There’s never been a restaurant like Balthazar.

Glamourous, individual, atmospheric, it’s a New York City institution. Keith McNally gave writer Reggie Nadelson unprecedented access to his legendary Soho brasserie, its staff, the archives and the kitchens — and she celebrates its 20-year history with a mouthwatering new book, At Balthazar. Executive chef Shane McBride and General Manager Erin Wendt join her to share the stories of this remarkable place and what it takes to run a great restaurant year after year.

Includes a tasting sample from Balthazar’s bakery.

Reggie Nadelson will sign copies of At Balthazar following the event.

This event is part of our Kitchen Arts & Letters series. In partnership with the esteemed culinary bookstore, we present talks, demos and tastings with leading cookbook authors, chefs, food historians and farmers. See the complete line-up here.

Brief Bios

Reggie Nadelson is a journalist whose articles and columns have appeared in The Guardian, Departures, Vogue, Financial Times, Travel and Leisure and many others.  Her acclaimed Artie Cohen mystery novels have been translated into a dozen languages. Tom Hanks bought the rights to her nonfiction Comrade Rockstar for a feature film. Herman Leonard, the great jazz photographer, asked her to write the text for the definitive book of his pictures, entitled Jazz. She has cooked with chefs like Heston Blumenthal, Ruthie Rogers and Charles, the great fried chicken man in Harlem. She has covered politics, films, and books, and is currently working on a film about Ella Fitzgerald. She was born, grew up, and lives in downtown Manhattan, where she still goes to breakfast at Balthazar nearly every day.

Shane McBride grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida where, at age 18, he secured his first job in a professional kitchen at Narcissus and worked his way up from garde manger to sous chef. He has worked in the kitchens of some of the most prestigious restaurant kitchens in the country, including Aureole with Chef Charlie Palmer, Lespinasse with Chef Christian Delouvrier and Craftsteak (later Colicchio & Sons) with chef/owner Tom Colicchio. In 2010, Shane joined Balthazar as Chef de Cuisine, bringing with him a solid background of fine French cuisine and a drive to bring the finest local ingredients. Shane is currently Executive Chef at Balthazar and Schiller’s, and co-Executive Chef at Cherche Midi.

Erin Wendt was born and raised in New Orleans, where she inherited her love of food from her great grand parents whose first restaurant opened in the 1920’s. She has worked for restaurateurs Sean McPherson in Los Angeles and Bruce Carey in Portland, Oregon. Erin began working for Balthazar Bakery in 1997 and is currently General Manager of Balthazar Restaurant and a Director of Operations for the Keith McNally group. The mother of four children, she lives with her trophy wife in bucolic suburban New Jersey.

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  • Celebrating Twenty Years of Balthazar: Running a Great Restaurant

    Date: Thu, May 4, 2017, 7 pm

    Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

    Venue: Classroom

    Price: from $29.00

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