Tupperware and Chef Michael White's TupperClub Launches With Star-Studded Opening Night

John Legend, Ashanti, Deborah Cox, Caroline Rhea, Nanette Lepore and Dhani Jones Among Attendees

Mar 16, 2011, 16:20 ET from Tupperware Brands Corporation

NEW YORK, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tupperware and James Beard award-winning chef Michael White, of the acclaimed restaurants Marea, Ai Fiori and Osteria Morini, launched a two-day, pop-up dining experience called The TupperClub with a star-studded evening that included musicians John Legend, Ashanti and Deborah Cox; actress Caroline Rhea; designer Nanette Lepore, and football stars Dhani Jones and Jonathan Goff. The invitation-only event, which concludes tonight in the penthouse of New York's Setai Hotel, is aimed at bringing back the art of conversation.  

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Chef White prepared dishes meant to spark discussion, including Nova Scotia lobster with burrata, eggplant al funghetto and basil; cavatelli with shrimp, calamari and basil; and loin of veal with cipollini onions, endive and pancetta cream sauce. The meal was prepared using a variety of innovative Tupperware products such as the Quick Chef hand-operated, electricity-free food processor and high-end Chef Series™ knives and cookware. The evening concluded with John Legend and Deborah Cox dueting on "The Promise," a song they co-wrote on her 2008 album of the same name.

All attendees left with a Tupperware gift bag that featured original recipes from Chef White that can be made at home with the included products to re-create the TupperClub experience. The recipes are also available on http://www.facebook.com/TupperwareBrandsCorp.

For the second night of the TupperClub, four invitations were sent to two winners of a contest sponsored by food blog EaterNY, in which readers were asked for haiku submissions recounting an awkward dinner party experience.

"The first night of the TupperClub epitomized everything that Tupperware is about, namely helping people come together over great food," said Tupperware Brands Corporation Chairman and CEO Rick Goings. "That's really what a Tupperware party is about today. It's no longer a bunch of housewives sitting around listening to a sales pitch. It's a girls' night out, in which women cook, share stories and get to know each other. Working with Chef White was a great way to demonstrate that and show how Tupperware products can help anyone make a great meal – from experts like him to people who are just learning their way around a kitchen."

"Last night's TupperClub was everything I hoped it would be and demonstrated exactly what I love about cooking," said Chef Michael White. "A dinner is never just about the food. It's also about the relationships that develop over a great meal. It was wonderful to see that happen last night, and I can't wait for night two."

About Michael White

Michael White is Chef and partner of award-winning New York restaurants Marea, Ai Fiori and Osteria Morini and author of Fiamma: The Essence of Contemporary Italian Cooking. He previously served as executive chef of Fiamma Osteria, Convivio and Alto. White's restaurants have received numerous honors, including James Beard awards, Michelin stars and glowing, three-star reviews from The New York Times. Known for soulful, flavorful interpretations of Italian cuisine, White is a Wisconsin native who trained in Italy with venerated Chef Valentino Marcattilli at Ristorante San Domenico in Imola, studying the hands-on, ingredient-driven cooking style of the Italians. Endlessly inspired by the notion of taste memory, White strives to recreate the sensory feel of true Italian dining experiences with each dish he creates.

About Tupperware Brands Corporation

Tupperware Brands Corporation is a portfolio of global direct selling companies, selling premium innovative products across multiple brands and categories through an independent sales force of 2.6 million. Product brands and categories include design-centric preparation, storage, and serving solutions for the kitchen and home through the Tupperware brand and beauty and personal care products for consumers through the Armand Dupree, Avroy Shlain, BeautiControl, Fuller Cosmetics, NaturCare, Nutrimetics, and Nuvo brands. For more information, log on to www.tupperwarebrands.com.

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