Food For The Night

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I think these were served in the order starting with the caviar and then going clockwise from there, but who remembers? A couple of details stand out – the Pommery mustard sauce was an inspiration from a meal at Charlie Trotter’s, where I’d gone for an interview to be his head sommelier at his soon to be opening Las Vegas restaurant – I spent a day between the kitchen and dining room, then sat down to a full tasting menu, spent the night at his home, and then flew back to NYC. I didn’t get the job, which turned out to be a blessing as I doubt I’d have liked Las Vegas as a place to live, and the restaurant didn’t last long. The scallops with the sherry bacon vinaigrette was a riff on an amuse bouche we served at Mondrian restaurant when I interned under Tom Colicchio after having gone back to school to hone some skills.

Osetra Caviar & Creme Fraiche

Salmon & Sea Bass Sashimi &
Beef Tartare, Lime, Mint &
Pommery Mustard Sauce

Tomato Herb Broth,
Seared Sea Scallops
& Sherry Bacon Sauce

Pan Roast Duck Breast, Celeriac Purée,
Swiss Chard, Roasted Shallots,
& Tangerine Reduction Sauce

Mascarpone Basilica & Bartlett Pears

Almond Tuiles,
Earl Grey Ice Cream
& Cocoa Dust

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