When my friend Kit from The Kittchen asked me to join her at deca for a chef's dinner, I immediately said yes. Who would pass up an opportunity like that? Not only was it a chef's dinner for us to taste some of the newest menu items, but the chef's table was actually set up inside the kitchen. It took an 'open kitchen' to a completely different level.
Chef Martin put careful thought into his newest menu as well as the details of the evening including the table setup, the new plates that arrived earlier that day, the wine parings and the 'wall of fame' that we were the first to sign. All of his ideas came together to make the experience unforgettable. From the menu, we were able to taste the steelhead trout, creamy mushroom soup, charred asparagus with a poached egg, chicken tagine and choucroute garni au mer which consisted of his grandma's sauerkraut recipe, a variety of seafood and lobster sausage. Yes, I said lobster sausage. Since seafood and I frequently hang out together, it was especially fun to try something I had never even heard of before. And yes, it was delicious.
Being a food photographer, you can imagine the frustration I felt when I realized I had forgotten my camera. Rather than seeing it as a missed opportunity, I remembered something I read on Cannelle et Vanille, "They say the best camera is the one you carry with you." Since I had my iPhone, I decided to put it to work. All of the images from this post were taken with my iPhone. Missed opportunity? I think not.
Thank you, Chef Martin... it was a truly delicious experience!
All Images © Regan Baroni 2014.