EIGHT CITIES, TWO WEEKENDS IN OCTOBER, CENTURIES OF FOOD HISTORY
Tom Colicchio Takes Over 2nd Ave Deli in NYC, Michael Solomonov Takes Over Pat’s King Of Steaks in Philadelphia, Deborah VanTrece Takes Over Paschal’s In Atlanta, and More
NEW YORK CITY (September 14, 2020) — This October, Resy celebrates famous food destinations in eight cities with The Classics Remix, a brand new takeout-based event series. Resy is teaming up with leading chefs in each of the eight cities and asking them to flip the script on old-school favorites, as a way to pay homage to the singular restaurants we can’t live without. The Classics Remix is the companion event series to Resy.com’s editorial package: The Classics, A Tribute to the Restaurants That Define Our Cities. The series is presented in partnership with American Express Gold Card as part of its commitment to providing Card Members with safe and rich dining experiences, in addition to its market leading rewards and benefits.
“Right now is an important time to tip our hats to the restaurants that have been fixtures of their cities for decades, and who have given us so much for so long. These places have hundreds of years of generational history between them, and they’ve weathered many storms,” says Ben Leventhal, VP/GM American Express Global Dining Network. “Resy’s fall-long celebration of classic restaurants is our way of paying tribute to the fact that restaurants are more than places to eat; they’re community, history, families, and our collective food culture.”
The chefs will take over their choice of local institution — storied spots beloved by locals and visitors alike that embody that city’s culinary history and culture — for one weekend only and create riffs on the establishment’s classic dishes. The Classics Remix will take place from Friday, October 16th through Sunday, October 18th in Washington D.C., New York City, Philadelphia, Seattle; from Thursday, October 15th through Saturday, October 17th in Chicago; and from Friday, October 23rd through Sunday, October 25th in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Nashville. The limited and never-before-seen packages will be available to reserve for pickup exclusively via Resy starting September 22nd at 10am EST for American Express® Card Members who get exclusive presale ticket access for 48 hours before they become available to the general public on Thursday, September 24th at 10am EST.
Pairings include Mike Solomonov taking over Pat’s King of Steaks, Philadelphia’s self-proclaimed inventor of the steak and cheesesteak sandwich, founded in 1930 and owned by Frank Olivieri after being in the family for almost 90 years; Sean Brock taking over Nashville’s Arnold’s Country Kitchen, opened in 1982 and 2009 recipient of the James Beard American Classics Award; Atlanta’s Deborah VanTrece Deborah partnering with Paschal’s, a staple of the historic Castleberry Hill neighborhood since 1947 that has served Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie and more; Ludo Lefebvre taking over Philippe The Original in Los Angeles; See full lineup below.
“Restaurants are the cornerstones of our community. It is important to recognize these institutions that have paved the way for us,” says Chef Kwame Onwuachi, “Ben’s Chili Bowl has not only stood the test of time, but has also fed generations of revolutionaries that have molded our country into what it is today. I am proud to be working with them in hopes of getting a glimpse into what it takes to be a pillar for future generations to come.”
“Paschal’s Restaurant in Castleberry Hill is an Atlanta icon,” says Deborah VanTrece, Chef-Owner of Atlanta’s Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours. “For six decades, Paschal’s did more than serve up some of the best soul food in the south. It played a pivotal role as a meeting place for civil rights activists in the 1960s and 1970s. To this day, Paschal’s is a beacon for Black restaurant owners and entrepreneurs, especially in the South.”
Nashville’s Chef Sean Brock explains, “Arnold’s is one of my favorite restaurants in the whole entire world. When anyone comes to visit this is our first stop. Having the opportunity to honor Arnold’s is a huge privilege. Honoring these restaurants allows us to say thank you for all they contribute, while introducing them to those who have never been.”
Chef Ludo Lefebvre of Los Angeles explains, “When the opportunity first came up to participate in Resy’s The Classics Remix series, it was before COVID. But when I think back, the reason has not changed, it is great to remember and pay homage to those restaurants that have defined the LA dining scene for so many years. Even more now, we need to make sure we do whatever we can to help each other survive. I feel honored to have been a chef in Los Angeles for 22+ years, maybe one day I will leave a legacy.”
“It is an honor to collaborate with Al’s Beef through Resy’s Classics Remix campaign,” says Erick Williams, Owner and Chef of Virtue Restaurant in Chicago’s Hyde Park community. “In a historic period that demands resiliency, aligning with a Chicago restaurant industry icon that has stood the test of time is both exciting and meaningful. It’s tough to beat an all-out classic, but I’m looking forward to giving Al’s Italian beef a Southern-inspired spin.”
Resy’s new Event Ticketing tool will power The Classics Remix, in addition to powering hundreds of events created by Resy’s restaurant partners around the world who are leaning into creative experiences as a way to engage with clientele and generate additional revenue for their businesses. Each ticket holder will see the event in their Resy mobile app Reservations panel and will receive exclusive content via text and email leading up to their package pick-up.
Resy and American Express have a shared passion for dining and a strong track record of backing restaurants, which are the foundations of communities and cultures. Now more than ever, the brands are committed to bolstering this support by partnering on innovative programming, providing resources and relief for restaurants’ businesses, building and introducing new technologies, driving consumer awareness and sales to restaurants, and more.
EXCLUSIVE PERKS FOR AMERICAN EXPRESS® CARD MEMBERS
The 2020 Classics Remix is presented in partnership with the American Express Gold Card, which offers rich dining rewards such as 4x points at restaurants worldwide, 4x points at US Supermarkets, and $120 in dining credit. American Express® Card Members who purchase tickets to The Classics Remix in any city will receive exclusive perks, including invitations to a series of four virtual conversations hosted by Tom Colicchio, Kwame Onwuachi, Deborah VanTrece, and Mike Solomonov.
THE CLASSICS REMIX LINEUP
Friday, October 16th through Sunday, October 18th*
- CHICAGO – Erick Williams (Virtue) partners with Al’s Beef
- What started as a neighborhood beef stand in Chicago’s “Little Italy” neighborhood has grown into a famous destination for an Italian Beef Sandwich.
*Chicago’s event dates are Thursday, October 15th – Saturday, October 17th
- NYC – Tom Colicchio (Crafted Hospitality) partners with 2nd Ave Deli
- From a tiny 10-seat eatery to becoming one of the most famous Jewish delis in New York City, 2nd Ave Deli has served kosher cuisine and provided an authentic Jewish culinary experience for over 60 years.
- PHILADELPHIA – Mike Solomonov (Zahav) partners with Pat’s King Of Steak
- Credited as the originator and inventor of the cheesesteak sandwich, Pat’s is celebrating its 90th year as a Philadelphia icon.
- SEATTLE – Edouardo Jordan (JuneBaby) partners with Dick’s
- Setting the standard for fast food in Seattle, Dick’s has been the tried-and-true destination for a delicious, quick burger in Seattle since 1954.
- WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kwame Onwuachi partners with Ben’s Chili Bowl
- Ben’s Chili Bowl is an iconic D.C. landmark since 1958, well-known for its high-profile political, celebrity, and activist guests, but it’s the restaurant’s secret chili recipe and world famous Original Half Smoke that keep crowds from around the globe rolling into this storied establishment.
Friday, October 23rd through Sunday, October 25th
- ATLANTA – Deborah VanTrece (Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours) partners with Paschal’s
- Especially beloved for their fried chicken, Paschal’s restaurant provides guests with a historic and soulful dining experience featuring old-school Southern specialties.
- LOS ANGELES – Ludo Lefebvre (Petit Trois) partners with Philippe The Original
- Over a century ago in 1918, Philippe’s owner accidentally dropped a sliced French roll into the roasting pan filled with juice still hot from the oven. The legendary “French Dipped Sandwich” was born and the rest is history.
- NASHVILLE – Sean Brock (Audrey) partners with Arnold’s Country Kitchen
- Even with a James Beard Award under its belt, Arnold’s Country Kitchen has stayed true to its “mom and pop” roots with Southern soul food made fresh daily from scratch.
TO PURCHASE TICKETS
Tickets range in price from $17.50 per person up to $60 per person. Attendees simply choose the city, day, and time they’d like to pick up from their city’s host venue. Ticket price includes the cost of the package, which varies by city.
Tickets for all cities can be purchased in the Resy app and at Resy.com/ClassicsRemix beginning Tuesday, September 22nd at 10am EST for American Express® Card Members who get exclusive 48 hours access to tickets before anyone else. To purchase a ticket, add an American Express Card to your Resy account and purchase your ticket with your American Express Card. Tickets are first-come, first-served. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday, September 24th at 10am EST.