With the opening of Lutece in 1961, founder and chef Andre Soltner helped elevate dining in New York to new heights.
Proclaimed the best restaurant in the United States by Zagat and others, Lutece continued on a culinary run for some 30 years with Andre Soltner at the helm, until he sold it in 1990's and eventually it closed for good in 2004.
Back in the late 1980’s and into the first few years of the ‘90s, we remember the kindness that Chef Andre Soltner showed a young tabletop aficionado by granting him a few minutes to discuss tabletop and its role in the fine dining experience. Over a coffee, the master explained to the student that it really wasn’t about plates, forks, and glassware. It was so much more than that.....it was about something called the dining experience.
We can only say that the lessons were appreciated and are remembered.....Je vous remercie beaucoup.
Time marches on.