For 30 years, David and Karen Waltuck cultivated a unique niche in the
New York City restaurant world: Chanterelle. Opened in 1979 in SoHo, before moving to its
grand location in TriBeCa, the restaurant pioneered downtown fine dining.
With the help of designer and art world insider, Bill Katz, the Waltucks were extremely
honored to feature the art of friends and legends alike on the covers of their seasonal menus.
The Collection is presented here in its entirety, with the full roster of distinguished
contributing artists, photographers, musicians, and writers from the inaugural menu by
Marisol, to a recent edition by Chuck Close.
A new menu cover was created about every 6 months. Almost all the images were made
specifically for the menus, although a few were already in existence and were adapted for the
Chanterelle menu. In addition, some of the images were made for one night special events,
such as annual benefits held for the Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company.
Most of the menus were printed by offset lithography at American Menu Printing,
a small print shop in Manhattan. About 800 copies were printed at the time new menu
artwork was featured. Less than 50 copies were saved for the Chanterelle archives.
The special event menus were printed by silkscreen at Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE).
Less than 100 covers were printed for each event.
Christie’s Fine Art Auctions appraised the Collection in 2009 in order to set a value for the
gift of a full set of menus to the New York Public Library's Print Collection.
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Cookbooks are available:
Chanterelle: The Story and Recipes of a Restaurant Classic
Staff Meals from Chanterelle (Cookbook)