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Go back to the enewsletter Rech by Alain Ducasse

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterRech by Alain Ducasse is welcoming guest chef Kei Kojima, the acclaimed chef de cuisine at the two-Michelin star Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo (located on top of the Chanel Building) for Gala Seafood Dinners on 5-7 June 2018.Experience guest chef Kei Kojima’s refined French cuisine with Japanese influences, over a specially created five-course Gala Seafood Menu with top quality Japanese & French produce (HK$1688 plus 10% service per person).During his first Hong Kong visit, chef Kei is using the freshest seafood, imported from all parts of Japan, as well as France, combined with his French culinary mastery to create a unique dining experience.The Gala Seafood Menu includes:Delicate tomato royale, shellfishGrilled Japanese aoriika, seasonal vegetables and fruit, shaved black trufflePan-seared red mullet from Japan, girolles and green asparagus, mushroom reductionPoached blue lobster from France, quick-sautéed cabbageChocolate/matcha tea tartlet, cocoa nib crispAs per chef Kei Kojima, “The menu is all about freshness, immediacy and the genuine taste of the produce of the season. To mark the beginning of summer, my dishes are fresh, light and simple, while infused with my interpretation of nature.”The Amuse Bouche is an homage to Rech and its famous seafood platter, reinterpreted with the tomato, a star product in summer.Chef Kei has chosen grilled Japanese aoriika, as this is the perfect season for this ingredient. Its meat is soft, thick and a bit sweet. He lightly cooks this; there is no need for more. He is using colourful and attractive plating for this dish with zucchini, eggplant, tomato, and “confit” peach.Both the Japanese red mullet and French blue lobster are the most noble products of the sea. As such, the vegetables, condiments and jus do not need to show off. Chef Kei is just exalting the original flavour with his skilled cooking techniques, and dishes all prepared ‘à la minute’.The Japanese inspired dessert is made with matcha tea, exclusively paired with chocolate from the Alain Ducasse factory in Paris. It perfectly embodies the philosophy of Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo cuisine.Click here for the Gala Seafood Dinner Menu.About Kei KojimaAfter beginning his career as a cook at the age of 18, Kei Kojima subsequently moved to France in 1988 and trained under internationally acclaimed chefs Michel Guérard, Alain Chapel and Pierre Gagnaire.Chef Kei then worked together with Alain Ducasse and his right-hand man Franck Cerutti for more than 10 years at the three-Michelin star Le Louis XV Alain Ducasse in Monaco, where he served as Sous-Chef for three years.Returning to Japan following 20 years of mastering French culinary techniques and experience at the most famous French restaurants, Kei became the executive chef at Alain Ducasse’s Bistrot Benoit in 2008.Since April 2010, he has been the executive chef of Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo, which is located on the top floor of the CHANEL building in Tokyo.About Rech by Alain DucasseThe one-Michelin star Rech by Alain Ducasse offers an authentically French seafood experience, showcasing the best seasonal fish, shellfish and oysters with the chef’s personal interpretation and contemporary French cuisine and stunning harbour views.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

NEA and NEH Endangered Again

first_imgShare56TweetShare6Email62 SharesMarch 15, 2017; New York TimesAmong its $54 billion in domestic spending reductions, the president’s proposed draft budget blueprint eliminates funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. How important are these to the big picture?The two endowments have existed since 1965; President Lyndon B. Johnson signed them into law in the belief that an “advanced civilization” should value arts and culture. The $300 million spent in total on their annual budgets could be considered a “rounding error” for their tiny portion of the federal spending, but they have had an impact on artists of all genres for over 50 years.Jane Chu, the chair of the Arts endowment, requested that her staff continue their normal routine as Congress takes up its part of the budget’s creation. William D. Adams, chairman of the Humanities endowment, released a statement that said, “We are greatly saddened to learn of this proposal for elimination, as NEH has made significant contributions to the public good.” He pointedly mentioned the endowment’s support in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell home state of Kentucky and for “theater work by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”As we know, arts and humanities organizations are overwhelmingly nonprofits. Since fundraising is a priority, arts advocates as well as board members of cultural nonprofits have raised the question, “What does this do to the individual perspective, the individual donor, and the corporate donor? Will the arts slide farther down the list of priorities in a community?” As Sopan Deb wrote for the New York Times:Some advocates for the arts endowment, which doles out far less money as a percentage than many other governments around the world, have said that its importance is less about the money and more about the message that it sends about the importance of culture in the United States.In a timely report, the University of Pennsylvania, the president’s alma mater, has issued a study on the social impact of culture that provides a counterpoint to the argument that the arts do not count. “Culture and Social Wellbeing in New York City” used all the boroughs of the city to gather data on the impact of culture in communities. The report found:In lower-income neighborhoods, cultural resources are “significantly” linked to better health, schooling, and security. The research, which was controlled for economic wellbeing, race, and ethnicity, found the presence of cultural resources is associated with:A 14 percent decrease in cases of child abuse and neglectA 5 percent decrease in obesityAn 18 percent increase in kids scoring in the top stratum on English and math examsAn 18 percent decrease in the serious crime rateThe study made use of over 50 nonprofit organizations, which provided data along with qualitative interviews on direct experience in their individual communities. As reported by A.M. New York, some of the funding for the study came from the New York Community Trust.“This research confirms and builds on what we’ve seen about the power of art to shape communities and improve lives,” said Kerry McCarthy, director of thriving communities at the Trust. “Our grantmaking boosts the arts in neighborhoods that need it most, so we are thrilled to use the findings to hone this strategy.”Tom Finkelpearl is New York City’s Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, overseeing a budget the same size as the federal arts endowment. He knows the pressure of fundraising for the arts; prior to the appointment, he spent a dozen years with the Queens Museum of Art on the former grounds of the 1964 World’s Fair.From personal experiences with works of art, to regional economic development—no matter how you look at it, art and culture have a transformative effect on our communities. […] Now, SIAP’s groundbreaking report brings us a greater understanding of how these benefits play out on a neighborhood level. This remarkable research makes it clearer than ever: Access to culture is a defining feature of a healthy community. As we continue to develop the CreateNYC cultural plan, we will use these findings to better appreciate and advocate for the role that art and culture play across all five boroughs.Before Congress decides to cut funding to the arts and humanities, they should be made aware of the interrelations between arts and education, safety, and the economy. This report should be required reading, and perhaps the administration and Congress would benefit from a bipartisan board retreat. Nonprofits know the value of bringing their boards together for a whole day to get to know each other, strategize for the best direction for their organizations, and plan to obtain the tools to achieve their goals. Congress could have their retreat in the Smithsonian, an excellent arts and culture organization just down the street.—Marian ConwayShare56TweetShare6Email62 Shareslast_img read more