Sep 22, 2013

Daniel Humm and Will Guidara of New York's Eleven Madison Park in town September 30

Will Guidara (left) and Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park
by Alexandra Forbes

I know it's a very bad idea to think of restaurants in terms of rankings, to compare them mentally, assigning marks. But at the same time, it's hard not to.

I'm constantly thinking about the restaurants that seem to demand another visit, that leave me feeling giddy and emotional at the end of dinner. They are no more than five or six: Faviken in Sweden; 41 Grados in Barcelona; Pujol in Mexico City, Etxebarri in the Basque country, El Celler de Can Roca in Girona.

Eleven Madison Park is another one of these places. My favourite in North America and truly one of the greatest I've ever been to.

Pure magic, starting with the beautiful ballet of the servers, never pompous but never overly casual, always on their toes and ever-so-courteous.

So it's exciting to hear that the co-owners of EMP - front-of-house master Will Guidara and chef Daniel Humm - will be in town next week, on Monday, September 30.

They'll be here for one night only (one of the many reasons why EMP is so damn good is that they are always there, running the show).

It'll be an early evening of food, drink and book-signing (I Love New York: Ingredients and Recipes).

I was lucky enough to receive the book at home, as a gift, and have to say it's a beauty, a true love letter to New York.

Montreal chefs Michelle Marek, Seth Gabrielse and Patrice Demers (the latter this city's most famous pâtissier) will prepare hors d'oeuvres, and drinks will be served. The EMP duo will give a short talk.

Tickets are on sale here.

The event will take place at the FoodLab, 1201 Boul. Saint-Laurent, 5-9 PM

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