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Lecture: The Life of a Chef: 40 Years of Kitchen Lore and Quirky Stories; Presented by Arno Schmidt

11/09/2012, LIU Post Campus EventLibrary Reference Commons, LIU Post, 8:00 - 10:00 PM

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Arno Schmidt will discuss his auto-biography, Peeking Behind the Wallpaper, and the gilded age of hotel dining from his experiences as a chef at both the Waldorf-Astoria and The Plaza Hotel.

In 1946, Arno began his apprenticeship in war-torn Austria and, after an odyssey through kitchens in many countries became Executive Chef of the Waldorf-Astoria. During the Bi-centennial he supervised meals for the most powerful people in the world. The book is about glorious hotel dining and memorable banquets, including menus and kitchen work sheets. There are vignettes about accounting follies, catering directors, kosher caterers and managers. There are quirky stories about captains, waiters and cooks. The book looks into the kitchen of the St. Regis Hotel when it was still owned by Mrs. Astor, with menus from the legendary Maisonette and King Cole Bar. There are Plaza menus from 1928, stories about holidays in hotels, and permanent residents. There is advice about cooking and long forgotten classical dishes such as terrapin and Crabmeat Remick.

Programs are free and open to the public.  Programs begin at 8 p.m. in the Library Lobby.  No reservations required.  Social hour and dinner before programs begin at 6 p.m. in the Hutchins Gallery. Reservations are required.  $42.

For more information, please contact Derek Stadler at 516-299-2892, email:

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