It began with a little drama...
The long walkway toward the restaurant's entrance allowed us to build anticipation for what was to come. Guests followed a blue walkway dramatically lighted by Images by Lighting. As guests got nearer to the end they saw that the carpet was in fact the train of a blue dress worn by a beautiful model from Champagne Creative. When done in red, this effect is a great red carpet treatment.
Accordionist Ron Borelli set the mood.
Inside, guests were greeted by a French host, Vernon the Entertainer, who designed this moving table filled with glasses of champagne.
The restaurant is a perfect French bistro, warm and inviting. We custom built a charcuterie platter and buffet that became the center of the main dining room. To the right of it we built a platform stage.
The stage highlighted jazz harpist Lori Andrews.
The entire dining experience was interactive. Here is the fresh seafood buffet with lots of oysters, mussels and great shrimp.
One of the most popular buffets -- charcuterie -- was hosted by another fun character.
All the bars and buffets were custom built to fit into the space and look as though they were always there.
Buffets were set up through the enormous kitchen space. The chefs were manning the line and cooking dishes to order as well as directly replenishing buffets.
All the pastry is made on site as well and the pastry chefs created beautiful displays.
The main buffet in the kitchen. It took a lot of coordination and planning by the team at Bouchon to make it such a unique and world-class experience. It was worth it. Letting the event gravitate toward the kitchen gave the event the feeling we wanted -- that of both a homey, intimate experience and a behind-the-scenes look at a well-known chef's restaurant.
A food lover's experience in the kitchen of Thomas Keller!
Guests watched as artist Ann Rea created a line drawing of Thomas Keller's cookbook. Then they could take part by painting it in. A lucky guest was awarded the painting at the end. However, everyone received a cookbook, and of course, they all left with a delicious memory to take home!