Monday, July 25, 2011

chef's night off


hmmmm. what to say about this evening? hmmmmm. hmmmmm. hmmmmm. so many things running through my mind at the moment.


tonight i had a lovely dinner at the "chef's night off" popup put on by evan and sarah rich at radius. susanna and i attended radius before....and were truly taken care of by the "bartender" that evening....which surprisingly turned out to be the owner. so we definitely planned to go back to radius at some point...and the popup event being put on by evan and sarah rich seemed like a perfect opportunity to return to radius. i had enjoyed evan rich's food at coi and the plate he did at a meatpaper event at moma....so i was very interested in seeing what this husband-and-wife team would put together. i'm pretty certain that susanna was also interested in trying their food as well as supporting a friend of hers that was helping out in the kitchen this evening.


richie also decided to join us for the popup this evening as well as vinny. it was nice to formally "meet" vinny as i had seen him working the front of house at various hapa ramen popups at bar tartine as well as seen him a couple of times that i've helped out in the hapa ramen stand...but we hadn't really "met" until this evening. most of the time, folks have no idea that i am foodie hunter ....so it was a wee bit of a surprise that vinny knew. funny how that works out sometimes.

i was definitely looking forward to having a lovely mellow evening with friends this evening.....and the food definitely helped underscore it. the menu was "four courses"....yet, there were also a few small and extra tastes throughout the meal as well. there were a couple of small tastes in the beginning.....including rice crackers seasoned with paprika and lemon.....

and these pepper and cheese croquettes with cilantro.....

our first course which was a chilled corn soup with padron peppers and nasturtium....

this was my favorite course of the evening. i enjoyed the flavors, texture, and color quite a bit. other lovely tastes and dishes that we had tonight included a miso cod with summer stew....


cucumber + melon w/wasabi foam taste.....


the pasta dish that included paperdelle, douglas fir, roasted chicken, and preserved lemon.....


and the meal finished with goat cheese semifreddo, figs, and walnut nougtine (by pastry chef maxime pouvreau).....


sigh. having a lovely mellow meal with friends was a nice way to start off the week. well, it is already well past midnight and i have early morning meetings in a few hours......so alas.....i must grab some sleep as i sense a long work week ahead.

nite all.

xxxoooo.


to find out other dates for the chef's night off popup visit: http://www.facebook.com/ChefsNightOff

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