SPAC to host “A Choreographer’s Party” and “A Symphonic Supper” in July – Saratogian

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is holding “A Choreographers’ Feast” and “A Symphonic Supper” to celebrate its upcoming residencies with the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Prior to these upcoming residencies, PSPC is set to present two special dining experiences: “A Choreographer’s Feast” at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 11 at the new facilities at The Pines@SPAC and “A Symphonic Supper” at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 25 July at the Canfield Casino in Congress Park.

“A Choreographers’ Feast” will feature a multi-course dining experience featuring culinary creations inspired by choreographers whose works will be performed as part of New York City Ballet’s 2022 season at SPAC.

Presented by the SPAC Action Council in association with CulinaryArts@SPAC and designed by food expert Meryl Rosofsky, the festive summer feast will be hosted by WAMC’s Joe Donahue with photos by legendary NYCB photographer Paul Kolnik. The fundraiser will support New York City Ballet’s SPAC residency, scheduled for Tuesday, July 12 through Saturday, July 16.

“Our ‘Fête des chorégraphes’ is a true celebration of creativity, both choreographic and culinary. Last year, we paid tribute to the genius of Balanchine on stage and in the kitchen,” SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol said in a press release. “This year, we will honor our season’s six choreographers with dishes and recipes inspired by 20th century icons George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Merce Cunningham and our contemporary choreographers Justin Peck, Jamar Roberts and Pam Tanowitz.”

Meryl Rosofsky, who conceived and created the event, is vice-president of the George Balanchine Foundation. “Those who attended last year’s ‘Supper on a Midsummer Night’ may recall that Balanchine was an amazing cook, and his herbal ‘Saratoga Green Sauce’ will be back this year on demand. general. Many local wild mushrooms will also make an appearance, a nod to Balanchine’s passion for foraging and Cunningham’s partner John Cage, who, when not composing pioneering music, was teaching music lessons. mycology at the New School,” she said in the Liberation. “With a classic cocktail from Peck, a robust steak from Robbins and a vegetarian inspired dish from Roberts to complete the menu, all beautifully produced by the CulinaryArts @ SPAC team, there is something to please every palate.”

The multi-course feast will be prepared by Chef Kim Klopstock of The Lily and the Rose and will be accompanied by superb wines and inventive cocktails created for the occasion.

Later in July, foodies can enjoy “A Symphonic Supper,” the first-ever fundraiser for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s residency at SPAC. The event will feature an elegant farm-to-table dinner by Chef Dominic Labelle, Quebec’s Culinary Revelation of the Year, accompanied by live music in the historic Canfield Casino. The Provencal French theme and menu, curated by Labelle, is a nod to Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who was born in Quebec and is also Music Director of the Orchester Métropolitain de Montréal. .

Co-presented by the SPAC Action Council, Friends of SPAC and CulinaryArts@SPAC, “A Symphonic Supper” will take place just before the Philadelphia Orchestra’s SPAC residency, scheduled for Wednesday, July 27 through Saturday, August 13, 2022.

“Our fabulous Philadelphia Orchestra has not only been embedded in SPAC’s DNA since 1966 – our iconic amphitheater was built especially for them under the direction of Eugene Ormandy. We are thrilled to finally have the opportunity to celebrate this incredible legacy and its vibrant future with our first-ever fundraiser to support the Philadelphia Orchestra Residency,” Sobol said in a press release. “As a special tribute to our charismatic Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, we invited renowned Quebec chef Dominic Labelle to host the exquisite meal celebrating the orchestra.

Labelle is a farmer and chef, born and raised in Montreal who now operates an on-farm restaurant in Austin, Quebec called Parcelles. “Even though we are farm-to-table at my Parcelles restaurant, we are also farm-to-farm. This is what I will be bringing to Saratoga Springs in honor of our Quebec classical music superstar Yannick Nézet-Séguin,” he said in the statement. “The menu will show how delicious farm-fresh food can be.”

The multi-course dinner will be prepared by Labelle, with assistance from Klopstock and chefs from the CulinaryArts@SPAC consortium. The multi-course dinner will be accompanied by fine wines chosen for the celebration.

“A Choreographer’s Feast” and “A Symphonic Supper” are presented in association with CulinaryArts@SPAC, which launched in fall 2020 and offers educational classes, workshops, dining experiences and more to support local chefs , farmers and the regional culinary community .

Tickets to attend the “Festin des chorégraphes” cost $325 each. Tables are available in reservations of six ($5,000); eight ($7,500) or 10 ($10,000).

Tickets for “A Symphonic Supper” cost $250 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Further information on both events is available online at or by contacting Heather Varney at

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center has a full schedule of events planned for the 2022 season, including residencies by the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra. (File Photo/Photo Provided)

“A Symphonic Supper” is the first-ever fundraiser for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. (File photo)
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