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December 21, 7:00 P.M. Dinner: Fox & the Knife’s Feast of the Seven Fishes Presented by Capital One

December 21, 2023 07:00 PM

An Italian-style Seafood Celebration Featuring James Beard Award–Winning Chef Karen Akunowicz  

25 11th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA

Join James Beard Award winner and Top Chef “Fan Favorite” chef Karen Akunowicz for this one-night-only Feast of the Seven Fishes,  inspired by her new cookbook, Crave: Bold Recipes that Make You Want Seconds. The Feast of La Vigilia, the celebratory seafood-centric meal that occurs on Christmas Eve, is deeply rooted in Italian tradition and the most important meal of the holiday. Chef Akunowicz’s specially crafted tasting menu will channel her Southern Italian dishes and feature seafood prepared in a variety of bold ways, from chilled shrimp acqua pazza to fried whole fish and beautifully pan-seared scallops. Don’t forget the handmade pasta that chef Akunowicz is known for, adorned with Maine lobster. Along with the plentiful plates singing with seafood, there will be carefully selected wine pairings, which include her private label KA Sangiovese, made by celebrated winemaker Giovanna Modenia. This seafood spectacular will be a Feast of the Seven Fishes of epic proportions and one you won’t want to miss.  


Dining Table: $185 / Inside Chef's Counter: $200 

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Hors D’Oeuvres 

Fried Oysters with Papaya Slaw and Caviar  

Chilled Shrimp Acqua Pazza  

Berlucchi ‘61 Franciacorta Extra Brut


Sweet Green Curry with Clams  

Marchesi di Barolo Gavi 2022


Sicilian Octopus with Chickpea Stew 

Maine Lobster with Squid Ink Casarecce 

Giovanna Madonia KA Sangiovese 2022


Diver Scallop Piccata with Braised Greens 

Whole Crispy Branzino with Peperonata 

GD Vajra Barbera d'Alba  2022


Chocolate Olive Oil Cake  

Cantina Della Volte Lambrusco di Sorbara Brut Rosso 2018


Wines generously donated by Ruby Wines, Inc., M.S. Walker, Arborway Imports, Vineyard Road, and Mucci Imports

Special thanks to E-Fish for their generous product donation for this event



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About Karen Akunowicz:

Chef Karen Akunowicz is the 2018 James Beard Foundation Award winner for Best Chef: Northeast and the 2020 James Beard Award nominee for Best New Restaurant in America. She is the chef and owner of Fox & the Knife Enoteca in South Boston, Bar Volpe Ristorante, and Fox Pasta Company, and has been touted as “Boston’s Queen of Pasta”. Her restaurant Fox & the Knife was called an “Instant Classic” by Food & Wine and named one of their “Best New Restaurants in America”.

Chef Akunowicz is a well-known television personality and was voted fan favorite on Bravo TV’s Emmy-nominated show Top Chef (seasons Season 13 as well as “All-Stars”). She is a rising star on Food Network’s “Tournament of Champions” and has appeared as a judge on Top Chef, Top Chef Canada, America’s Worst Cooks, Guy’s Grocery Games and America’s Test Kitchen Next Generation. She is a recurring judge on Beat Bobby Flay.  

Chef Karen Akunowicz has not only left an indelible mark on the culinary world with her innovative and flavorful approach to cooking and is now sharing with home cooks everywhere. Her new cookbook, "Crave: Bold Recipes That Make You Want Seconds," has become a sensation, and already named one of the top 20 cookbooks on Amazon for 2023. As a testament to the cookbook's acclaim, the upcoming "Feast of the Seven Fishes" event will showcase delectable recipes from Chef Karen's celebrated cookbook, adding a flavorful touch to the festive occasion.


Chef Karen Akunowicz’s residency is made possible in part by a generous gift by Nancy Lukitsh to our Chef Performance Fund.

Tickets to events held at Platform at Pier 57 by the James Beard Foundation cover the cost of food, education and a unique dining experience. Meals are prepared by culinary masters from all regions of the United States and around the world. Unless otherwise stated, alcoholic beverages are provided on a complimentary basis and are not included in the ticket price.

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Reservation Policy:

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James Beard Foundation events permit guests age 21 years and older to attend events where alcoholic beverages are served. 

Dietary/Food Restrictions Policy:

Events at Platform by JBF are special one-night-only menus and we do not offer a la carte menus. If you have serious food allergies, we will work with the visiting chef team to do our best to accommodate but cannot guarantee that alternate options will be available for every course.

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