Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Sampling of Serendipity

One of my favorite places to visit in New York is the restaurant Serendipity a block away from Bloomingdale’s.  And of course one of my favorite movies, Serendipity featured this special restaurant.  Serendipity is like Disney World for your taste buds- truly one of the happiest places in the world and hosted by one of the nicest people you will ever meet, Stephen Bruce.  He is one of the three original founders of this delightfully eccentric gathering place which is best known for its frrrozen hot chocolate.

And if you watch Serendipity during the holidays, look for Stephen’s cameo appearance.  He is the one holding the scarf when John Cusack returns to the restaurant.

Stephen personally answers the phone and writes down the reservations.  A humble and gracious gentleman, Stephen does not boast about his famous friends and accomplishments, so let me do that for him.  He was very close friends with Andy Warhol who was a frequent diner at Serendipity.  Stephen even designed Warhol’s first apartment in Manhattan, and Andy did over twenty drawings of Stephen while sitting at a table in Serendipity.  The world famous James Beard taught Stephen how to make omelets, and that dish is still a delicious feature on the Serendipity menu. Over the years famous politicians, artists, musicians, and celebrities have enjoyed the food and fellowship at Serendipity,  Enjoy listening to my podcast interview with Stephen on Kitchen Chat for more inside “scoop.”
And check out Stephen’s fabulous books with recipes and ideas for entertaining – a must for everyone’s kitchen.

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