Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Chinoiserie

The SCAN event at the Bull & Bear Club Saturday evening was a ritzy affair, and true to today's food scene, the chefs were rock stars for the night


Jimmy Sneed did not disappoint- he had the crowd in the palm of his hand as he demonstrated the complexities (cream and red peppers) of his signature Sweet Red Pepper Soup with fresh crabmeat- I was not excited about it beforehand, but it stood the test of time and made me a bit nostalgic for the Frog and the Redneck.  He also educated the crowd on the virtues of real salt.







Next up was David Everette, of Williamsburg's  Blue Talon Bistro. He stretched the salad course as far as it could go with Cassoulet Loiseau,  a dish featuring duck confit and escargot with a side microgreen salad with truffled croutons. Salad it was not.  Extraordinary it was.







Jim Zhao, of the upcoming Fat Dragon Chinese Kitchen and Bar, prepared  Grand Marnier Prawns. I am more than excited to have some high end Chinese on the north side ! 

Scott Drewno, of Washington DC's The Source  created a  Lacquered Chinese Duckling, with Steamed Buns and homemade House-Hoisin. The meat was moist and the skin crispy. Perfect to stuff in a freshly steamed roll. 








Peter Chang,  the elusively famous itinerant master of Sichuan cuisine dished up some spicy lamb Chops with sesame noodles.  His food is really special. I have never been exposed to the nuance of spice like Chang serves up.  And we sat at a table with his business partners Gen and Mary Lee- really nice folks.







Saturday, September 01, 2012

Graze at Manakintowne






A Taste of Chinoiserie




The culinary worlds of France and China will be wed  in the upcoming 2nd Annual TASTE Benefit for the Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now), 
A Taste of Chinoiserie. 

It promises to be a fantastic night of food, featuring some of the regions top chefs.  The evening will start with a cocktail reception and proceeds with a seated six-course dinner, with wine pairings.


Chefs include:

Joseph Harris from the Bull and Bear Club will be making appetizers, including
Sweet Chili Thai Shrimp,  Orange/Plum Bacon Wrapped Scallops, Ginger Lime Wontons, and  Spicy Vegetable Wontons

Jimmy Sneed, from Blowtoad will be preparing his signature Sweet Red Pepper Soup with fresh crabmeat- don't think i have enjoyed that soup since his days at the helm of the Frog and the Redneck.

David Everette, of Williamsburg's  Blue Talon Bistro, takes up the salad course with Cassoulet Loiseau,  a cassoulet dish featuring escargot and a microgreen salad with truffled croutons.

Jim Zhao, of the upcoming Fat Dragon Chinese Kitchen and Bar,will be preparing  Grand Marnier Prawns.

Scott Drewno, of Washington DC's The Source  will be preparing  Lacquered Chinese Duckling,  with Steamed Bao & House-Hoisin.

Peter Chang, the elusively famous itinerant master of Sichuan cuisine will be preparing  Sichuan Lamb Chops.



For more information and to buy tickets, visit the event website .