Chef Chris Harkness to Design Unique and Sustainable Wedding Feast at this Quintessential New York Wedding Destination
New York – July 7, 2009 – Leigh and Nick — the former Olympic hopefuls who recently captured the hearts of viewers during the 10th annual TODAY Throws a Wedding series, will celebrate their nuptials with a live wedding to be broadcast from the legendary Grand Ballroom at the Plaza Hotel on the Today Show July 15 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 (EST).

The lucky couple’s once-in-a-lifetime event will culminate in an unforgettable reception with a menu created by Plaza Grand Ballroom Executive Chef Chris Harkness. Created exclusively for The Today Show wedding, Chef Harkness’ sumptuous menu will feature selections from the Ballroom’s famed 100-mile menu using the freshest ingredients sourced within 100 miles of the Plaza. This menu includes:
-Katchkie Farm Tomato Terrine
-Fresh Picked Mezze Salad and Peekytoe Crab Vinaigrette

-Local Roasted Monkfish over Sweet Pea Risotto Sautéed Katchkie Farm Swiss Chard, Tomato Jam
-Herb Seared Filet of Beef Tender Gnocchi, Baby Mushrooms, Sautéed Spinach, Cabernet Demi Glaze

-Ricotta Torte with Toasted Almonds and Blueberries

Says Chef Harkness: “Each ingredient is written with emotion, each menu item is a child being released into the world to be judged. Millions of viewers will watch the winning couple realize their fantasy wedding in the landmarked ballroom. Creating the 100 Mile Menu has been a tremendous thrill. I’m honored to serve it at the Today Show Wedding.”

Chef Chris Harkness has the impeccable sense of how great food enlivens a gathering, and as Executive Chef at renowned caterer Great Performances he ensures every mouthful is momentous. Invited to be guest chef at the James Beard House, Chris presented a “Farm to Table” menu to a wildly appreciative audience, and he has been featured in Brides Magazine as well as Quest. For Great Performances, Chris leads an 85-person culinary team in the stylish preparation of an international menu repertoire that is always in tune with New York’s changing trends.

The 100 Mile Menu is a new culinary movement that marries seasonal fare with elegant style. The bridal market’s shift toward an interest in sustainable, green weddings inspires catering that is seasonal, local, and always delicious. With fresh, organic ingredients served within 36 hours of their harvest, the 100 Mile Menu is the synthesis of robust flavor and modern dining.

The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom has hosted dream weddings for celebrities and discerning people alike for over a century, including members of the Kennedy family, Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas, and Donald Trump and Marla Maples. The Plaza has also hosted many of the city’s most memorable parties – Truman Capote’s Black & White Ball and Sarah Jessica Parker’s 40th birthday bash – and scenes from countless classics were filmed in the ballroom including Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and the recent blockbuster Bride Wars.
About Central Park South Events at The Plaza
CPS Events (www.greatperformances.com/venues/theplaza) is a stand-alone joint venture between Delaware North Companies, one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers, and Great Performances, New York’s most prestigious event management and catering company, founded by Liz Neumark. Together as CPS Events they have leased the Grand Ballroom, Foyer, Centennial Room and 7 meeting rooms at The Plaza for the next 25 years.

At The Plaza, Neumark continues to focus attention on eco-friendly, farm-to-table menus. Much of the Grand Ballroom’s culinary offerings come from Katchkie Farm, Great Performance’s organic farm in upstate New York. This will help ensure that produce from amaranth to watercress will make it to the ballroom’s tables within 36 hours of being harvested. Both companies are committed to creating menus that reflect the ballroom’s status as well as their dedication to sustainable food practices.

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 50,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.


Cate Evans cevans@hwpr.com
Harriet Weintraub hweintraub@hwpr.com
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