12, 7:00 P.M.
Members $85, guests $110
be a count or a king to enjoy Equus Restaurant at The Castle at
Tarrytown Both are yours for the visiting this Westchester landmark.
And thankfully you won't dine on four and twenty blackbirds baked
in a pie orheaven forfendgnaw on roasted joints of beef.
Not by a long (bow and arrow) shot. Chef Fabrizio Salerni serves
Castle guests cuisine that is rooted in classical French tradition,
but influenced by the excellent products of the Hudson River Valley.
"Among entrées, huge juicy sea scallops impaled on a
twig of licorice, tender pork in a walnut crust, and duck with fragrant
sticky rice were outstanding," M. H. Reed wrote in The New
York Times. Gail Rudder Kent of Country Inns magazine
proclaimed Salerni's cooking "exquisite." Salerni studied
cooking in his native Belgium, but it was as a young cook in America
that he earned his toque. He worked in some of New York's top French
kitchens, including La Caravelle, Le Chantilly, and Maxim's, before
landing a sous-chef position at Lespinasse under the tutelage of
Gray Kunz. He was eventually promoted to chef de cuisine, but left
to take over as executive chef of The Park restaurant. In 1998 Salerni
became king, er, chef, of the Castle.
who will be joining Salerni at his Beard House dinner, is a member
of what can fairly be called America's royal family of pastry chefs:
his cousin is Jacques Torres, formerly the renowned pastry chef
of Le Cirque. In addition to working with his cousin, Torres has
created mouth-watering sweets at New York's Le Périgord and
for the royal family of Bahrain at the Sheraton Hotel in Manama.
A kingly repast
requires wines to match. Thus, Stephane Colling will accompany the
Castle team to the Beard House. Colling's résumé is
littered with Michelin stars. The French native worked in some of
Europe's top dining rooms, including Au Crocodile in Strasbourg,
France, and The Waterside Inn in Bray, England, before heading to
the Hudson Valley, where he oversees the award-winning wine cellar
at the Castle.
for the royal treatment.