St. Louis-born Vincent Price (1911-93) is probably best-known for his long career as a performer: onstage (Victoria Regina, Diversions and Delights), in films (House of Wax, House on Haunted Hill) and Michael Jackson's Thriller video. But the actor was also a noted art collector and a gourmet cook, even authoring two cookbooks, Come Into the Kitchen Cook Book and A Treasury of Great Recipes.
Ray "Pete" Peterman, the chef-owner of Peanches Food & Wine at 900 West 39th Street, is using Price's 1965 A Treasury of Great Recipes cookbook as the inspiration for a $50 five-course dinner (with wine pairings) that he's calling "Peanchenstein" on Friday, October 25. Customers who dress up in costume for the event receive a free bottle of champagne for the table.
Peterman says the dinner is almost completely booked, but he's still taking reservations, but only on the restaurant's Facebook page.
"My wife, Heather, and I ran across the Treasury of Great Recipes a few years ago, and I was impressed," Peterman says. "It has a lot of great old-school recipes by some really famous chefs that Price adapted for home cooks. I've wanted to make some of them and with this event, I can."
The dinner begins with a first course of consomme Farley, followed by deviled crab, and then a fish entree: broiled trout with a fresh cucumber salad. The fourth course will feature scalloppine di vittella alla Pasetto (scalloped veal au gratin), and the dessert course will be a gateau flavored with Grand Marnier.