02/02/2010—It’s supercar night at the Espace ballroom on Manhattan’s West Side, and star-of-the-moment Daniel Humm is surveying the room.
The new Lexus LFA holds center stage, sleek and brilliantly lit. Lexus owners, car journalists, and potential buyers hover around the vehicle, asking questions, taking turns behind the wheel, and admiring the futuristic cockpit. Humm, the renowned chef who has partnered with Lexus by creating the night’s food, is impressed.
“It looks amazing,” he finally says. “I’d love to drive it.”
Nearby, racecar driver Scott Pruett is telling people how he drove the supercar to 95 percent of its potential speed, and over 4,000 miles, including four days at Homestead-Miami Speedway and three days at the Auto Club Speedway near L.A.
“Compared to the other cars in its class, which can be fickle,” Pruett says, “the LFA is absolute Lexus.”
By night’s end, the crowd agreed that it was a great evening out and a superb opportunity to get close to the LFA supercar. Humm, the Swiss-born star chef of Eleven Madison Park (which gained its fourth star from The New York Times last year) saw guests enjoy his high-end culinary treatshaute cuisine hot dogs, tiny lamb-burgers, and shots of cappuccino porcini soupalongside wines from top Napa Valley vintners (served in Riedel crystal) and samples from Artisanal Premium Cheese, California Caviar, and La Maison du Chocolat.
For dessert, Lexus enlisted Gina DePalma, the pastry chef at Mario Batali’s revered New York restaurant Babbo, who served up walnut mini-cupcakes with coffee buttercream frosting in neat little rows, and they tasted as good as they looked.
“Events like this are great,” she reports, “because even though Babbo is pretty well known, there are people who will first discover it tonight.”
Learn more about the Lexus LFA, and keep an eye on Lexus News for other opportunities to see the supercar.