Anthony Bourdain's involvement with South Beach Wine & Food dates back a few years but the Parts Unknown host may just outdo himself next February when the 13th edition of the festival rolls into Miami.
The sold-out Ocean Liner Dinner at the Wolfsonian–Florida International University museum is being billed as an homage to the bygone age of luxury transatlantic travel. With erstwhile menus from the museum's collection as inspiration, the CNN man has put together a crack brigade of chefs for the occasion. Daniel Boulud, Andrew Carmellini, François Payard, Eric Ripert and Dave McMillan and Fred Morin (of Montreal's Joe Beef) will be on hand to whip up the nostalgia, food-wise.
Bourdain recently wrote to Eater about the event: "We're doing this for fun. It's basically a group of chefs getting together to work on a meal reflecting our common appreciation and nostalgia for an antique, long gone, 'Continental-style' cuisine — dishes like saddle of Veal Orloff, Lobster Thermidor, oeufs en gelée, etc. served in the Russian table side manner on period tableware. Much of this stuff was taught in school early in our lives, but seldom seen since. I was inspired to reach out to these great chefs after a visit to the Wolfsonian Museum and seeing some of their collection. It fit perfectly with what Ripert and I have been talking longingly — if somewhat ironically — about for some time, what Fred and Dave rather famously love, and also some of what Daniel features in his new book (chartreuse of wild game, coulibiac etc.) None of the chefs would ever be able to get away with serving this kind of menu in their restaurants, so it's intended to be a sentimental journey — back in time."