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Ultimate Foodie Gift: Private Dinner Party for 10 from Neiman Marcus

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Upscale department store Neiman Marcus has come out with its annual list of over-the-top, outrageously expensive fantasy gifts for the holiday season. Among the obscenely extravagant suggestions is a dinner for ten prepared by a quartet of chefs who are among the most celebrated in the world.

Price tag: a cool quarter million.

That’s right, for a mere $250,000, you can arrange an epic culinary event cooked up by chefs Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Jerome Bocuse, and Richard Rosendale.

But wait, there’s more. Your purchase for 250 Large also includes a Casa Dragones tequila tasting led by Bertha Gonzalez, the world's first female Maestra Tequilera. Señora Gonzalez is even providing the party favors: personalized, engraved crystal bottles of the sipping spirit for each of the diners.

The gastronomic extravaganza is limited to one Neiman Marcus customer (first come, first served).

Lest you feel too guilty about spending that kind of bread for a single dinner party, the proceeds will benefit the Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation, an organization dedicated to inspiring culinary excellence in young professionals. Established in 2009, the Foundation's goal is to build a sustainable community of young American chefs who are confident in their career pursuits and will become lifelong ambassadors of quality and excellence in the world of gastronomy.

Here are more details from N-M about what you get for your 250 Thou:

  • Dinner will be prepared in the customer's home by Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Richard Rosendale, and Jerome Bocuse.
  • A professional event planner will arrange and oversee the entire evening.
  • Casa Dragones' cofounder and CEO, Bertha Gonzalez, will host a professional tequila tasting and discuss the craftsmanship and innovative process of creating her well-honed libation. The tequila will be served during the cocktail hour and then specially paired with a course during the meal. Fine wines will accompany all other courses.
  • All guests will receive a personalized bottle of Casa Dragones inscribed with their names. Each limited-edition bottle is handcrafted from pure, lead-free crystal and individually engraved, hand-labeled, numbered, and signed by the Maestra Tequilera.

About the chefs:

Thomas Keller. The chef/owner of acclaimed restaurants The French Laundry, Per Se, Bouchon and Ad Hoc, located in Yountville, Calif., Las Vegas, Beverly Hills and New York City. Chef Keller was named “America’s Best Chef” by TIME magazine in 2001.

Daniel Bouloud. One of America's most revered French chefs, he is owner of New York's Michelin three-star DANIEL restaurant, as well as Café Boulud, DB Bistro Moderne, Bar Boulud, DBGB Kitchen and Bar, Boulud Sud, and Epicerie Boulud. He is a James Beard Foundation winner for "Outstanding Restaurant," "Outstanding Restaurateur," "Best Chef, New York City," and "Outstanding Chef of the Year" and the author of six cookbooks.

Jerome Bocuse. Chef Bocuse owns and operates Les Chefs de France and Le Bistro de Paris restaurants.  He is co-founder of the prestigious Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation.

Richard Rosendale. Chef Rosendale is currently training for the 2013 Bocuse d'Or competition as Team Captain of Bocuse d'Or USA. He was awarded the Presidential Medallion by the American Culinary Federation for his contributions to the Culinary Arts and was named the 2005 ACF "Chef of the Year."

For more details, you may visit this Neiman Marcus website.

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