Per Se came to Los Angeles this weekend as sous chef Corey Chow brought is usually Brooklyn-based supper club to SilverLake, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
A friend hosted this evening under the stars by opening her backyard and patio to about 30 guests and turning over her kitchen to the skilled hands and palate of Corey Chow. The evening started with cocktials prepared by Kelly Carambula of The Best Remedy. Eagle Rock Brewery supplied an insurmountable number of bottles of Manifesto, Revolution, and Populist. Plus there was wine.
While I sipped my first cocktail of peach juice and whiskey I enjoyed the canapes:
- Tiny kalua pig sanwiches with cucumber and spicy kewpie
- Shishito peppers accompanied with Li Hing Mui salt
In retrospect I was too tentative with the canapes, I could have put away and enjoyed many more than the two of each I allocated for myself.
Corey Chow was introduced and then we moved immediately into his four course menu.
The first course was my favorite! It was a “panzanella” salad with greenmarket tomatoes, lemon cucumbers, red onion, shisho, basil and FRIED MOCHI as a bread substitute to the traditional recipe.
We moved on to a seafood course of pan-roasted seared scallop served with a creamy orzo, compressed peaches, XO sauce, and smoked foie gras.
Third course featured a dry-aged rib eye served with bone marrow stuffed squash, woodear mushrooms, crispy trao, pea shoots, and a black bean jus.
We finished off with a black sesame panna cotta, summer melon granite (my favorite layer of the dish, I could eat layers and layers of this, especially on a hot summer’s night), and a kaffir lime mousse on top.
It was a beautiful evening and I was delighted to have attended.
Josh Lurie of FoodGPS hosted the third annual LA beer float showdown at Eagle Rock Brewery this afternoon. http://www.foodgps.com/la-beer-float-showdown-3/
I’m coming down from being a lil blasted from the event. Mostly because there were open taps from 11:30 to 1:00. I ran the gauntlet with Eagle Rock Brewey’s dark session lager, Solidarity, their hoppy Revolution, and their yeasty Manifesto wit bier. That was all before the beer float competition began!
The competitors were as reported by LAist (copy on competitors) and witnessed by me (photos and some side comments):
Andre Guerrero and Jan Purdy of The Oinkster and Maximiliano, and Jeremy Raub, owner and brewmaster at the GABF gold medal-winning Eagle Rock Brewery.
Vanilla Bean Solidarity with Chocolate Bourbon Ice Cream garnished with cocoa nibs and pig candy. Chefs Andre Guerrero and Jan Purdy participate in Beer Float Showdown with Jeremy Raub of Eagle Rock Brewery.
The crowd favorite and winner of the competition was the host Jeremy Raub of Eagle Rock Brewery and the collaboration if his Vanilla Solidarity floating a chocolate bourbon ice cream with a candied bacon chaser.
CJ Jacobson of The Yard, contestant on Top Chef season three, and Jace Milstead, Certified Cicerone and L.A. representative of the fourteen-time GABF gold medal-winning Firestone Walker Brewing Company.
CJ garnished the glass with caramel and crushed potato chips. The ice cream was, well I forget, but here’s some video of him making it with liquid nitrogen for the beer chicks.
Laurent Quenioux of Vertical Wine Bistro and http://www.bistrolq.com/LQ/SK/Foodings/, contestant on Top Chef’s upcoming ninth season, and Julian Shrago (brewmaster) and Gabe Gordon (owner) of Beachwood BBQ & Brewing.
Thi Tran and Nguyen Tran of Starry Kitchen, and Dave Griffiths (owner & brewmaster) and Cyrena Nouzille (owner) of Ladyface Ale Companie. My WINNER FOR BEST LEDERHOSEN
Another delicious treat was The Eagle Rock and Craftsman collaboration, UNITY. This is a saison style beer brewed with tamarind which makes the beer taste sour.
Try it out while it’s on tap!