-- Let them eat cake and truffles and foie gras and whatever else they want — it's for a worthy cause.
On Wednesday, 60 diners who have ponied up $31,100 each will gather at Marie Antoinette's personal retreat at the Palace of Versailles outside Paris for a 15-course meal prepared by 16 chefs who among them have earned nearly 40 Michelin stars. Charlie Trotter of Charlie Trotter's in Chicago, TV celeb/international restaurateur Gordon Ramsay and Alain Passard of L'Arpege in Paris are among those in charge of creating 15 new dishes for the Dinner of the Chefs, which benefits the International Foundation for Research on Alzheimer's Disease (fondationifrad.org).
In addition to chauffeur-driven limo rides, luxury lodgings and courtyard cocktails, ladies get a replica of Marie Antoinette's porcelain breakfast mug and saucer and an exclusive fragrance of Guerlain in a monogrammed bottle. Gents get a monogrammed case containing three rare wines, a flask of Hennessy Cognac, a magnum of Dom Ruinart Champagne and an apron.
Nice touch, that apron.