Micro-Greens in a Micro-Apartment: A Real-Life “Night at the Museum” For Four Lucky New Yorkers

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Resource Furniture-Sponsored MCNY Exhibition Transformed into Private Dining Room for Winner of Citizens Housing & Planning Council’s Fundraising Raffle

Chef Chris Bradley and his Micro-Green Salad

The winner of the Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC) fundraising raffle “Making Room . . . For Dinner” enjoyed a truly unique New York City experience and was granted exclusive, after-hours access to the Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers exhibition in the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) on Thursday night.

Raffle winner Jim Gillespie and three lucky friends spent a magical evening inside the MCNY third-floor gallery, where the LaunchPad micro-apartment became their own private pied-à-terre – private chef included -- for the evening.

Executive Chef Chris Bradley of Untitled at the Whitney, a Union Square Hospitality Group restaurant, graciously donated his services for the meal. Chef Bradley looked right at home in the kitchen of the micro-unit as he prepared and served his signature farm-to-table comfort food for the lucky four. He clearly took the concept of serving a meal inside a “micro-apartment” to heart, as he playfully included “micro-greens” and “short ribs” on the thoughtfully planned menu.

“We are incredibly grateful to Chef Bradley and the entire USHG team for making this crazy idea possible. Everyone had an unforgettable evening,” said Sarah Watson, Deputy Director of CHPC. “The only downside is that it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Well that, and the fact that I didn’t get to taste the food!”

The raffle raised more than $9,000 in much-needed funds for CHPC, a 501c(3) organization.
LaunchPad, the 325 square foot micro-apartment is the centerpiece of this hugely popular New York City exhibition and was built by Clei s.r.l and Resource Furniture, with interior design by architect Pierliuigi Colombo.

CHEF CHRIS BRADLEY’S MICRO-GREEN SALAD FROM THE MICRO-APARTMENT DINNER – serves 4

Salad
1 lb. assorted micro greens- sunflower sprouts, pea shoots, hong vit radish sprouts
(from Windfall Farms at the Union Square Greenmarket)
1 bunch baby carrots, thinly shaved lengthwise
3 pieces French breakfast radishes, thinly shaved lengthwise
1 lb. fava beans, blanched and shelled
¼ lb. corn nuts
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Dressing
½ cup crème fraiche or sour cream
¼ cup buttermilk
½ lb. ramps, washed and greens removed
1 pinch dry oregano
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons chopped herbs
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Salt and pepper, to taste

Mince the ramps finely. Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and whisk until thoroughly blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

To finish, combine the micro greens with the carrots, radishes and fava beans. Drizzle with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Spoon a small amount of the dressing onto the bottom of the plate and place the salad over top of the dressing. Garnish with small handful of corn nuts.

For more photos, visit: http://resourcefurniture.com/pressroom

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ABOUT CHPC
CHPC’s mission, since 1937, is to advance practical public policies by better understanding New York City’s most pressing housing and neighborhood needs across the five boroughs. CHPC is a Council of leading professionals from every industry that shape the residential built environment who share the conviction that by working together we can promote solutions for the long-term progress of the city. CHPC speaks as a trusted and impartial voice to improve housing for all New Yorkers.chpcny.org

ABOUT UNTITLED
Located at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Untitled is a new restaurant from Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group, offering a contemporary, farm-to-table take on the classic Manhattan coffee shop and the seasonal comfort food of Executive Chef Chris Bradley. Untitled serves an all-day menu that features updates on coffee shop classics, all made with carefully sourced, local ingredients. Designed by Rockwell Group, the restaurant is located on the lower level of the Museum and is accessible both to Museum visitors and non-museum guests. untitledatthewhitney.com

ABOUT RESOURCE FURNITURE and CLEI
Resource Furniture and Clei are proud sponsors of Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers, which features a fully-realized 325 square-foot micro apartment built by Resource Furniture and Clei. Resource Furniture has recently been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Dwell, Forbes, CBS News and New York Magazine among many others. Resource Furniture has built a global network of showrooms offering a range of top-selling luxury European furniture that push the limits of technology and design. resourcefurniture.com

Clei s.r.l. , based in Italy, has been fusing high design, innovation and patented technology since 1962. Their modern and easy to use transforming wall bed systems are the result of a company philosophy with strong emphasis on research, creativity, and engineering, with fully integrated, modular sleeping, storage, seating, and working solutions. Clei systems are available in North America exclusively through Resource Furniture.

ABOUT MCNY
Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. The Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City, and serves the people of the city as well as visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.mcny.org

Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers is organized by Donald Albrecht, Curator of Architecture and Design, and Andrea Renner, Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Museum. Jerilyn Perine and Sarah Watson, of Citizen Housing & Planning Council, provided the primary research content underlying this exhibition. The exhibition installation is designed by Pure + Applied. New York City Planning Commission Chair Amanda Burden and New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Matt Wambua are the show’s honorary co-chair.

Photos: Carla Coria

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