Monday, May 27, 2013

Warby Parker in The Salon

Warby Parker sells eye glasses online and they have been marketing themselves by traveling in a big bus they use as sort of a showroom as they visit different brand makers across the country (they visited us here). This tour is called their "Class Trip" and as it came to a close here in Los Angeles, Taylor who runs it, wanted to have a little dinner for some local fashion forward bloggers in The Salon to introduce them to her company and to have some conversation about online marketing ideas.

Our friends Joy and Bonnie were among the guests trying on some glasses and getting photographed in them while they sipped cocktails and snacked on some tray passed appetizers.

VEGAN Fava Bean Mousse with Pea Tendrils, Fried Peas, Preserved Lemon + Torn Crouton

Baby Spinach Ravioli Parmigiana with Italian Bread Crumbs + Spicy Cherry Tomato Sauce

VEGAN Collard green "Burritos" with Crispy Cauliflower, Cashew Cheese, Pico de Gallo + Avocado Cream

Corned Beef + Pickled Cabbage on a Potato Latke with Thousand Island

It was a small enough group that everyone could fit around the U-shaped table (it seats up to 12) where Matt cooked for them which makes for such a lovely and intimate evening. Here he mixes greens from our garden and plates it in the middle of the table. As the guests ate, he prepped the pasta course.

Matt served our house made cavatelli for the pasta course. It's made with ricotta but kids won't go near it because they think it looks like bugs. Their loss, it's pasta that has cheese in it and by nature of it's shape it laps up more of whatever sauce it's draped in for each bite. Pretty perfect, right? 

You may have already heard here, we got our liquor license this year so we are now able to sell and make our own wines. We made a Syrah we call Scarlet and a Sauvignon Blanc we call Bianca, keeping it simple with the names and the labels.

It's a very dramatic entrance for a whole fish to be presented in The Salon. We did it for the Habit Dinner here. There's always a collective Ohhhhhhh! Ahhhhhh! Matt is very fast at fabricating so it's really fascinating to sit in front of him to watch him expertly carve a fish.

We made a tea of lemongrass and thyme with fish broth that perfumed the whole room with it's pretty aromatics as Matt poured it over each dish.

Matt finishes this delicate entree with a more pungent and exotic fish sauce that provided a contrast of color as it elegantly poised itself atop the broth.

Photos: Jennifer Emerling

Of course then dessert. We had gotten in a ton of ripe organic bananas so we decided to turn on some fire for a Coconut Bananas Foster with some house made coconut ice cream, house made graham cookies, chantilly cream and coconut crumble.

It was so lovely, the whole evening. Thanks Warby Parker for calling upon us to host your Los Angles dinner adieu! 

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