Le Grand Fooding 2010: Reserve Tickets Now!

If the only thing you remember from Adam Gopnik’s five-years-too-late New Yorker piece on French food collective Le Fooding is that the father of two has a thing for nubile Parisians, you’re not alone. For this, you can’t entirely blame him: it’s with a modicum of disappointment that I report no sacred cows will be slaughtered, as at least one female representative of Le Fooding, Constance Jouven, is indeed beguiling. We met last week for a glass of wine at Epistrophy—heavy on the accents, a whiff of Gallic disregard for service—to discuss Le Fooding’s next event, Le Grand Fooding 2010, New York vs. San Francisco.

Like last year, the two day fete d’food will take place at MoMA PS1 on September 24th and 25th. When not reenacting a gastro version of May 1968 and forswearing the conservative, Michelin-dominated status quo of the French culinary establishment, Le Fooding is pitting the very best New York chefs against the West Coast’s avant garde: see David Chang throw down against Daniel Paterson, James Barber come to foodie fisticuffs with James Syhabout. Hear Brooklyn’s Grizzly Bear DJ! Have an opinion about water! (E.g., Pellegrino vs Acqua Panna; Bloomberg’s finest is the uncontested H20 heavyweight if you ask me.) For an actually pretty reasonable $50, you can attend the cloyingly-called Le Grand Yummy and receive a flute of Veuve Clicquot, a glass of Rhone wine, a “Belvedere experience,” and a whole lot of delicious food, like “Beef cooked in beef fat, anchovy crostone, parsley and fried garlic” prepared by Pulino’s Nate Appleman. Tickets don’t officially go on sale till next month, but BlackBook readers can reserve here right now.

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