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American Express Global Dining Collective chef Daniel Boulud has long been known for his inventive French dishes, but it seems the pandemic has spurred a new sense of creativity when it comes to hospitality. The Michelin-starred chef turned his famed NYC restaurant into a COVID-safe South of France oasis, and now he’s connecting with foodies by hosting a series of virtual cooking classes.
Starting this week, Boulud will host a weekly online class that teaches one recipe. The first class was steak tartare, while upcoming ones include a Poulet Basquaise (January 21), Trout Grenobloise (January 28), and Salad Lyonnaise (February 4). More classes will take place beyond the initial four, with the menu items being announced later.
There are several tiers of admission offering a variety of perks. You’ll get a shopping list, prep notes, the recipe, suggested wine pairings, and access to the Zoom for general admission. Premium admission includes the ingredients for two at a local pickup point. VIP admission adds a hand-picked wine pairing from a Boulud’s sommelier and a dessert from the pastry team. Prices run from $60 for the general admission ticket to $215 for the VIP offering.
Each session starts at 6 pm EST and runs for roughly an hour, making it perfect timing for dinner. Participants also get the chance to ask Boulud questions at the end.
“With much of the country and New York City still inside, I wanted a way to connect people and bring my favorite French classics to life from the comfort of folks’ homes,” Boulud told Departures in a statement. “The cooking classes are not only a great way to foster community but also to make delicious food and learn some techniques along the way.”
What’s more, is he’s using the opportunity to support a local charity. A portion of sales from the classes will be donated to Citymeals on Wheels, where Boulud serves as the Board’s Co-President.
"I look forward to hosting these virtual cooking classes and teaching some of my favorite French classics like Steak Tartare, Poulet Basquaise, and more," Boulud told Departures. "So many are still at home, and it's a great way to engage our friends and supporters all over the country who have not been able to get to New York City. It’s a fun opportunity to learn new techniques and enjoy delicious food too while also raising funds for the important work of Citymeals on Wheels. The classes will keep me in touch with our wonderful guests and our staff active.”