You don’t have to wait till January to “Eat, Drink, and Be Literary” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s upcoming season of literary dinners. Starting tonight, Manhattan’s Amali Restaurant is offering a unique pop-up style dinner series inspired by the food, design, and spirit of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, helmed by Executive Chef Nilton Borges, Jr.
Inspired by scenes from the classic holiday tale, the menu Borges created takes welcome culinary liberties with the Past, Present, and Future structure of Dickens’ story including an imagining of Bob Cratchit’s “hot mixture in a jug,” the “great, round, pot bellied baskets of chestnuts,” and tasty plum rocks iced via liquid nitrogen. If you’re lucky, Chef Borges, affectionately known as “Junior”, will offer amuses bouches reflective of his own Brazilian Christmas traditions.
The fireplace Chef’s Studio has been transformed for the series. Co-owner James Mallios consulted with designer Christopher Hyland whose holiday décor has been profiled in the New York Times, Town & Country and Elle Décor to garnish the room with evergreen garlands. Antique furnishings contemporary to the period were provided by Prop Rentals NY.
Each dinner will be marked by a Victorian era glass lantern hanging outside the restaurant and guests will be escorted to the Dickens Dinner via a separate entrance in the Manhattan townhouse located at 115 East 60th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues. Reservations are required. Call 212-339-8363 or visit www.Amalinyc.com; reservations are limited to two seatings a day (one in the afternoon and one in the evening.)
The series will run from December 6 (tonight) through January 6, 2013. (December 6th is the traditional feast day of St. Nicholas and (according to Victorian tradition) January 6th is also known as the twelfth or final day of the Christmas celebration.
Price: $95 Adults, $40 Tiny Tims (under twelve). Does not include tax, most beverage or gratuity.