Fung Tu Hosts Fundraiser for School

This coming Monday, March 20th, Wilson Tang and Jonathan Wu of Fung Tu are hosting chefs Pichet Ong, Christine Lau, Ed & Lien Lin, and Medwin Pang for dinner to help raise funds and awareness for Chef’s Connection Line Cook School.

Chef’s Connection is a media company built to connect its audience with top chefs, jobs, and opportunities in the foodservice industry.  The organization runs a philanthropic program designed to train or retrain unemployed people to get into the restaurant field.  It’ is a free course taught by seven of the best chefs NYC has to offer.  The program is run by Alan Batt, a renown food photographer fondly known by the industry as “Battman”. Alan’s generosity and dedication has enabled the school to offer classes, supplies and equipment without any cost to the students.

The nine-course dinner with complimentary beer and wine is $110 per ticket, and the team is offering two seatings: 6:00PM and 9:00PM.  Here is the menu:

Whey-Poached Celtuce Salad with Flying Fish Roe; Chef Johnathan Wu.
Housemade Warm Silken Tofu, Shrimp Eggs, Hot Oil, Cilantro; Chef Christine Lau.
Szechuan Peppercorn Cured Artic Char, Chinese Mustard Creme Fraiche and Dill; Chef Ed & Chef Lien Lin.
Hunan Crispy Fish with Chinese Preserved Vegetable, Miso Mustard Chairman Mao style; Chef Doron Wong.
Congee with 1000 Year Egg, Roasted Garlic, Mushrooms, Pork Broth and Crispy Chinese Bread; Chef Chris Cheung.
Roasted Cauliflower, Garlic, House Preserved Lemon; Chef Ed & Chef Lien Lin.
General Guan’s Honey Laquered Roasted Chicken; Chef Medwin Pang.
Braised Short Ribs with carrots, Daikon Potato and cardamom; Chef Eric Kwan.
Frozen Mango Pudding; Chef Pichet Ong.

For tickets, click here.  For more information on Chef’s Connection, click here.


53-Yeard Old Le Perigord Shutters to Displace Union Labor

The costs involved with running a restaurant in New York City have never been more daunting.  Even for a stalwart of the fine-dining breed, labor costs can undue profitability.  And when a union is involved, the costs can become insurmountable.

Georges Briguer, who has owned the old-school French institution since 1966, has closed Le Perigord as he has not been able to reach terms with the restaurant union, Local 100.  The owner and the union had negotiated for four months to no avail.  Now, legally, closing and reopening as a new business is Mr. Briguer’s path forward.  According to the owner, “We would have to increase the price of the dinner too much…we have no choice,” in order to meet the new deal that would have required an additional $80 per day, per employee–about $12,000 per week–to cover the additional healthcare and pension requests.

In six months, the restaurant at 405 East 52nd will turn the lights back on under a new name: Restaurant 405.  Le Perigord, which once served neighborhood regulars and celebrities such as Truman Capote and Donald Trump alike, will be a memory.  The revised restaurant will have a new menu, but the owner hopes to rehire his staff, sans union.

To read more, click here.