Monday, July 27, 2009

10-Course Al Fresco

As part of my ongoing quest to eat everything in the world before I die, I attended a 10-course dinner thrown by Studiofeast on Saturday night with my friend, Brando . Studiofeast is a supper club started by Brando's brother, Mike. One of Mike's former bosses graciously hosted the dinner on the patio of his beautiful East Village apartment.

The theme for the night was "Al Fresco." The menu with links to pictures are below, or you can check out the full album. Time-lapse video of the prep is here.

Amuse: Konbujime Fluke/Yuzu Kosho/Brown Butter/Tobiko
Soup: Chilled Tomato Consomme/Parmigiano-Reggiano Oil
Appetizer: Beet Carpaccio/Cypress Grove Chevre Humboldt Fog/Walnut/Mint
Salad: Grilled Romaine Heart/Pecorino Romano/Turkish Sun-dried Tomato
Fish: Whole Grilled Sardine/Parsley Salad/Capers
Pasta: Handmade Squid Ink Pasta/Rock Shrimp/Handmade Italian Sausage/Tomato
Sorbet: Raspberry Watermelon/Lemon Zest/Almond Crunch
Beef: Triple-cut Skirt Steak/Crispy Chicken Skin/Kimchee Puree/Grilled Scallion/Truffle Salt
Lamb: 24-hour Lamb Belly/Tzatziki/Candied Pistachio
Dessert: Blueberry Buckle/Vanilla Mascarpone

Every dish was amazing, but the hit of the night was definitely the lamb belly. The meat was so tender and juicy, and the accompanying pistachios, candied using sugar, mint and saffron, were otherworldly. We were fighting for the scraps of an extra serving.

A huge, huge "thank you" goes out to the Studiofeast chefs: Mike and Derrick. The dinner they prepared ranks among the best meals I've ever had.

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