burke and Andrea Correale Team To Create New Catering Venture

David Burke and Andrea Correale Team To Create New Catering Venture Andrea Correale, President and Founder of Elegant Affairs, and celebrity Chef David Burke, of Tavern 62 and Woodpecker, among many other highly acclaimed restaurants, have announced their exclusive catering collaboration, David Burke Off-Premise Catering, a full-service catering company for weddings, corporate gatherings, and social events. The famous culinary duo, who have been friends for decades, will bring their signature gastronomic styles and expertise to create bespoke catering packages and curate events in New York City, the Hamptons and New Jersey, with plans to expand operations in the coming months. Instantly recognizable for their culinary talents and experience in New York City and beyond, David Burke and Andrea Correale plan to expand David Burke Off-Premise Catering to become the fastest growing off-premise residential and corporate caterers in New York City. The team will specialize in weddings, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, corporate events, and social gatherings. In addition, their partnership has a stronghold in the corporate entertaining arena – from small-scale meetings to large scale events and galas, political fundraisers, and media events. Upon graduating from the Hotel and Restaurant Management program at New York Institute of Technology Andrea Correale founded Elegant Affairs, a full service off-premise catering and event planning company. It began small and quickly grew. Just eight years after its start the company expanded, moving into an eight thousand square foot facility producing over 600 events per year. Andrea’s infectious personality and expertise prompted requests from L’Oreal Paris Academy and Lenox China to represent their brands as a lifestyle and entertaining expert. Andrea can often be seen in her...