Posted on September 08, 2016

euphoria Announces Michelin starred Chefs

GREENVILLE, S.C., Sept. 8, 2016 – euphoria’s one-night-only Michelin-starred dinner is back!  As an official sponsor of euphoria, Michelin has once again partnered to bring some of the most talented chefs in the country to the South Carolina Upstate in support of euphoria’s 11th Food, Wine and Music Festival, September 22-25.

Michelin North America has operated in South Carolina for more than four decades and moved its United States headquarters to Greenville in 1988. Michelin has published its travel guides since 1900 and first began reviewing restaurants anonymously as a means of providing honest recommendations to travelers in search of good dining.  The now infamous "red guide" is published in more than 20 countries and only 100 restaurants have earned the supreme designation of having three Michelin stars.                                                             

 The company has supported euphoria since its inception in 2006 when they invited celebrated three-star Michelin Chef Thomas Keller to participate.

euphoria is pleased to announce that Michelin three-starred Chef Curtis Duffy of Grace in Chicago, Illinois will be joined by Pastry Chef Thomas Raquel of Le Bernardin, a three-star Michelin restaurant in New York, New York.

euphoria’s “Coast to Coast” Michelin dinner will be hosted at The Lazy Goat in downtown Greenville with host chefs Michael Kramer (Executive Chef  Culinary Operations, Table 301) and Steven Musolf (Executive Chef of The Lazy Goat). Lionel Vatinet of La Farm Bakery in Cary, NC – recognized by the James Beard Foundation as a semi-finalist for “Outstanding Baker” – will offer artisan breads made with local grain. Reservations for this 5-course wine-paired dinner may be made here:

Grace_04SEP2015_GALDONES_PHOTOGRAPHY_6560.jpgChef Curtis Duffy of Grace in Chicago returns this year to lead the all-star chef line-up.  As the Executive Chef and owner of Grace, Curtis Duffy earned three Michelin stars in 2016, and this year, the James Beard Foundation awarded Duffy “Best Chef: Great Lakes.” Prior accolades include AAA's Five Diamond Rating, Forbes Travel Guide's 5 Star Rating, Robb Report's Best Restaurant in the World 2013, Chicago Magazine's Best New Restaurant, and Eater National's Chef of the Year in 2013.  @curtisduffy; @grace_chicago


_KXtdArF.jpegAs Le Bernardin’s Executive Pastry Chef, Thomas Raquel creates modern, seasonal desserts rooted in classic technique that compliment the cuisine of celebrated chef Eric Ripert. A graduate of the California School of Culinary Arts, Raquel’s experience includes Lucques, AOC, The Water Grill, and Wolfgang Puck Catering in Los Angeles. After staging at the acclaimed Pierre Hermé patisserie, Raquel went on to the pastry kitchen at L2O in Chicago, where Chef Laurent Gras had a strong influence on him, and to Chicago’s Acadia, where he was the pastry chef, before joining Le Bernardin’s three-Michelin starred team.  @thomasjraquel; @lebernardinny

Menu is as follows:

Hamachi, Finger Lime, Singkamas, Okra, Textures of Apple, Verjus
Steven Musolf, Executive Chef, The Lazy Goat 

Scallop, Tamarind, Smoke, Flavors of Licorice
Curtis Duffy, Executive Chef/Owner, Grace

Duck, Carrot, Port Wine, Sorrel
Michael Kramer, Executive Chef Culinary, Table 301 

Miyazaki Beef, Aged Grits, Day Lily, Dill
Curtis Duffy, Executive Chef/Owner, Grace

Coffee Caramel Crémeux, Roasted Almond Mousse, Bourbon Froth
Thomas Raquel, Pastry Chef, Le Bernardin

Artisan Breads
Lionel Vatinet, Master Baker, La Farm Bakery

In addition to the dinner, euphoria is pleased to screen Chef Curtis Duffy’s award-winning documentary “For Grace” – a film documenting one of the country’s most renowned chefs as he builds his dream restaurant at one of the most challenging times in his personal life.  Guests of the Michelin chef dinner are invited for a champagne viewing of “For Grace” followed by a lively discussion with Chef Curtis Duffy and his partner, General Manager Michael Muser, at 5:30pm at the Marriott Courtyard at 50 West Broad Street, prior to the dinner at 7pm.

For Grace” will be shown again on Sunday at 2:30pm at the Kroc Center (424 Westfield Street, downtown Greenville). This event is open to the public, and all are invited to attend. Chef Duffy and Partner Muser will discuss the makings of the film and their award-winning restaurant, Grace, following the film. Culinary students are invited to attend at no cost (Student ID requested); there is a $5 ticket price for all others. Tickets may be purchased here:

These celebrated chefs will also get their hands dirty when they serve as sous chefs for the young finalists of euphoria’s annual Healthy Lunchtime Throwdown. Open to all Greenville County School students between the ages of eight and sixteen, euphoria’s cooking competition is modeled after First Lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids’ State Dinner, an annual event that promotes healthy eating and healthy lifestyles for children across the United States. Judges of the contest include Cooking Light Magazine and Tanya Steel, founder of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids’ State Dinner in conjunction with First Lady Michelle Obama, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Steel is also Award Director of the Julia Child Award.)

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About Michelin North America

Michelin, the leading mobility company, is working with tires, around tires and beyond tires to enable Motion for Life. Dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility and sustainability, Michelin designs and distributes the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its customers’ needs. Michelin provides digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences. Bringing its expertise to new markets, the company is investing in high-technology materials, 3D printing and hydrogen, to serve a wide variety of industries — from aerospace to biotech. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Michelin North America has approximately 22,500 employees and operates 34 production facilities in the United States and Canada. (