Thursday, May 10, 2007

Is $100,000 Lunch Too Rich For Your Tastebuds?

Magic, Martinis and Mario doesn't think so...

The celebrated "Modern Mixologist" (and my cocktail hero) Tony Abou-Ganim is one third of the entertainment-foodie-cocktailian wet-dream-team. Tony designs cocktails for high-end restaurants, liquor brands and his own cocktail videos. (Volume 1 of his new Modern Mixology series focuses on "Mixing the Classics," and Abou-Ganim's charisma drives home my theory that personality is 50% of cocktail presentation!)

Billy Harris calls his act "part laughter, part illusion and part motivation." Billy oozes glitzy Vegas showmanship, and stirs up fun for corporate gigs, serves as an MC-for-hire and, when not on the road, kicks it with the wife and baby.

One of America's most-loved celebrity chefs, Mario Batali, provides the grub for this over-the-top culinary experience, rolling out course after course of customized delicacies to suit the tastes of each client (each complemented by Tony's libations, of course). Who knows - with a good tip, Batali may even let you try on his famous orange clogs!

In this CNBC clip, the Tantalizing Trio demonstrate how the ultimate cocktail and food pairing sprinkles a little magic to your life...

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