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Celeb Chefs Cooking at Eno Terra

February 21, 2011

By Pat Tanner

By now, New Jersey’s most serious and dedicated restaurant patrons know that Christopher Albrecht, executive chef at Eno Terra in Kingston (just outside of Princeton), is an alumnus of Tom Colicchio’s famed Craft restaurant empire. But what they may not know is that before that, he worked side-by-side under Colicchio at Danny Meyer’s award-winning Gramercy Tavern. The seeds of professionalism, hospitality, and friendship planted during that time will blossom into an all-star event in our neck of the woods on March 6, at Eno Terra.

That night, a benefit dinner for the Kingston-based Parkinson Alliance, which funds research for Parkinson’s disease, will reunite Albrecht with two of his Gramercy Tavern colleagues who have also become acclaimed chefs. They are: Jonathan Benno, now at the helm of the new Lincoln restaurant at Lincoln Center—and who was previously at Per Se—and Claudia Fleming, named James Beard Pastry Chef of the Year in 2000, who now owns and operates North Fork Table and Inn in Southold, NY with her husband, Gerry Hayden.

The event is being hosted by restaurateurs Carlo and Raoul Momo, who are donating their restaurant and all the food, and who arranged for wines to be donated. The brothers are proud that 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Parkinson’s research, since that is the mandate of the Parkinson Alliance, and is made possible by another Kingston-based organization, The Tuchman Foundation.

That Sunday, March 6, the three chefs will cook up a farm-to-table dinner in the Eno Terra kitchen, kicking things off with a VIP reception at 3 p.m., segueing into cocktails at 4:30, and finishing with a five-course dinner, with wine pairings, starting at 5. The chefs will circulate throughout all.

Eno Terra’s Evening to Benefit the Parkinson Alliance will be held on Sunday, March 6, at Eno Terra Restaurant, 4484 Route 27, Kingston. Cost (including tax and gratuity) for dinner and cocktails is $200, of which $120 is tax deductible and goes directly to research on Parkinson’s. All-inclusive cost for the VIP reception, cocktails, and dinner is $350. For reservations, phone the Parkinson Alliance at 609.688.0870, or Eno Terra at 609.497.1777.

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