Serving a Six-Course Meal on the L Train in 22 Minutes

by Emily on May 4, 2011 · 2 comments

in Food,Midnight Brunch

That's what my friends from the supper club A Razor, A Shiny Knife did on Sunday morning. The antics landed them in the Dining Section of today's New York Times (link). Update: You can also check out a video on a post from the team here. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="373" caption="Lunch is served."]Lunch is served. [/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Foie gras en brioche, with homemade jam."]Foie gras en brioche, with homemade jam. [/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="373" caption="Hold steady now."]Hold steady now.[/caption] Diners had bespoke dining tables suspended from the handlebars. The teams served fluke crudo crowned with delicate microgreens, foie gras, ramp soup, filet mignon, a cheese course and then panna cotta with raspberry coulis for dessert. All of these courses were served to 12 diners, with fresh plates and silverware provided for each course. Each course was served by a different team who boarded at a different stop. As their course finished, the team cleared the dishes and took everything with them before the next course's arrival. The most impressive team was that of Mike Lee of Studiofeast and his crew, who served the filet mignon course with military precision. Michael Cirino (one of A Razor, A Shiny Knife's founders) asked me to tag along Sunday with him, cofounder Daniel Castano and Jonny Cigar of The Noble Rot (who came up with the L train idea, and served as an MC). I've known these guys for years (check out my photos of our other wild times) and I've spent a lot of time watching and learning from what they do. They were a major inspiration behind my launch of Midnight Brunch. Even knowing how crazy they are, even I am impressed they pulled this one off. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Plating dessert."]Plating dessert.[/caption]

When I asked Mike how he felt afterwards, he said, "I feel big." It reminded me of the song "Hey Mr. Carter," when Lil' Wayne says:

"I feel big, you know what I mean Like not, not big in the sense of weight You know what I mean like gaining weight Or nothin' like that, like colossal"

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="483" caption="Success!"]Success![/caption] Congrats to the whole team that worked to execute this amazing meal. More Links: Read A Razor, A Shiny Knife's post on the event View my other photos from our Sunday morning adventure My post on the awesome supper clubs of NYC Song of the Day: Hey Mr. Carter ***

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  • Laurahuben

    your song of the day made my day.

    • emilyspearl

      It works!! It sums up how I felt, at least, when the teams made it through
      victorious. Nice work, L. xo

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