Anna Wintour biographer reveals $77.33 tomato-free salad and steak lunch that Vogue editor used to eat
A biographer has revealed the bizarre $77.33 caprese salad and steak that Anna Wintour used to order for lunch, as well as some of the Vogue editor’s other odd eating habits, including her disdain for all vegetables.
Author Amy Odell spoke to more than 250 friends, acquaintances and former employees of Wintour for her brand new book, Anna: The Biography, released May 3.
In the 430-page biography, Odell revealed many shocking revelations and juicy secrets about the magazine’s CEO, 72 — who was branded by some as the Ice Queen.
But one thing in particular has baffled the internet — and that’s her lunch order.
A biographer has revealed the bizarre $77.33 tomato-free caprese salad and steak that Anna Wintour ordered for lunch
According to author Amy Odell, Wintour’s “go-to lunch” was a steak with a caprese salad from restaurant Palm — and she’d insist on not getting tomatoes in the salad. Lunch is in the picture
According to Odell, Wintour’s “go-to lunch” after Condé Nast moved its offices to One World Trade Center in 2014 was a steak, next to a caprese salad from Palm restaurant in New York City’s Tribeca.
But what makes the order particularly odd is that she would insist on not getting tomatoes in the salad.
A caprese salad normally consists of only three ingredients: mozzarella, basil and tomatoes. So if you remove the red fruit you just get a plate of sliced cheese with some basil (stock photo)
Now, a caprese salad normally consists of just three ingredients — mozzarella, basil and tomatoes — and is usually topped with olive oil.
If you remove the red fruit (tomatoes are technically fruit, not vegetables), you’ll just get a plate of shredded cheese with some basil.
Many readers were stunned by the unusual order and took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
“It literally makes me think that Anna Wintour’s lunch is a $77 caprese salad with no tomatoes and a side dish,” one person wrote.
Anna Wintour’s go-to lunch includes a caprese salad WITHOUT the tomatoes… No tomatoes? Is it a caprese salad?’ asked another user.
Someone else said: ‘[That’s] just a fancy way of asking for mozzarella.”
Many readers were stunned by the unusual order and took to Twitter to share their thoughts
“Hello, I’d like a plate of mozzarella for lunch,” an absolute baller move,” a fourth tweet read.
In the book, Odell said that two people confirmed that Wintour would order this. But she added that she was told this was what she ate years ago, so it’s unclear if she still gets it now.
In the book, Odell said that two different people confirmed that this was indeed what Wintour would order.
However, she explained that she was told this was what she ate five or six years ago, so it’s unclear if she still gets it now.
According to New York Magazine’s Grub Streetthe salad is still on the menu, and the total for lunch comes to just over $77.
“Lunch would normally have been picked up by the second assistant,” Odell told the outlet, adding that the meal would arrive on a ceramic plate provided by the Palm, but the assistant would then re-create it on one of their own. put dishes.
She would then pack the plate it came on and send it back to the restaurant.
“You know how in The Devil Wears Prada we see the assistants throw the plate into an office sink?” Odell continued.
“In recent years, the board was packed up and sent back to the Palm, who then cleaned it.”
Miranda Brooks, Wintour’s landscape designer for her home in Mastic, Long Island, confirmed that tomatoes weren’t the only food the mogul hated, claiming that the 72-year-old once told her she wasn’t a fan of all of them. vegetables.
According to New York Magazine’s Grub Street, the salad is still on the menu and the total for lunch comes to just over $77.
Odell said lunch would be picked up by an assistant, who—despite coming on a Palm ceramic plate—would re-plate it onto one of their own dishes, similar to the scene in The Devil Wears Prada (pictured)
However, unlike in the movie (which is rumored to be based on Wintour) they wouldn’t throw the board away (seen). Instead, Wintour’s assistant would send it back to the Palm
Brooks told Odell that after she suggested Wintour plant a vegetable garden on her 42 acres of land, Wintour told her she “don’t like vegetables.”
Elsewhere in the book, Odell shared plenty of details about preparations for the acclaimed Met Gala – an annual star-studded ball hosted by Wintour and taking place on the first Monday in May at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan.
She claimed that Wintour doesn’t learn the names of the Met staff — instead she just calls them “you” — tries to hide artifacts from the museum that she finds “ugly,” and keeps a list of those “in ‘ And his’. from.’
Former Met Gala planner Stephanie Winston Wolkoff described Wintour as “militant” during the weeks leading up to the gala, as she chatted with Odell before the biography.
During the party, Wolkoff explained that Wintour wants Vogue employees to know every detail about each celebrity’s arrival — including when they’ll get there (each star has their own prearranged time), what car they’re getting into, and what they’re wearing.