Dine with Design. A Culinary Event to Benefit The Glass House

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – The Philip Johnson Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, invites the community to attend the second annual Dine with Design. The epicurean event, to be held at the Glass House on Saturday, June 9, offers two ways to experience the historic site. From 12pm to 3pm, the Modern Picnic provides an opportunity to sample savory dishes prepared by six award-winning chefs and ten talented artisans while exploring the buildings, grounds and art collections located on the 49-acre site. Beginning at 6:30pm, The Food Film Festival™ makes its first appearance outside of New York City and Chicago. The theater-style experience delights audiences as it offers the chance to taste what they see on the screen.

The Glass House with pool by Stacy Bass

A Modern Picnic
The Glass House invited six renowned chefs, including local restaurateurs Jeremy McMillan (The Farmhouse Restaurant at The Bedford Post Inn) and Tim LaBant (The Schoolhouse at Cannondale) to celebrate Dine with Design 2012. The culinary line-up boasts the star power of Chefs Ana Sortun (Oleana) recipient of the James Beard Foundation (JBF) 2005 Best Chef: Northeast; Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon) awarded the JBF 2011 Rising Star Chef of the Year; Tony Maws (Craigie on Main) recipient of the JBF 2011 Best Chef: Northeast; and Missy Robbins (A Voce Madison and Columbus) one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs 2010.

Dine with Design artisans will offer a delicious sampling of the incredible bounty this country has to offer including Island Creek Oysters; Beehive Cheese Co.; Freddy Guys Hazelnuts; Theo Chocolates; Wave Hill Breads; Blue Pig Ice Cream Factory; Black Cow Coffee Company; Captain Lawrence Brewing; The Summer Kitchen Bake House; a “custom” cocktail from Tuthilltown Spirits and select wines from Stewart’s Spirits.

Guests will meet the chefs and artisans, sample their cuisine, stroll leisurely through the site and enjoy shuttle service to and from The Glass House courtesy of Callari Auto Group.

The Food Film Festival™
On June 9, The Food Film Festival™ will make its first appearance outside of NYC and Chicago at The Glass House. As part of Dine with Design, Festival co-founder George Motz will present eight short films that represent the most significant films shown during the Festival’s five-year history. Motz aims to transport guests on a multi-sensory journey organized as a multi-course sampling.

The evening begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres provided by Artisan Executive Chef Frederic Kieffer. Guests then take their seats for the film portion of the event, featuring films that advance from appetizers through main course and desserts including:

The Perfect Oyster – A portrait of Northwest Canadian oysterman Brent Petkau and his oysters;
A Love Supreme – An illustration of making samosas, inspired by the boxing sequences from Scorsese’s Raging Bull. A tribute to the director’s mother (who has rheumatoid arthritis in her knees and shoulders); this is a record of her hands in case they become disabled;
What’s Virgin Mean? – A young girl asks her mother an awkward question. Will this middle-class mum display her impeccable liberal credentials by explaining honestly? Or will she try and squirm her way out of it?
Zergüt – Animated food film where the moldy, forgotten foods in the rear of a refrigerator rise up against the fresh foods that reside up front;
Harvest to Heat – Demonstrating the unique relationship between chef and artisan exemplified by Chef Bill Taibe of Le Farm and The Whelk, and master farmer Annie Farrell of Millstone Farm;
Cud – The story of a Georgia rancher who eschews traditional corn-feeding to raise grass-fed cattle;
Ice Cream Picasso – No one is more inventive or passionate on the subject of ice cream than Bruce Becker of Max & Mina’s. This Flushing, Queens ice cream shop boasts over 4,000 flavors, some as bizarre as beer and grass;
Pastry Paris – Visually arresting Parisian pastries photographed with their sculptural
Parisian counterparts.

Dine with Design Tickets
Tickets for the Modern Picnic ($250 per person); Food Film Festival™ ($100 per person) and VIP pass for access to both events ($300 per person) are available for purchase online or via phone (866.811.4111). Dine with Design 2012 proceeds support Glass House general operations, educational programs and the preservation of the site.

Dine with Design Partners
The Glass House announces its premiere sponsors for Dine with Design including Sotheby’s; Sperry Tents; The Food Film Festival; Marcia Selden Catering; Le Creuset; Design Within Reach and Morgenthal Frederics. Media partners include Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine; CTBites; Serendipity and WNPR. Faith Middleton will serve as Honorary Chair of the event committee.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately-funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places to enrich our future. www.PreservationNation.org

The Glass House, a National Trust Historic Site, offers its 49-acre campus as a catalyst for the preservation and interpretation of modern architecture, landscape, and art; and as well as a canvas for inspiration, experimentation and cultivation honoring the legacy of Philip Johnson (1906 – 2005) and his partner, David Whitney (1939 – 2005). www.philipjohnsonglasshouse.org

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