The time has come for #TryitTuesday and today’s post is all about The Food Market and their Private Kitchen experience.
I know, I’ve talked about The Food Market before – but this past Saturday I was able to experience it in a whole new light and fall in love all over again.
The first time I heard about the private kitchen at the Food Market I had wanted to try it – the price was a bit steep though as we would have had to pay a room fee ($300) and then about $100 per person. Luckily for me they came out with a one time per month seating where it’s only $80 per person and you get to experience the private kitchen in all it’s glory! The max seating is 12 persons but this past Saturday there were only six of us in total – so we really got a good amount of one on one time with the Chef.
If you’re #cravingcurrently an amazing five course meal paired with fabulous wine you need to continue reading – and then immediately book the April seating for the Private Kitchen.
To be honest – knowing that we were going to be sitting with strangers made me a bit nervous at first – but the second we met the two other couples we were to be spending the next two hours with my anxiety subsided. They were also obsessed with food so I knew I could trust them. #mypeople
Let me take a step back though – we arrived at the resturant and checked in with the hostess – no more than three minutes later we were being wisked through the resturant to the basement (yes the basement). To my surprise, down some stairs and past employee aprons, we arrived at the most beautiful table setting in a petite kitchen. We took a seat, the Chef introduced himself and explained that he was going to have us get started with just some little bites while he started on our first (of FIVE) courses.
Yes, apps..pre-five courses (heaven).
When they brought out the Amish Pretzels with Beer Cheese and the Buffalo Fried Pickles my mouth literally dropped open – my two favorite appetizers, together!
As we were enjoying these amazing snacks the Chef went on explaining how he was preparing the Chicken Broth – our 1st course.
Pictured above – the broth was poured table side over top mire poix (which I learned is a roughly chopped vegetable cut, usually a mixture of onions, carrots, and celery), prosciutto, fresh pasta and whipped asiago. The textures and the flavor was out of this world!
Our second plate was a pear stuffed with goat cheese.
The pear had been soaked in a champange mixture earlier that day and then was perfectly stuffed with goat cheese and served with mixed greens, rasberries and pecans. I think someone else at the table said exactly what I was thinking – “anything stuffed with goat cheese is for me”.
Our third course was sea bass.
As you can tell from the photo – this was not just any sea bass. It was served with lump crab and a basil dressing mixture. The sea bass was cooked PERFECTLY, I honestly have never had anything so delicious – a perfect blend of warm and cold.
Our fourth course was charred lamb – which I think was my favorite.
I’ve never had lamb before so I don’t have much to compare but the flavor and perfect tenderness made this to be my favorite dish. Served with asparagus, roasted potatoes, porcini cream and some raw portabellas on top – everything paired superbly.
The fifth and final dish was the perfect endng to an amazing meal – S’mores.
I had to show both sides of this masterpiece – pot de creme, torched marshmallow, hickory bubbles (to make you feel like you were eating this around a campfire) and a homemade cookie graham cracker – all topped with a strawberry.
Each of these dishes were paired with a wonderful either red or white wine as well – unfortunately I didn’t get pictures of all the wines but I could tell they were picked with care as each one was a true compliment to the Chef’s menu.
All in all – I was #STUFFED by the end of this experience – A++.
And now, I’d say I’m equal parts hungry as I am eager to get back for another round of each of these dishes. I’ll defintiely be back for another experience in the Private Kitchen – because I just <3 the Food Market so much.