Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
We did a great benefit dinner for Boxerwood a nature center here in Lexington and also one of my kids favorite places. We featured organic and bio dynamic wines provided by our friends Ryne and Nicolas of Potomac selections and Williams Corner Wines respectfully. It was a great evening and Tyler's last so I put this Vegetable salad on the menu with about 20 some components.
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Saturday, August 15, 2009
Potato Ciabatta. Joshua probably would have eaten all of these if they had let him.
A few snacks to start our meal a slightly spicy cracker topped with crab meat, the soon to be famous olive oil jam cookies and something described as an Indian snack food.
Chilled Vegetable Minestrone
Seeds of Summer
Hamachi and Braised Pork Rib
Squab, Kumquat and Earl Grey Soaked Egg
Not Picture Lamb Kidney with White Chocolate, Black Truffle and Balsamic "raisins"
Gazpacho of Fruits and Vegetables, Olive Oil Madeline
Cold Smoked Chocolate
Ella's Ribeye and Short Rib
Joshua and Gabriel's Pasta and Short Rib
The Kids Ice Cream
I think they Liked It
After a couple days of family camping and the ascent of Virginia's highest peak, Mount Rogers, we decided to treat ourselves to a meal at Townhouse. The meal started with a small selection of snacks including the fantastic Olive oil jam cookies which the kids passed on making all the more for Colleen and I. Also included with the snacks was something called Indian Snackfood a small spoon containing a couple different textures and flavors making for quite an interesting bite. Charlie quickly rescued the spoons from the thieving hands of Gabriel. A couple of the highlights of the meal were the Vegetable Minestrone which was something I had look forward to trying since the first time I had seen it. This contained various pickled and raw vegetables served with a clear vegetable broth with fennel pollen. The chorizo bouillon a dish I had had before seemed to have been even further refined and thoroughly enjoyable. On a whole we enjoyed the whole experience at Townhouse and look forward to returning sans kids, who were looked after very nicely with bowls of pasta and short ribs for the boys and Ella ordering the young lettuce salad and the Ribeye. It was amazing to find this level of commitment to excellence in a place seemingly in the middle of nowhere and I wish the Bishops, John, Karen, Charlie and the entire staff great success in the future and I look forward to returning as soon as possible
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Amuse: Salmon Belly and Pistachio Puree
Hiramasa with Melon Sorbet, Arugula
Charred Octopus with Smoked Balsamic, Pepperoni, Ricotta and Black Olive
Scallops with Grits, Passionfruit, Fava Beans and Black Garlic
Zuchini with Gooseberries, Coconut and Horseradish
Foie Gras with Kiwi, Almond Milk, Cumin
Braised Pork with Corn, Huitalecoche and Peach
Lamb, Hearts of Palm, Peas, Peanut and Porcini Puffs
Pear Sorbet, Peaches, verbena
Chocolate, Cherries, Coconut
My wife and I returned to Lacroix after five years. Previously we had eaten in the kitchen at the chef's table and had an unbelievable experience. We decided to dine in the dining room this time around and had a very good meal with some really fantastic dishes and somethings that I remebe from my previous meal missing. The Hiramasa and Octopus were out of this world. We enjoyed a half bottle of champagne and a nice bottle of Amarone both at half price, a special they are running on Sundays and Mondays. As far as the dissapointments I guess I was suprised by the service it wasn't bad by any strech but they did things that you wouldn't imagine seeing at a restaurant of this caliber i.e. setting the dining room for breakfast at 9:00 while you still have tables and are open for dinner until 10:00, also we weren't really sure who our server was so it made it a little difficult when someone droped our check befroe I had gotten some cheese and an esspresso. Another suprise was the fact that they seemed to no longer give out petit fours or truffles at the end of the meal something that I remember being a source of pride for our server at our previous meal. I hope to go to Lacroix again someday and I will probably eat in the kitchen, but it will not be my first choice next time I am in Philadelphia.