In the last few years, the name ‘Karl Lagerfeld’ has, somewhat surprisingly, been associated with several food and drink related items for the bon vivant. From the perch skin guitar case that he designed back in 2007, which contained six bottles of rare Dom Perignon Rose vintage champagne and three glasses, and sold for a rather gasp-inducing $140,000 at Harrods…to the limited edition Bûche de Noël he created for Parisian pastry emporium Lenôtre the same year; a calorie-laden treat featuring a baked meringue base, powdered spice bread, almonds, sour oranges, and three types of chocolate from such far flung locations as Sao Tomé, the Dominican Republic and Tanzania.
Now, possibly as a reflection of the more subdued times in which we live, he has lent his name to a salad. In case you feel that this is somewhat of a come down, let me hasten to add that this is no mere boring assembly of greenery and dressing. The “Insalata Karl Lagerfeld” is available only at Paris’ La Gioia restaurant (or at its sister site in Saint Tropez) and features Alaskan king crab, Sicilian olive oil, bread crusts, sea salt, black pepper, and lemon juice. A salad fit for a king…or a kaiser.