Tuesday, August 30, 2011

PushStart Kitchen Brimingham

Mr. Branden setting the table
"Remember your roots."  This past weekend, my sister and I took our little circus on the road to Birmingham, where my career in food began over ten years ago.  A homecoming of sorts this time to cook for what turned out to be an anniversary for three couples and 24 of their friends.  Despite the size of the group (our biggest party yet) it felt like family and we all had a great time, cooking, talking, laughing and best of all, eating.  Thanks to the efforts of Branden, Trevor, and Will our kitchen assistants for the evening, everything went as smooth as could and I saw, at the end of the table, how much we truly have to be thankful for.  Here are a few photos of the evening.

Proof that it's Summer

Fried lotus root

show time

First course

Heirloom tomato, young cucumber, pickled okra, chicharron powder,  lemon  mayo, arugula

Basil seed and fried lotus garnish

Party time

Sous vide beef petit tender, shrimp louie, romesco, grits, charred onion, yellow chive

Colombian brown sugar bread pudding, sweet corn ice cream, rum honey, dried fig,  Hawaiian black salt

The crew

Lemongrass moonshine and some jackass


Me working through my stage fright

We wanted to say a warm thank you and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Taylor, Jason, John and their lovely wives.  We hope that we can be there to celebrate your anniversary again, even if it's just in spirit!  We had a great time and look forward to feeding you all again soon!

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