And just like that, the 670 square foot 1 bedroom 1 bath condo I called home for 3 years is in the rear view. On to bigger (literally) and hopefully better things.
More space along with a gas range and a four burner grill has lead to multiple impromptu dinners and one official kick off Tasting Room event.
The Deep Sea Challenge was actually a last minute request from a friend who was about to go out ocean fishing and crabbing. He couldn't promise me that he'd come back with anything but would let me know approximately 3 hours before dinner was to be served.
Sounded like a fun challenge. Out went the invite email and in came the RSVPs. Menu...TBA.
I hedged my menu with fresh hamachi for the appetizer and shrimp and mussels for the Cioppino but otherwise was at the mercy of my buddy's skills with a rod and reel.
Luckily, he came back with ten rockfish and six dungeness crab and I had prepped appropriately.
Final menu for the Deep Sea Challenge
Avocado, Champagne Grapes, Red Chili, Sea Beans, Black Sesame
Grilled Dungeness Pops
Miso Grilled Rockfish
Japanese Sweet Potato Puree, Soy & Seasame Gai Lan
Candied Walnuts, Vanilla Ice Cream
In the end, the event was fun but very much a challenge. Not knowing what proteins I was going to be dealing with until a couple hours before guests showed up was nerve racking. I suppose it's a similar feeling Iron Chef contestants get before the chairman yells, "Allez Cuisine!" minus the threat of Jeffrey Steingarten criticism.
So now the new kitchen has officially been broken in and I look forward to many more dinners in the near future.
He who eats alone, chokes alone.