One of our favorite chefs teaming up with the chef of one of our favorite Michelin starred restaurants to create a dinner inspired by their memories of summers in Portugal?
Best part was that Jane came with us. It’s her last week in town and so it was especially sweet to share this, our passion for haute cuisine, with her.
Second best part was Chef Mendes’ creamy gaspacho with pickled cucumbers, tri-star strawberries, and ricotta snow (mmmm fun with nitro).
Third best was the crazy abundance of champagne and hors d’oeuvres: oysters with face bacon! pickled mackerel! cherry tomatoes stuffed with chickpea goodness! glorious fried things that exploded in your mouth! you get the idea!
(I hate when there aren’t enough hors d’oeuvres to go around, don’t you? Then you gotta cut a bitch and that is not cute.)
PS: My fellow Top Chef fans will be glad to know Mendes is just as handsome in person. (That’s him with the concentration and the hair.) And he’s dating a food photographer, which for some reason is adorable to me (synergy?).