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2012 June 1

Tank-ed, Thanks to Cartier

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Mickey Boardman and Hanneli Mustaparta Mickey Boardman and Hanneli Mustaparta
Julie Skarratt
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(NEW YORK) Cartier brought in the big guns on the Brit chef scene in NYC for its Anglo-themed dinner soiree in honor of its latest update on the iconic Tank watch. April Bloomfield concocted a four-course feast for the likes of Poppy Delevigne, Swedish blogette Elin Kling, Paper's Mickey Boardman, Kelly Framel aka The Glamourai, Hanneli Mustaparta, and a cadre of editors and blogeristas. Dining upon a table carpeted in roses, cases of the Tank Anglaise and a slew of vintage Tank timepieces glittered in the foreground while one of those parfait summer sunsets dropped in the background from the supper's 21st floor perch of the Chelsea Art Center's Glass House.

Cocktail time was about ogling the Tank timepieces of tomorrow, getting a crash course in the iconic watch's history, and taking a stroll on the terrace for completely unobstructed southwest-facing sunset views over the Hudson (can we pitch a tent out there, please?), and nibbling Bloomfield's savory beignets. Once seated, at tables labeled, thematically, as either New York or London, Cartier North America president and CEO Emannuel Perrin made a few welcoming remarks (including a lighthearted jab at the British, in light of the chef du evening).

Then, the main star(s) emerged: that quartet of delightful courses! Pate en croute crafted from game bird prefaced a light pine nut consume filled with vegetables and shavings of smoked ricotta; then, it was onto dry-aged beef rib, with a vegetable and breadcrumb-stuffed shell of lumaconi pasta sidled up to the succulent cut. Bloomfield ducked out of the kitchen for a cameo post-entree, and guests were still waxing poetic about the meal (for good reason). For dessert: transcendently creamy buttermilk panna cotta topped with rhubarb-studded strawberry layer. And then, it was time to reenter reality and descend back to street level in the western fringes of Chelsea, one Cartier book heavier, at the very least. 
ALEXANDRA ILYASHOV  




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