Tocqueville to host Broadway performers, award-winning playwrights for Valentine's Day event

NEW YORK, NY December 8, 2009 -- Tocqueville Restaurant will reunite with Eating Their Words, the one-of-a-kind company that blends the performing and culinary arts, for a special Valentine's Day lunch event. Tocqueville and Eating Their Words' October collaboration was a sold-out success. For this intimate holiday 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). The stellar cast features Tony Award nominee Isabel Keating (The Boy from Oz), Christopher Evan Welch (Festen, Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Austin Lysy (An American Plan), and Aya Cash (Killers and Other Family). Founder and Artistic Director, Marlo Hunter, directs. The Sunday, February 14th lunch and performance will begin at 1PM.

Eating Their Words brings together America's most exciting playwrights, the country's most innovative and established chefs, and the finest stage and screen performers for a sophisticated reinvention of "dinner theater". 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. Under the theme "Food and Romance", Chef Moreira will create an original three-course Valentine's Day lunch menu inspired by Sam Forman's World Premiere play, as well as past Eating Their Words' favorites, Birth Day by Theresa Rebeck, and Appetizer by Jonathan Marc Sherman.

All information about Eating Their Words, including press and past events, can be found at

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.

Tickets for the February 14th lunch event are now available for secure purchase through the Eating Their Words website at, and are priced as follows: $195 for the three courses and performance, $245 with a wine pairing, and the $295 VIP package which includes premium seating with a playwright or actor, a tour of the kitchen, a signed souvenir program, and more. All tickets include tax and gratuity. Tocqueville is located at 1 E. 15th Street.