Anna Wintour’s Weird $77.33 No-Vegetable Lunch Revealed

Caprese… without tomatoes? groundbreaking.

Anna: The Biography, the recently released tome about Anna Wintour, 72, reveals secrets about the Vogue editor-in-chief and notorious New York powerhouse.

Of the many shocking revelations from the more than 250 sources Amy Odell spoke to for the book, Wintour’s lunchtime order in particular rocked a few.

“In fact, after Condé Nast moved its offices to 1 World Trade Center, Wintour’s lunch was a steak and a Caprese salad without the tomatoes from the nearby Palm restaurant.”

It takes a lot to question the fashion bible’s curator’s tastes, but her quirky lunchtime order has raised questions. Mainly: what’s a caprese salad without tomatoes? (The answer is cheese.)

The odd lunch order is something Wintour reportedly ordered five to six years ago but is still on the menu at The Palm in Tribeca.

According to Grub Street, the meal plus tip costs $77.33, which is slightly more than the average worker’s lunch today; that could still be a whopping $15 or even hover near $20.

The average cost of a salad is up 11% since last year, but is a Caprese salad still considered a salad without the juicy red tomatoes?

Miranda Brooks, Wintour’s landscape architect for her home in Mastic, Long Island, shared some insight into why the leading fashionista would forgo such an important part of a classic dish.

In the bio, Brooks claims that she tried to convince Wintour to plant a vegetable garden on her 42-acre property, but was shot down because Wintour “doesn’t like vegetables.”

Odell told New York magazine that she learned of the order from two different people.

Anna Wintour is seen ahead of the 2022 Met Gala celebration "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" in the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Wintour, 72, has been editor-in-chief of Vogue since 1988, during which time she has cemented her place at the forefront of the fashion world.
Gilbert Carrasquillo

“Lunch would normally have been picked up by the second assistant,” Odell explained, adding that the deluxe meal would come with a ceramic plate provided by the Palm and then be replated by an assistant.

“You know how in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ we see the assistants toss the plate in an office sink?” Odell continued. “In recent years, the plate would be wrapped up and sent back to the Palm, which would then clean it.”

The strange revelation of Wintour’s meal order is just one of many questions “Anna” has answered, but the book has also raised new questions about the notoriously private person.

Is a Caprese salad still a salad without tomatoes? How is a woman over 65 supposed to eat only red meat and cheese for lunch? How has Wintour reportedly not sampled a vegetable she likes while dining at some of the world’s finest restaurants in over 70 years?

In the words of Miranda Priestly, “Please bore someone else with your questions.”

Leave a Comment