Food

Alinea and Eleven Madison Park confirm will swap places

August 30, 2012

The big move, from New York to Chicago, in this picture taken off video. — Courtesy of Alinea and Eleven Madison ParkThe big move, from New York to Chicago, in this picture taken off video. — Courtesy of Alinea and Eleven Madison ParkCHICAGO, Aug 30 — After sparking a whole lot of speculation and online chatter with a cryptic YouTube video, two of the most exclusive dining addresses in the US have confirmed that they will be swapping places this fall in a unique, Michelin-starred collaboration.

A Chicago-Tribune story this week confirmed that staff from New York’s Eleven Madison Park and Alinea in Chicago will swap kitchens this fall — a move the paper calls the “culinary equivalent of the New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra trading concert halls for one-week residences”.

Indeed, the collaboration could be construed as a remarkable one, given that the project will entail flying dozens of staffers into each other’s cities and training the home teams to replicate Alinea in New York, for instance, and the Eleven Madison Park experience in Chicago.

The two restaurants are just two of 10 eateries in the US to boast all three Michelin stars. They are also listed as two of the top 10 restaurants in the world, according to Restaurant magazine.

But partaking of this unique pop-up concept isn’t for frugal gourmets. Tickets for a seat at the dinner table are US$495 (RM1,543) in both restaurants, not including tax and tip.

Eleven Madison Park will temporarily be turned into Alinea beginning September 26 for five consecutive nights, while the Chicago restaurant will host Eleven Madison Park starting October 10. Tickets will go on sale via their Facebook page.

Last Friday, Alinea set the foodie world abuzz after posting a mysterious video entitled “21st Century Ltd”, in reference to a luxury passenger train that ran between New York and Chicago in the first half of the 20th century.

The video showed staff from the two restaurants packing up their respective kitchens and heading for each other’s cities.

Watch the video below. — AFP/Relaxnews