Thursday, December 10, 2009

Avery Creek Bistro

I'm looking forward to more posts from here

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Rabbit Liver

Rabbit Liver, Sun Chokes (pickled, roasted, puree),Black Garlic, Beer and Mustard


Boxerwood Dinner

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.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Two Nice pieces for Lexington and The Red Hen:
Wall Street Journal
Budget Travel

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Pierre Gagnaire @ Star Chefs.
A slightly blurry picture of Pierre getting ready to create al minute. Very exciting to watch someone this talented create dishes in the moment. More to come from NYC, Lupa, Le Bernardin, Corton and Bar Masa

Chef Joshua

Market Menu Rabbit

Sous Vide Rabbit Loin with Eggplant, Spatzle, Fromage Blanc, Zinfandel, Lavender and Black Pepper

Saturday, September 5, 2009


Coppa, Lonzino, Finnochiona, Calabrese and Soppressa


Rabbit Bacon, Turnip, Brown Butter, Carrots, Dill, Queen Annes Lace

Monday, August 24, 2009

More Beer

One of the professors at W&L brews some beer on the side he brought a half Gallon of this Berry white and a half gallon of one of the best IPAs I've had.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Smoked Lardo

Smoked Lardo Scallop Melon and Pineapple Sage

Friday, August 21, 2009


I know what it looks like I just don't know how to get there.
tt This fits the M.O.

Carrot Soup

Carrots Raw and Pickled, PX, Curry Parfait, Green Coriander and Tandoori

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Inspired by our camping trip

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Market Menu August 19

Tomato watermelon salad and peaches, blackberries and asian pear

For Tyler

Hope you are enjoying Alinea


Some folks from Terrapin beer out of Athens Georgia stopped by today. They have some really great beers and some interesting things in the works for seasonal beers, like this Imperial Stout. I was particularly fond of the Brown IPA.

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

Peekytoe Crab

Seeds of Summer

Hamachi and Braised Pork Rib

Chorizo Bouillon

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 Salad

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


After offering the kids a dollar a mushroom we came across about 3-5# worth of these guys.

The kids loved the wild Black and Blueberries at Grayson Highland

Almost as much as the Ice Cream at Homestead Creamery.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Lacroix @ The Rittenhouse

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.