Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Joel Viehland - Cornwall Covered Bridge Dinner

I had the honor of attending an intimate fairytale-like culinary adventure filled dinner with Joel Viehland of Community Table in Cornwall Connecticut. 13 of us boarded a bus from Pier 40 in NYC for a 2 and 1/2 hour ride to join others who drove. It felt like we were in a movie scene as we got off the bus and it magically disappeared. As I looked ahead I saw the picturesque landscape around this beautiful "Cornwall Covered Bridge", built over the Housatonic River around 1864. A four piece band played music as we enjoyed Krug Champagne, Clos Dubreuil and a "special" Covered Bridge Cocktail. Chef Joel Viehland talked briefly about his Farm to Table approach to cooking and Lisa Simon of the Garagista Group spoke about the wine "Clos Dubreuil, St-Emilion Grand Cru 2010". and the wineries and Family that produced this magical elixir! (remember it is a fairytale-like culinary adventure) I mingled by the River and had some wonderful passed hors d'oeuvre and a table full of cheeses, nuts, honey and breads. 

Dinner: As I approached the entrance of this beautiful Covered Bridge I took a deep breath and smiled. Every attention to detail taken care of from the simple lights and table scape created by Michael Trapp. I was in a movie scene and wanted to enjoy everything from the smells to the sights. I believe there were 85 people from all over and with such diverse lives and stories. The food was a like an orchestra each plate, each taste, each ingredient composed By Chef Viehland was a symphony being felt through every part of your body to transcend you to a place where you have never gone before; well at least I have never been before. 

Desserts: A perfect ending to a Symphony, these works of art we call desserts, were the most talked about pieces. We were all saying we ate a plentiful amount but not really feeling "full" and these beautiful works of art appeared and we ate it all. My favorite dessert if I had to pick was the buttermilk custard, concord grape, yuzu, buckwheat, st. george gin ice cream! There was a silence at our table as it arrived, then the look over I turned the dish as to delight in every angle. I next put a taste of buttermilk custard in my mouth and it went to the top of my mouth and the taste of fresh buttermilk lingered I spooned in for some gin ice cream and concord grape the tastes were divine. You want to know where the buckwheat fits in? To me it was the fairy pixi dust placed on the side to bring a certain tiny crunch to it all. The textures, the design, the placement....and the Taste total Divinity! 
It was time to say goodbye to friends whom we had just met hours before. As I boarded the bus back to New York City I turned around and smiled goodbye thank you for the memories.
Thank you Chef Joel Viehland and everyone who helped with this event! 

Special Covered Bridge Drink 

Joel  Viehland and Lisa Simon

Michael Trapp Tablescape

Chilled Cucumber & Champagne  Soup with a piece of smoked John Dory fish
Served with: Krug Grande Cuvee NV

Home Made Bread

Connecticut Royal Red Shrimp, White Currants, Fresh Milk, Dill, Tarragon
served with: Krug Grande Cuvee NV

Heirloom Tomatoes, Burrata, Aged apple Vinegar, Olive Oil, Basil & Onion
Served With: Clos Dubreuil, St-Emilion Grand Cru 2010


Lamb Asada, Aji, Mint, Black Garlic, Smoked Potatoes, Caper Anchovy Aioli,
Kale, Peaches, Grilled Red Onion
Served With:  Clos Dubreuil, St-Emilion Grand Cru 2010

My Plate

Buttermilk Custard, Concord Grape, Yuzu, Buckwheat, St. George Gin Ice Cream

Cannoli Hazelnut, Ricotta Gelato, Rye, Nutella

Champagne Chocolate Mignardises
Served With: Haut Charmes, Sauternes 2009

Eventbrite:  All tickets sold benefit the Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

MY NY - DKNY and influenster perfume launch

Sorry I have been missing this Summer. I really meant to blog but then time just got away from me. I have received many e-mails asking if I was ever blogging again and so I thought I would share some Summer fun first.

On August 19, 2014 influenster celebrated the Launch of DKNY new Perfume #MYNY. The event was being held outside of Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District and Rita Ora, Chrissy Teigen, DKNY staff, influenster Team and Dominique Ansel were on hand for the launch. I only got to see Chrissy Teigen and Dominique Ansel. The line to get into the small space was crazy long as it was not just "influenster" invites. Everyone on the street that was in the area just got on line and so after close to 2 hours I had to go back to work. Bummer, but I did get to meet Chrissy and Dominique and get a sample of perfume and a pretzel! Dominique Ansel was the creator of the Cronut and now the pretzel Lobster Tail and made the cute heart shaped Pretzels (the shape of the perfume bottle). Amazing staff  and I loved the DJ. What fun right in the middle of the Flatiron a DJ spinning some great tunes. Going to try to figure out how influenster and their wonderful vox boxes works. xoox

They gave us water since the lines were long and very hot out

The DJ

Perfume Sample

Chrissy Teigen and Dominique Ansel

Chrissy Teigen and Dominique Ansel

Dominique Ansel's Heart shaped Pretzels