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August 17, 2011

New York: A French Revolution

By Edina Redwing | Food

Le delicious. Photo courtesy of Le Fooding

Le Fooding, the subversive culinary organization, returns to New York next month to throw a pair of Veuve Clicquot-sponsored food events only the French could dream up.

The first, on September 17, is an epic campfire cookout at a SoHo sculpture garden. In what sounds like a treatment for an MTV-Bravo collaboration, chefs and musicians will partner up to cook a fireside feast. LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and chef Inaki Aizpitarte (of Paris's Le Chateaubriand) will prepare a beef and chive salad; R&B singer Muhsinah will assist Dante Gonzales (of L.A. food truck Dante Fried Chicken) with something called "Sock-It-to-Me Fried Chicken Tofu." DJs, cocktails and roaring fires will keep the party hot.

On September 23, Le Fooding will launch Exquisite Corpse, a 52-hour ultra-marathon meal inspired by the Surrealist art game. Working in four-hour shifts, 13 chefs will cook a menu using equipment and ingredients left by the previous chef. The international roster of culinary gurus includes New York's Andrew Carmellini (Locanda Verde and The Dutch), San Francisco's Corey Lee (Benu), France's Armand Arnal (La Chassagnette) and Italy's Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana).

Tickets for the revolutionary Campfire Session ($50) and Exquisite Corpse ($100) are expected to sell out as soon as they hit the web on September 1, but here's a tip: Secret links to purchase pre-sale tickets already exist out in the ether. It's up to you to find them. legrandfooding.com.

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