As for the dinner, after a brief discussion with Esther, who wanted local and organic foods as much as possible, and a light starter and dessert, I decided on what I call a Modern Classic for the entree, the likeable Chicken Marbella.
I always request my clients to have a chat with me on the phone. I need to speak with them to get a sense of what might be the right menu. It might sound silly and mystical but I get an intuitive feeling for the basics. The numerous garnishes come later.
Most often people send me an email that asks about cost alone. This give me very little to go by. Like where, how many people, what type of food, how many courses, and so on. I can't give anyone a price or an estimate until I know all those things at a minimum. And I need to hear their voice. I really only want to cook for people I like. It's what makes the food good.
So that said I'd like to share with you the menu for this particular dinner and a couple of photos. It's very rare, in the midst of cooking and plating that I even remember to take any photos so that is why there are so few on this blog.
Here is the menu:
Autumn Salad Greens with pecans, grapes, persimmons
Rusty Plough Farm, Ellenville, NY
Ginger or Citrus Vinaigrette
Bread Alone, Woodstock, NY
Chicken Marbella with prunes, capers, olives
Butternut Squash Ribbons with garlic & thyme
crispy Brussels Sprouts with balsamic
Fried Leeks garnish
Free Bird Farm, Palentive Bridge, NY
Maynard Farms, Ulster Farms, NY
Wild Hive Community Grain Project, Clinton Corners, NY
Chickens : campenelli’s poultry farm, kenora lake, ny
Milk & cream : ronnybrook farm, amcramdale, ny
Pears poached in white wine, vanilla & cinnamon
Stuffed with Mascarpone,
coated with semi-sweet Chocolate ganache, mint
Homemade langue du chat cookie
Toussaint - Sprout Creek Farm, Poughkeepsie, NY
Chevre - Acorn Hill Farm, Walker Valley, NY
Red Beard - Chaseholm Farm, Pine Plains, NY
Concord Grapes - Tousey Farm, Clermont, NY
|Chicken on a bed of creamy polenta, butternut squash ribbons, |
crispy Brussels sprouts, topped with crispy leeks