Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Upcoming Events & Ticket Information

Chefs Jose "Pepe" Rodriquez,  Imani Greer, Matt Maue & Richard Garcia after James Beard Dinner 2010
Since leaving my previous position I have been fortunate and humbled  to have had a great number of people email me, call or stop by my new location to ask where they can find me and enjoy some of my cuisine in a more formal setting like they have been used to doing for quite some time.

 First off thanks for the support and effort some of you went through to get my contact information. When I decided to pursue a corporate role I was very afraid of losing some very loyal guests that I have come to know and enjoyed cooking for on a regular basis.

While I may not be in the kitchen night after night right now, I do have a list of wine dinners and events scheduled that I hope to see some of you at. And if your in the Metro West area please stop by one of my companies creperies & cafes for a cup of our very own Costa Rican Estate Grown Coffee and a Crepe with this seasons best local ingredients.

Friday, August 13, 2010 7:00 PM
Divas Uncorked, Marthas Vineyard Food & Wine Festival
Vineyard Harvest: Vintners Reception and Dinner

The Sailing Camp Park 177 Barnes Rd. Oak Bluffs
5 Course Wine Dinner
Chef Richard Garcia ( 2009 Boston Rising Star Chef ) & Bill Russell of Westport Rivers Winery
hors d'ourves by Chef Matt Maue of Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro

Saturday October 2, 2010 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Boston Local Food Festival
Boston Waterfront @ Fort Point Channel
The Boston Local Food Festival will overlook the historic Boston Harbor, and is an outdoor autumn celebration of the many virtues of locally grown and produced food. The Festival will showcase the wide diversity of our local and New England food system, by spotlighting local farmers, food businesses, local food and health organizations. The intention is to inspire the growing and eating of Massachusetts grown food, with a special emphasis on fruits and vegetables.

November 5-7, 2010
Foxwoods Food & Wine Festival
MGM Grand @ Foxwoods Resort Casino
More than 40 celebrated chefs and wine & spirits  experts

November 9, 2010 6:30 PM
Celebrate Seafood Dinner Series
New England Aquarium Boston, MA
Celebrate Seafood Dinner is a full evening of food, with a delicious three-course meal, paired with wine, as well as informative and fun cooking demonstrations by Aquarium and Special Guest Chefs. The evening takes place in the Aquarium's Harbor View Cafe and is intended to provide information and knowledge on sustainable seafood choices
Cost is $65 for members, $75 for non-members.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Chefs Gather for Sustainable Seafood

On Tuesday of this past week I was thrilled to be a part of a sustainable seafood "round table"  hosted by Chefs Collaborative, The New England Aquarium & Tony Maws and his team at Craige On Main in Cambridge MA.

The turnout of chefs was amazing and to me it was proof that Sustainable Seafood options are becoming more of a concern within the culinary community.

It was great to hear from chefs directly what there concerns were and what they were doing in their own kitchens to make sure that their seafood selections are sustainable.

Chef Tony Maws made some great points about sourcing from farms or fisheries who may not necessarily be local, but whom he believes to be doing the right thing for the fishing industry, thus justifying his purchase.

One of the most impressive stories came from Chef Kevin Doherty, Executive chef TD Bank North Garden/Regional Chef Delaware North Companies who made it very clear that its difficult for a company and venue of their size to think about sustainability on all fronts, but it was very impressive that his company has put into effect new policies that force the companies chefs across the country to make sustainable seafood choices as part of their mission to change their ways despite being such a large food service operation.

Some other chefs who made it a point to attend and share their practices were Chef Michael Leviton of Lumiere, Michael Scelfo of Russel House Tavern and Temple Bar,  Jason Bond of Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, and Jose Duarte of Taranta who is leading the way in the Boston Restaurant scene with  his research on sustainability and carbon reduction as a way of reducing costs, offsetting an average of 80 metric tons per year, certifying Taranta as one of the few Green Restaurants in the world.

For more information on sustainable seafood choices Chefs Collaborative has put out an interactive web based tool to help teach chefs about making better choices. Green Chefs Blue Oceans is a sustainable seafood course you can take at your own pace. I took this course with my team when it was first launched and it has really helped me understand some of the better choices I can make. 

Friday, July 16, 2010

Roast Chicken

I was going through some photos and came across this one from a cooking lesson I taught to Jen, author of a great food blog called THE TINY URBAN KITCHEN. We made roast chicken and I cant help but want to make one right now.

There’s something  about roasted chickens — perhaps it’s the down-to- earth simplicity, the intoxicating flavors and smells, the comfort that seems to be at the table amongst friends and family, who knows and who cares, the point is that its by far one the best meals you can have if done properly.

As a chef people always ask me what should I cook that will impress my family or dinner guests? Well, this is it.

I'm sure your hoping for a recipe, sorry not today.   But here are some helpful hints to make the perfect roast chicken

Brine: YES YES YES
Want Crispy skin : Rub your chicken dry and then rub with butter and lots of it
Seasonings: here is where its up to you...my favorite is Maine sea salt and fresh cracked pepper
To truss or not: no need for smaller birds 3lbs and below...
Cooking Time and Temp: 3 1/2 pound bird 400 for 90 minutes
Rest: make sure to let it rest for 20 minutes once you take it out, covered loosely with foil

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Details For Celebrate Seafood Dinner

The detail are now up and you can purchase your seats by clicking here....TICKETS

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Celebrate Seafood Dinner Series with Guest Chef Richard Garcia


Please join me November 9th , 2010 at the Celebrate Seafood (sustainable) Dinner Series held at the beautiful New England Aquarium.

I am thrilled to have been invited to prepare and demo a sustainable seafood dinner with an organization who is leading the way in the education of what we should be doing to preserve our seafood bounty.

A Celebrate Seafood Dinner is a full evening of food, with a delicious three-course meal, paired with wine, as well as informative and fun cooking demonstrations by Aquarium and Special Guest Chefs. The evening takes place in the Aquarium's Harbor View Cafe. Cost is $65 for members, $75 for non-members.

The web page is being updated soon with the updated information about my participation and menu for the evening. These events sell out quickly, to purchase your seats follow this link.  BUY TICKETS