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May 17, 2012

Dine with Design at the Philip Johnson Glass House

By Jordan Kisner | Events

Dine with Design at the Philip Johnson Glass House
Tom McWilliam

As we’ve mentioned before, the Philip Johnson Glass House, located in New Canaan, Connecticut, is one of those destinations just outside of New York that are truly worth the drive—and never more so than during Dine with Design, its annual epicurean festival. This year, on June 9, Dine with Design will host the Food Film Festival in its first appearance outside of New York and Chicago. The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and then progress to an eight-course tasting menu in film form, starting with The Perfect Oyster, a short documentary about northwest Canadian oysterman Brent Petkau. As the films progress from appetizers to dessert, the audience will sample a course featuring the foods on screen. Expect local Fanny Bay oysters during the first screening, for example, or flavors featured in the film about Bruce Becker and his Max and Mina’s ice cream shop in Flushing, Queens, which makes more than 4,000 varieties (including grass and Pinot Noir).

As an added treat, the Glass House compound will open earlier in the day to a limited number of guests for a Modern Picnic, featuring local delicacies prepared by six star chefs, including Missy Robbins (A Voce Madison and Columbus) and Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon), who won last year’s James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef of the Year Award. Picnic guests will have the opportunity to chat with the chefs and local food artisans and wander freely through the grounds’ historic buildings—a feast for the eyes as well as the appetite. 199 Elm St.; June 9; Food Film Festival, $100 per person; Modern Picnic, $250 per person; combined VIP tickets, $300; philipjohnsonglasshouse.org.