Two of the most effective dinners I’ve had just lately weren’t in eating places. One befell at an artwork gallery in New York’s fashionable Chelsea space; the opposite in a stunning condominium in Bronxville, New York.
The primary, for forty-two individuals seated round one lengthy desk, was served and eaten in complete silence. Created by chef and caterer Jay Astafa on behalf of the New York Zen Middle for Contemplative Care, it was a ten-course examine in mindfulness. The second dinner, no much less thought-provoking, featured six-courses with spot-on wine pairings, orchestrated by CIA pupil George Musho. Each menus have been ready with poetic sophistication that belied the ages of their cooks. Jay is 23 and George is 20, and each began cooking of their early teenagers.