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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.


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


 Roast “Bobo” Chicken

Truffle Sauce

Fingerling Potatoes

Romesco Sauce

Brussels Sprouts  

crisp-roasted with herbs, bacon and lemon


 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.



Hello Nashville!

Just returned from Nashville, where I kicked off my book tour.

There probably aren’t too many people that head to the grocery store as soon as they get off the plane, but in my case, that is exactly what I did in order to prepare for my cooking segments the following day.

Got started with a visit to Tennessee Mornings, followed by a spot on Talk of the Town, where I made a recipe from Friends at the Table: Quinoa Corn Salad with Mint Vinaigrette.

Had a fantastic week, exploring the shops and restaurants of nearby Franklin and Leiper’s Fork. I fell in love with the beautiful rolling hills, and charming tree lined streets. Though I didn’t spot any of the celebrity local residents  like Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, or the Judds, I did discover a few menu items that were new to me.


Have you ever heard of the Meat & 2? I enjoyed barbeque, sweet potato fries, and turnip greens~so good!

It turns out there are restaurants devoted to the concept…..where have I been?

And then there were the fried pickles, also new to me, and surprisingly delicious! We had them mixed together with fried jalapenos, which created an amazing  flavor contrast that had me reaching back into the basket for more.

And then there was the  chocolate chess pie…it’s a good thing I brought my running shoes with me!

I also had the chance to experience Music City at its finest, attending a music showcase at 12th & Porter.

I finished off the trip with a cooking demonstration and book signing at the Viking Culinary Center in Franklin. Thanks to the wonderful staff at Viking for spoiling me! Walking in with all of the prep done is something I am not used to…at all.

I was so excited to meet food blogging friends Beth,  of Eat. Drink. Smile and Leah, of SoHowsitTaste

Spending time with my awesome publicists, Lola Honeybone (on my left, and yes, that is her real name!) and Beth Hood (on my right) completed the trip. They are the best!

I will be headed to the Philadelphia area, teaching another class at the Bryn Mawr Viking Culinary Center on May 5th. If you are in the area, I would love to meet you! You can find out more about this Cinco de Mayo inspired menu/event by clicking here.

I will also be teaching a class at the Garden City, NY Viking on June 25th; details to follow~