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Dinner at ABODE: A Pop Up by Sarah Ashley Schiear & Gregg Drusinsky

Sarah Shiear The Taste

When I found out my friend Sarah Ashley Schiear would be a contestant on the ABC cooking showing The Taste, I couldn’t have been more excited! I have been watching  and cheering for her each week on Tuesday nights as she advances to the next round, one bite at a time.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit Sarah in NYC at her latest undertaking; ABODE,  a pop up restaurant opened in a renovated subway station with fellow team Ludo teammate Gregg Drusinsky.

 ABODE combines the talents of a trained chef (Gregg) and a home cook (Sarah)who share a vision for a new type of dining experience: Homestyle meets fine food.

The atmosphere in this supper club style pop up is casual and chic, with subway tiled walls and communal tables shared by guests; lending a true dinner party feel to the experience.

Debi Shawcross and Sarah Shiear

I was seated at the bar, which I later found out was made from recycled bowling alley floor (how cool is that?) which provided the perfect view of the open air kitchen and the chefs at work.

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The menu, with complimentary pairings:

Crostini to Start

smoked dungeness crab, avocado

butternut squash, ricotta, pistachio oil

mushroom conserva, quail egg

Winter Salad

cauliflower, tangerine, marcona almond

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 Roast “Bobo” Chicken

Truffle Sauce

Fingerling Potatoes

Romesco Sauce

Brussels Sprouts  

crisp-roasted with herbs, bacon and lemon

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 Buttermilk Cakes

Peanut Butter Buttercream

Chocolate and Toasted Almond Topped

 

I found the menu very approachable. The simplicity of the roasted chicken with perfectly crisp skin (Sarah’s home cook approach) combined with the  luxurious truffle sauce (Gregg’s Le Bernardin saucier pro skills definitely at work there!) kind of summed up exactly what Sarah and Gregg are all about in the kitchen at ABODE.

Catching up with Sarah, meeting Gregg (who btw is quite charming in person) and enjoying an amazing evening of food & wine made for a memorable experience.

Grab your chance to reserve a space in their upcoming events here on Eventbrite. In the meantime, here’s a quick video for a look at ABODE. –And don’t forget to keep watching Sarah and Gregg on The Taste; they are among the remaining 10 to compete!

Abode Teaser from Abode Popup on Vimeo.

 

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Ciao Fiore! Virtual Italian Cucina

Ciao Fiore Restaurant
Un Ristorante Alfresco Virtuale

***Press Release

Scheduled opening May 28, 2012 of Ciao Fiore! An enchanting outdoor ristorante on the Mediterranean Coast featuring alfresco dining in an ambrosial flower garden. Chefs Norma from Platanos, Mangoes & Me!, Debi from Table Talk, and Lori Lynn from Taste With The Eyes will meet in the virtual Italian cucina to create a captivating five-star three-course meal enhanced with edible flowers and herbs dal giardino. Reservations are not required.

Ciao Fiore Ristorante
Ciao Fiore!

Ciao Fiore! is a Virtual Restaurant
participating in
The 5 Star Makeover Cooking Group “Restaurant Wars” Competition

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Halibut with Zucchini Ribbons Recipe Featured on TLC!

When Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen contacted me regarding a favorite recipe she could feature on TLC, I instantly thought of my Crispy Halibut with Zucchini Ribbons. This dish  represents  my point of view in the kitchen on a lot of different levels.

As a lover of seafood, I like to let  fish take center stage, adding a few fresh elements to enhance  what’s already going on in the dish without pulling away the spotlight.

I am  a huge fan of dinner parties, focusing the  cooking classes I teach on dinner party fare.  This  entree makes a grand impression on the plate without a lot of effort; making it ideal for entertaining at home, at a fraction of what you would spend going out!

I like to peel  zucchini into ribbons and give them a quick simmer in coconut milk, which adds  color and a bit of movement to the plate. Simple little tricks like this can make a dish stand out.

Inviting  people “in” for dinner is a trend that continues to grow in our troubled economy,  and with a few tricks, you too can make a restaurant worthy meal at home.

Click here to continue reading the article on TLC (and  the recipe!)

~Thank you Jaden 🙂

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