If you’re looking to create a memory that will last a lifetime, it’s important to remember the 3 S’s: sensory, stakes, and script. Boost sensory appeal by doing something that activates your senses, raise the stakes by getting actively involved in the activity, and break the script by doing something out of the ordinary. According to Eric Barker research shows that engaging the senses more intensely makes moments stand out.
“Moments of elevation are experiences that rise above the routine. They make us feel engaged, joyful, amazed, motivated.”
— The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip Heath
That’s why BLACKBARN offers so many special experiences in the many spaces within its walls. After producing all of the amazing events through decades at the Waldorf, Chef Doherty loves to bring magic to the life of his guests. Beyond our farm-to-table events, we offer a variety of exceptional experiences, including Wine Tasting, Cooking Lessons, Soufflè Making, Chef’s Table, and more!
1. SOUFFLÈ MAKING
Kick off the night with a champagne saber by Chef-Owner John Doherty and follow him to the prep kitchen to prepare either a sweet or savory soufflé. Donning aprons, you will have a hands-on lesson of mastering one
of Chef Doherty’s favorite dishes. Following the lesson, enjoy a wonderful dinner in which you taste your creation!
2. COOKING LESSONS
Head to the kitchen for a hands-on experience with Black Barn’s Executive Chef, Chef Matteo! He will lead the preparation of Black Barn specialties like our Mushroom Toast and Fig Pizza while sharing stories of his own experience growing and developing his culinary skills. Following the cooking lesson, is a wonderful family style dinner or lovely reception featuring the dishes you prepared!
3. CHEF’S TABLE
Enjoy an intimate, interactive format where you will be able to watch seasonally curated dishes come to life in our open kitchen. This 5 Course menu rotates monthly with great wine pairings for each course. Chef Doherty is available to host your chef’s table upon request. Find this month’s menu here.
4. WINE TASTING
Join Black Barn in our rustic cellar to enjoy one of life’s greatest pleasures, wine. During this event, you will taste 5 different types of wines and deepen your understanding, from their fascinating history to the best food pairings. Our Sommelier will help the group explore the qualities of wines and provide the group with the knowledge they need to pick that perfect bottle!
5. SPIRIT TASTING
Explore a range of spirits led by our expert mixologist. Learn more about the creation and distillation of each spirit.
6. THEMED MENUS
Upgrade your menu with our customized offerings such as the World Leaders or our NY State Menu. Possibilities are endless at Black Barn! If you have an idea, we can always put something original together.
7. VINTAGE PORT TONGING
Enjoy the flavors of a Vintage Port starting off with a special tonging to preserve the cork of the aged bottle.
“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”
— Ernest Hemingway
Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, a first date, a birthday, or a business dinner when you’re entertaining clients, we can help you make the evening one to remember. Get in touch with our events team here! Or call us at (212) 265-5959.