PCNY Member Experience Fall 2019




January 1996. I was just promoted to sous chef at theWaldorf Astoria when I remember seeing a television ad for this movie called Big Night . Finally! A movie about what I love – good food, hospitality and fraternity. Big Night is one of my favorite movies. If you haven’t seen it, treat yourself and make sure you see it before October 10th! The movie had a profound effect on me and how I perform as a Chef. It is about food as a language. A language you can use to create, seduce, and aspire to perfection. What made this film a favorite of mine was its authenticity.There are dozens of foodie movies out there, and only a handful worth watching.This is the best. Why? Because Primo, the faultless Chef (played by Tony Shaloub) and Secondo, his people pleasing brother (Tucci) are so well matched – the casting, the set, and story line are perfect. Some say that Big Night played a role in our Chef obsession and helped predict the future of the restaurant business. Lidia Bastianich, author and co-owner of acclaimed NYC restaurant Del Posto, spent year’s introducing Italian regionality, authenticity and meal structure in her cookbooks, not wanting to force but to cajole her customers into her love of Italian culture and food. Like the Tropianos/Tucci family, my own family’s Sunday dinners, whether at my grandmother’s or my inlaws, were very structured. Antipasto followed by pasta, roast, salad, cheeses and desserts, and finally, fruit and nuts. My family would gasp as my Grandmother brought out course after course. The final scene is epic. No words. Just two brothers, disappointed and broken. What brings them together at the end is a simple, properly made omelet, as authentic as the movie. I can’t wait to share this evening with you and hear from Joe and Francine on October 10. See you at my Big Night! – Chef Michael

Oktoberfest FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 6:30PM RECEPTION STYLE TASTING Reservations become final sale on September 25th.

Big Night THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 6:00PM

Reservations become final sale on October 3rd. Join us for a Big Night of feasting, fine wine and movie clips as we pay tribute to Big Night , the 1996 cult movie classic that set the stage for Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse, and other Celebrity Chefs. On October 10, original author and co-screenplay writer Joe Tropiano will take us behind the scenes of what it was like on set with his childhood friend and cousin, actor Stanley Tucci, sharing some of the hilarious and poignant scenes that 23 years later, still resonate with the movie’s longtime fans and first time viewers. Joining Joe will be our own Chef Michael and Italian food historian, Francine Segan to help us recreate and celebrate Princeton’s own Big Night . Members: $80++; $150++ for 2 tickets; $575++ for a private table of 8. Includes 5 course dinner and wine.

Willkommen one and all to the first ever PCNY Oktoberfest Celebration! Feel free to break out your old lederhosen or dirndl dress, as the annual tradition that goes back some 209 years in Münich continues here in NewYork at the Club.The festivities will begin on the terrace with music, welcome beers, and snacks.The night will then continue with a special traditional German themed menu, during which we showcase the finest selection of artisanal brews with the culinary expertise of Executive Chef Michael. You will be guided through this unique gastronomic experience by a beer industry professional. If you enjoyed our special beer dinner back in March, you will surely be in for a treat this fall. Prost! Members: $50; Guests: $60. Swinging with Sinatra and Patsy’s THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 6:30PM RECEPTION, 7:00PM DINNER Reservations become final sale on September 13th. Patsy’s Italian Restaurant, Frank Sinatra’s favorite, celebrates its 75th Anniversary at the Princeton Club with a night of Swingin’ with Sinatra – Food, Fun, and Frankie We do it his way at our exclusive Sinatra evening. Enjoy a special menu prepared by Chef Michael collaborated with Sal Scognamillo, owner of the one and only NYC Patsy’s restaurant made famous by Frank Sinatra. Patsy’s celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and has been both a Sinatra Family and NewYork favorite run by the Scognomillo family to this day. Sal will regale you with stories of Ol’ Blue Eyes as you dine on Italian specialties direct from Patsy’s menu.You may want to bring your dancing shoes and take a swing on a star to our entertainment. Sal’s first book, Patsy’s Italian Restaurant of NewYork Cookbook will be a part of the evening dinner package, and Sal will be available to sign books for guests. Host Alan Segan. Members: $100++; Guests: $110++. Book included. “Les Climats” BurgundyWine Tasting with Château de Pommard WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 6:30PM WINE RECEPTION, 7:00PM PROGRAM Come enjoy an evening of France’s most esteemed wine with Château de Pommard. Since its founding in 1726 by Vivant Micault, secretary to King Louis XV, it remains one of the most iconic and visited wine estates in Burgundy.TrustedWine Advisor, Preston Mohr will demystify the wines of Burgundy to help create a special place for this wine in your life. Members: $55++. Guests: $65++.

THE PLOT: Two Italian immigrant brothers, struggle to keep their authentic Italian restaurant on the Jersey Shore afloat in the 1950’s. A Big Night of food is planned in honor of a special guest who is sure to drum up enough business to keep the restaurant open and even thrive. Things don’t go as planned though. Primo, the chef and a brilliant perfectionist scoffs at “Americanized” italian food. Primo’s brother, Secondo runs the dining room and wants to give the customer what they want to bring in money. “When my cousin Stanley Tucci and I began developing the script that became Big Night , we didn’t set out to write a food movie.We wanted to tell the story of what it takes for two brothers from Italy to make it in America running an “authentic” Italian restaurant. But after the film’s shoot and during the editing process, it was clear that the food had become another character in the film.” – Joe Tropiano

Joe Tropiano’s favorite quote: “Sometimes the spaghetti, likes to be alone.” Chef Michael’s favorite quote: “To eat good food is to be close to God.”

Joe Tropiano

Francine Segan

Chef Michael





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