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Monday, September 19, 2011

Draft Menu for Autism Speaks Event

Passed Food:

Broccoli Soup, Cheddar Crisp
Shrimp, Citrus, Cucumber, Grilled Jalapeno (On Toasted Baguette)
Wild Mushroom Arancini, White Truffle Aioli
Crispy Flat Bread, Caramelized Onion, Parmesan, Ricotta, Lemon
Steamed Buns, Pork Belly, Cucumber, Carrot, Lime

1st Course

Roasted and Raw Beets, Orange, Yogurt, Tarragon, Crispy Parsnip


Butter Poached Oyster, Celery Root Puree, Pickled Celery, Celery Leaf Pesto

2nd Course

Fresh Ravioli, Lemon Thyme Ricotta, Chorizo, Confit Cherry Tomato, Sherry Reduction, Micro Arugula


Rutabaga Soup, Curry, Mascarpone, Slow Roasted Rutabaga

3rd Course

Grilled Quail, Concord Grape and Red Wine Reduction, Confit Salsify, Pickled Grapes


Pan-Seared Chicken Breast, Confit Leg, Morcilla Sausage, Potato Puree, Crispy Brussels Sprouts, BĂ©arnaise

4th Course

Braised Lamb Neck, Wilted Swiss Chard, Pickled Swiss Chard Stem, Grits


Grilled Hanger Steak, Soy, Lime, Whiskey, Seared Bock Choy, Jicama Salad

5th Course

Apple Ice Cream, Dry Caramel, Spiced Peanuts, Peanut Butter Tuile

6th Course

Caramelized White Chocolate Cake, Salted Dark Chocolate Crumbs, Pineapple Sorbet, Toasted Coconut, Coconut Ganache

What are your thoughts? I will post how I will make these dishes shortly.



  1. Looks amazing! For the oyster dish, instead of using celery root for the puree you could use salsify so you still get still get a similar effect but with an oyster flavour. I see you are already using salsify for the quail dish though. I especially love the fusion ideas you've got going with the steak dish.

    I think everything will come down to your cooking techniques and execution.You could try asking Dave Arnold's advice. It would have been awesome if you could have asked Nathan Myrhvold when he was on the Cooking Issues show a few weeks back!

  2. Thanks for the support and tips. To get oyster flavor into the celery root puree I am going to puree the celery root with the oyster liquor and butter. Never tried this, but it seems like a good idea to me.