James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour Lands in Minnesota
Foodies crowded into Eastside in downtown Minneapolis for the Celebrity Chef Dinner.
It’s not every day that the James Beard House takes its dinner on the road, so we thought we’d give you the menu of the Minneapolis stop of the Celebrity Chef Tour, held at Eastside in Minneapolis, April 14 (highlights from the event will be in the editor’s letter in the May issue).
Organizers of the event had to make a last minute email flurry to the guests to let them know the event was being held at the 180-seat Eastside and not the 55-seats sister restaurant, Grand Café, as the original invitation stated. “If anyone went to Grand first, please don’t hold up your hand,” the Beard representative joked.
And even in the larger restaurant, the tables were close and the thanks to generous pours, the company jolly.
Here’s a rundown on the feast:
From Chefs Britt St. Clair, Ryan Cook and Jamie Malone of host Eastside and Grand Café:
Pistachio Crusted Pork Paté in Croute and Foie Gras Orange
Paired with Lambrusco Rosé, Cleto Chiarli, Emilia-Romagna, Italy MV
Chef Tim McKee of Octo Fishbar and a James Beard award winner
Grilled Swordfish with Garlic, Za’atar and Mezze
Paired with “Alfonso’s Special Herbs” Mediterranean Vermut, Amontillado, Moscatel, Absinth —Tres Leches
Chef Lee Wolen of Boka in Chicago
Lightly Grilled Baby Artichokes with Sorrel, Aged Beef Fat and Smoked Scallop
Paired with Gruer Veltliner, Gritsch, Wachau, Austria 2017
Chef Daniel del Prado of Martina and Colita
Octopus, Bone Marrow, Bordelaise with Grilled Bread and Persillade
Paired with Ribeiro Tinto Clásico, Vina Mein, Galicia, Spain 2016
Chef Abe Conlon of Fat Rice in Chicago, also a James Beard Award winner
Roast Shoulder of Lamb with Tamarind, Broccoli-Peanut Uttapam Rice Cake, Chili Masala, Sweetbreads, Lemon Achar, Coconut Yogurt
Chefs Jen Schad and Ryan Cook of Grand and Eastside
Cake Extravaganza: Almond Rhubarb, Opera, Lemon Meringue, Cherry Bundt, Carrot, Chocolate Bundt
Paired with Mother’s Milk, Vermut di Negroni, Liquer di Grappillion, Fernet Martina —Tres Leches
Marco Zappia of Martina and Colita and Ambrose Burke of Eastside were the drink masters for the event.
Sponsors included:Us Bank, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, The Wine Company, New France Wine Company
|The line-up for the Cake Extravaganza.|
|Pistachio Crusted Pork Pate en Croute|
|US Bank provided salt cellars as a take
home gift, made by the artists at Northern Clay Center.