by Blair Loup
It's happening! Team Bite and Booze has officially hit the pavement in the wee morning hours and are on our way to the Big Apple to serve up a tailgating-inspired menu at the James Beard House.
It's taken several months of planning and practicing, but after our preview dinner hosted by the Louisiana Culinary Institute
last Friday, I am confident that those who bought tickets to our New York dinner are in for an amazing feast.
Friday night's preview dinner went incredibly smooth. That can be credited, in part, to our amazing team: Chef Aimee Tortorich
, Chef Eusebio Gongora
, Chef Shelly Flash
, Chuck P and our ever eager intern Drew Broussard, but we could not have pulled it off without the help from the Louisiana Culinary Institute's students, chef instructors and administrative staff who volunteered their time.
I'm happy to say that we had over 100 guests in attendance! We cannot thank those supporters enough. Time and time again, no matter what new venture Jay steers us toward, you're always there to cheer us on and each member of our team appreciates it.
Passed Hors d'Oeuvres:
|Red Bean & Rice Balls topped with Jay D's Barbecue Aiolï and Pickled Red Onions|
|Bacon-Wrapped Duck Breast stuffed with Creole Cream Cheese and Jalapeño|
|Jay D's Molasses Mustard Deviled Egg topped with Pickled Shrimp, Pickled Mustard Seeds and Serrano|
|Sweet Potato Chips tossed in Jay D's Spicy & Sweet BBQ Rub topped with Iverstine Family Farms Pork Belly and Blackberry Bourbon Jam|
|Quail and Andouille Gumbo over Louisiana Rice|
|Crawfish Etoufée smothered Fried Catfish with Stone-Ground Grits and Mustard Greens|
|Blackened Red Snapper with Cajun Tasso Corn Macquechoux and Jalapeño Relish|
|Venison Tenderloin with Chimichurri and Okra 3 Ways (stewed, pickled and fried)|
|Jay's Granny's famous Cinnamon Pecan Rolls|
Thanks so much to all of our sponsors for this James Beard Foundation journey:
Additionally, we'd like to thank Indie Plate, Slap Ya Mama, Swamp Pop, Tony's Seafood, the Louisiana Culinary Institute, Caféciteaux, Jay D's
and Red Stick Spice Company. We have intentionally incorporated products from these local companies and constantly rely on their help and the support from those who have sponsored our journey, ingredients and beverages for Jay's Tailgate on 12th James Beard Dinner.
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