IW: What’s the process for choosing the chefs for each event? What can guests expect from each culinary experience?
R: At Resident, we host intimate dining experiences in luxury spaces across New York City, featuring chefs from the world’s best restaurants - including Le Bernardin, Per Se, Atomix, Noma, Momofuku Ko, and so many more. We essentially provide our chefs with a platform to explore their creative sides in a way their day jobs may not allow. For example, we have three chefs who worked at Eleven Madison Park, and one cooks Taiwanese cuisine for his Resident dinners, one Contemporary Indian, and the other Coastal New England fare. Each Resident event is a totally singular experience, featuring bites and delights you can’t get anywhere else.
IW: What would you say is the focal point of a Resident event—the menu or the atmosphere? Why?
R: Both! We always remind our team that guests eat with their eyes before tasting anything on the plate: it’s critical to have a beautiful, inviting atmosphere if you want guests to have a memorable meal. Dining is one of the few activities that is completely sensory: every sight, smell, sound, and taste affect your overall takeaway from the experience, even if totally subconsciously. If you don’t feel at ease, you won’t be able to enjoy your food, no matter how delicious it is.
IW: Aside from a scrumptious menu, precise wine pairings, and a space with just-right vibes, what other keys are there to make a dinner gathering a special one?
R: Great company, and great conversation! We believe that the best relationships are built around the dinner table, with good food and drink being the universal connector. And an awesome playlist never hurts!