Photo by Jarred Gastreich
What do you call the idea of paying for a seven-course dinner when the organizer won't tell you the location? You could call it tempting fate — but that might be a bit overly skeptical on your part. After all, the chef is very much a known entity.
Robin Wheeler has written about food for both Sauce
and the Riverfront Times.
She does recipe development at Larder & Cupboard, cooking demonstrations on Fox-2 and classes everywhere from Dierberg's to Dabble. She also has a history of hosting underground dinners (her first, a six-course vegan affair for 60 people, was in a garden in Dogtown, and used mostly ingredients that were grown right there).
She's calling this one Tempt Fate, and it will be held November 13 somewhere in Metro East. Your $75 entry will cover seven courses and drinks, plus four bands — which Wheeler found by putting out a call for "murder balladeers." Featured performers: The Idea Men, Kat and Casey, Billy Croghan of Les Gruff and the Billy Goats, and Marc Chechik.
And even if the location is a secret for now, the menu isn't. Wheeler is promising these seven courses, all served family-style:
Pork liver pate, country-style mustard with Perennial Artisan Ales Hopfentea Sour Ale, jasmine-scented fruit pickles, French bread.
Smoked chicken bone broth with crispy rice.
Yellow grits, crispy rabbit and lamb liver drizzled with barrel-aged salsa verde and honey, burning tallow candle.
Ginger pickled green tomatoes with tiny cornmeal hush puppies, bread and butter sweet pumpkin pickles.
Espresso stout-braised beef with roasted marrow bones on wild mushrooms and chestnuts.
Whiskey-butter roasted butternut squash with handmade goat milk ricotta mousse.
Autumn fruit lard-crust galette with sorghum black walnut ice cream.
Wheeler notes, "The beverage flights are still being developed, but there will be pumpkin spice bourbon punch (so basic!), a variety of shrub-based drinks (leaded and unleaded), an autumn sangria, and hopefully a coffee course from one of my favorite local roasters."
Pumpkin spice bourbon punch ... yum.
To reserve your seat at the table, visit Brown Paper Tickets
. Wheeler plans to cap the party at 70 guests, so don't wait too long to make your rez.
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