By Lori Perkins
In Paris, they let cats join you in restaurants, and there are a number of “cat cafes” that have recently opened in America, but the catfood company Fancy Feast has decided to up the feline level by opening a Pop-Up two-day restaurant in the West Village where they are offering chef-inspired versions of their “gourmet” catfood for humans.
Today was the day where 24 lucky patrons were given the opportunity to make a reservation on Open Table at Gatto Bianco, an Italian-themed restaurant for meals to be served on August 11 and 12. Needless to say, I am not one of the lucky ones, so I will eagerly await the reviews that are sure to pour in.
According to a press release, Michelin Star winning Italian chef Cesare Casella is working with Fancy Feast’s in-house chef Amanda Hassner on the menu.
In case you want a preview of what this menu might look like, there is already a Fancy Feast cookbook for humans.
According to an earlier press release, Fancy Feast’s in-house chef, Amanda Hassner, put the book together and received contributions from James Beard Award Nominee Jerrelle Guy and actor-turned-baker Josh Snyder. “From Chicken and Ramen with Tomato Honey Butter Sauce to Whitefish and Asparagus with Beurre Blanc, the cookbook features recipes that are elevated but easy enough to whip up on a weeknight,” said Hassner in a statement. “Each dish was inspired by the small-plate restaurant trend. The recipes are for humans but were created in honor of the dishes you will be serving your cat.”
I guess too many people have read the over-the-top descriptions of some of Fancy Feast’s catfood and said, “I wonder what that tastes like?”
Here’s a link to the cookbook, which is NOT available on Amazon. https://www.purina.com/sites/g/files/auxxlc196/files/2021-03/FancyFeast_DigitalCookbook.pdf