#8+ formal invitation
Alinea co-owner Nick Kokonas has arrive the Clemson Tigers to banquet in Chicago.
The allurement comes afterwards President Donald Trump on Monday served the academy football aggregation a White House banquet of fast aliment burgers in cardboard packaging, pizza in boxes, bloom in artificial clamshells, chips dispensed in tiny presidential cardboard cups with booze packets splayed out on argent confined trays, all of it beneath lit candelabra.
Kokonas wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night, “I could affliction beneath about academy football. But I’m alone agreeable the Clemson Tigers aggregation and coaches to Chicago to acquaintance what an absolute anniversary banquet should be. I’m not joking. Addition let them apperceive what The Alinea Group does. It’ll be annual it.”
Reached Wednesday morning by phone, Kokonas added, “Between the abeyance and the fast aliment amidst candelabras, I aloof anticipation they should get a additional adventitious to accomplishing it the adapted way.”
“There’s annihilation amiss with fast food,” said Kokonas. “I like a burger as abundant as anyone else. At the end of the day, though, I’m action they’ve had that, as football players, a thousand times. I bet they’ve had annihilation absolutely like what we do.”
Earlier in the week, the Burger King Twitter annual trolled a Trump misspelling, writing, “due to a ample adjustment placed yesterday, we’re all out of hamberders. aloof confined hamburgers today.”
What would Kokonas serve and where? The Alinea Group includes internationally acclaimed restaurants Alinea and Next, additional Roister and The Aviary. Kokonas adumbrated the meal would alpha at the added accidental Roister in the Fulton Market neighborhood.
“I don’t anticipate you charge a 20-course, sit-down academic meal for a anniversary for a football team,” said Kokonas. “Some bodies on Twitter were saying, ‘Oh, they’ll be hungry,’ and, ‘It’ll be a aloof meal,’ but no, it should be a celebration.
“What it’s absolutely about is attached aback to commodity adapted for them,” he added. “I brainstorm we’d accept some ancestry South Carolina cooking. I bet we accept some alcohol from the backward 19th aeon that ties to the founding of the university.”
Clemson University, founded in 1889, is amid in Clemson, S.C.
“We apperceive how to do it appropriately for the adapted occasion, like maybe four or bristles bairn pigs broiled properly, and the Roister absurd chicken. Then it would be nice to put them all on a bus and booty them over to Alinea for a brace of signature desserts.”
Alinea’s best acclaimed signature ambrosia was created by chef and co-owner Grant Achatz, who serves it anon on the covered table in advanced of diners, painting with sauces like an comestible modern-art performance.
Kokonas additionally wrote on Twitter that the best Champagne he’d serve would acceptable amount added than the estimated $3,000 spent on the White House fast food.
“We’re not billionaires, but we can acquiesce to do it the adapted way,” said Kokonas. “I’m aggravating to accomplish this as nonpolitical as possible. For me, this isn’t about politics. It’s about commodity we can do to actual commodity I anticipation was aloof wrong. That’s it.”
When asked after for an estimated absolute cost, he replied via text, “Zero to Clemson.” Pressed for a price, he added, “No idea. Private buyouts are about $50k plus.” But really, any estimate? “Priceless.”
At Roister, the accomplished braised, poached and absurd craven is priced at $67. At Alinea, area the night ability end, you can’t aloof adjustment desserts, and the atomic big-ticket table rings up at $205. Add on the abstract Alinea affair bus, so yes, priceless.
His restaurant Next will host a accord starting in August with chef Jose Andres, who’s alms furloughed federal workers and their families chargeless meals. Andres has been awful analytical of Trump.
Kokonas has not yet accustomed a acknowledgment from Clemson to his invitation.
“I accept a lot of bodies who’ve accomplished out from media outlets, as able-bodied as a few of the advisers from the university,” he said. “Some bodies are adage the NCAA would not acquiesce that to happen, because of accommodation rules, and you’re not accustomed to accord ability to players. So I anticipate we’d charge to get NCAA permission to do this.”
The NCAA is the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Celebrities accept abutting in with their own invitations to Clemson, including above National Football League amateur and “Good Morning America” host Michael Strahan, who offered to amusement the players to a lobster dinner.
Kokonas, the restaurateur and tech entrepreneur, added, “I’m aloof cerebration aback to back I was 20 or 21. Going to a new burghal and accepting addition accommodate accurate accommodation is actual base and apperception expanding.”
“They already knew that pizza and McDonald’s and Wendy’s and Burger King existed. They apparently accept never accomplished annihilation like what we could do for them. I aloof anticipation that would be fun.”
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This commodity has been adapted with an account with Nick Kokonas.
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