Schmaltz roasted country chicken and a taste of Broadway: Eating Their Words announces menu for 'Tocqueville Event'

NEW YORK, NY September 29, 2009 -- Eating Their Words, which weds New York's most innovative chefs with the voices of great American playwrights for unprecedented culinary and theatrical events, announces the exquisite menu for its upcoming Tocqueville Event at Tocqueville Restaurant, Monday October 19th, 7PM. Reinventing "dinner theater" as an artistic collaboration between chef and playwrights, the diner experiences three short plays happening at the table next to them, voyeuristically overhearing a conversation (the short play) taking place over meal. In between each short play, the diners enjoy the sumptuous course inspired by the play they just watched.   For The Tocqueville Event, Tocqueville's Executive Chef and owner, Marco Moreira, joins forces with playwrights Theresa Rebeck (Pulitzer finalist for Mauritius, The Understudy), Jonathan Marc Sherman (Things We Want), and Sam Forman (The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall). Under the theme "A Taste of Eating Their Words", Chef Moreira has created this original menu inspired by the evening's new plays:

Inspired by Jonathan Marc Sherman's Appetizer:

Toqueville Pressed Hudson Valley Duck Foie Gras
Quinced Chutney and Toasted Brioche

Homemade Gnocchi
Wilted Arugula, Parmesan and Brown Butter

Inspired by Sam Forman's A Profile in the Sunday Styles Section of the New York Times (World Premiere):

Schmaltz Roasted Country Chicken, Chicken Liver with Double Smoked Bacon, Roulade of Chicken Leg
Glazed Baby Carrots, Pearl Onions, Whipped Potato Mousseline

Braised Shortrib and Roasted Aged Sirloin of Beef
Smoked Pureed Potatoes and Glazed Root Vegetables

Inspired by Theresa Rebeck's Birth Day:

Bittersweet Chocolate Tort
Fleur de Sel and White Chocolate Ice Cream

Costa Rican Pineapple Soup
Tropical Fruit, Coconut Lime Sorbet

Caramelized Apple Tart
Calvados Ice Cream, Caramel Sauce

Crème Fraiche Panna Cotta
Greenmarket Berries

The evening's performance features Tony nominee Isabel Keating (The Boy from Oz), Christopher Evan Welch (Festen, Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Austin Lysy (An American Plan), and Aya Cash (From Up Here, the upcoming Killers and Other Family).  Founder and Artistic Director, Marlo Hunter, directs.

Tickets for the October 19th event are now available for secure purchase through the Eating Their Words website at, and are priced as follows: $149.00 for the three courses and performance, $195.00 with a wine pairing, and the $250 VIP package which includes premium seating with a playwright or actor, a tour of the kitchen and a signed program. All tickets include tax and gratuity. Tocqueville is located at 1 E. 15th Street.

Eating Their Words and Tocqueville are a perfect match. In the true spirit of Tocqueville Restaurant, this exciting evening will continue Tocqueville's long tradition of supporting culture, the arts, and feeding its loyal customers tasteful modern cuisine.

Tocqueville, now entering its tenth year as an industry standard-setter for its warm and efficient service, creative and vibrant kitchen, and connection to the Union Square Greenmarket, is a labor of love for husband and wife team Chef Marco Moreira and Jo-Ann Makovitzky. The Brazilian-born chef first earned acclaim as one of the most talented sushi chefs in New York City before working in some of its finest kitchens and ultimately founding Marco Polo Caterers and Tocqueville with wife and business partner, Jo-Ann Makovitzky. At Tocqueville, Chef Moreira's highly-lauded French-American cuisine is a product of his philosophy that enhancing ingredients' natural flavors will inspire innovative dishes.

New York-based director, Marlo Hunter, launched Eating Their Words in March of 2008 at The Tasting Room with Chef Colin Alevras, with subsequent events at the iconic Peacock Alley in the Waldorf =Astoria with Chef Cedric Tovar, Country with Chef Willis Loughhead, Tailor with Chef Sam Mason and Mixologist Eben Freeman, and a joint event with the Striking Viking Story Pirates and Chef David Bouley at Bouley restaurant. The company has commissioned and produced World Premiere plays by playwrights Neil LaBute (reasons to be pretty), Theresa Rebeck (Mauritius), Brooke Berman (A Perfect Couple), Beau Willimon (Farragut North), and Annie Baker (Body Awareness) among many others. This phenomenal work was performed by Tony Award winning actors, and renowned Broadway, film and television artists.  The company produces these unique events at restaurants of note around Manhattan.