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Please share your thoughts about tonight's dinner; I'll be there tomorrow. It is at Alex and Aki's place in Levittown this time, and am looking forward to seeing that.

i'm powering through the remnants of a miserable cold to be there tonight. hope i can taste anything.

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The "Breakfast for Dinner" event was off the hook !! Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day...OK, the morning...so this was a special treat.

Shola has posted about this dinner on his blog as well. I borrowed the names of the dishes from there as he might have made final adjustments to the menu he provided.

There was plenty of good wine and I will leave that to our trusted wine scribe - Brian.

Scallop . Chamomile-Apple Gelee . Breakfast Radish . Celery - the sweetness from the apple complimented the sea-sweet scallop. Delicate yet flavorful.

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Marble Rye Ice Cream . Smoked Char . Sorrel - It would be hard to identify the flavor of the marble rye ice cream in a blind taste test, but it gave a great backdrop to the house smoked salmon. In a way, to me, this dish was about the contrasts - salty, smokey and slightly sweet flavors with creamy and crispy textures and contrasts in temperatures as well.

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Egg Salad "Chiboust" . Caviar . Puffed Parsnip - A simple yet profound bite. Another study in contrasts. The saltiness and the pop from the caviar contrasted the Chiboust and the caviar gently popped in your mouth while the parsnip brought some crunchiness to the party in your mouth. Makes you wish they sold parsnip puffs in stores - Shola, I smell a business opportunity.

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Rainwater Madeira Oatmeal . Roasted Matsutake . Parmesan - A savory delight. You could easily fool someone by introducing this dish as a slightly softer version of a mushroom risotto. Wish they served this at the cafeteria at work - for breakfast or lunch. Will certainly have to try this at home.

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Toasted Croissant Soup . Cheddar Whey Froth . Bacon Wrapped Andouillete - One of the highlights of the night in a dinner full or stellar dishes. The Andouille and Bacon were smokey and super flavorful while the soup had great depth and the cheese whey froth lifted the dish to a new level.

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Spanish Mackerel . Tomatoes . Chermoula - Shola was afraid this dish would not fit into the theme, but there are many cultures who have fish for breakfast besides the British - it is fairly common in the far east. The Chermoula kicked a$$.

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Meadow Run Farm Egg . Triple Chicken Bouillon . White Truffle. Whipped Foie Gras - Looks can be deceiving - this was an umami bomb. The egg was cooked so that the yolk was just set, though I would have liked to try some with a slightly runny yolk.

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"La Ratte" Potato-Oxtail Terrine . Potato-Egg Yolk Foam . Oxtail Jus - On an ordinary day, this version of "steak and eggs" would rock - and it did. However, in this meal of superstars, it did not shine as strong.

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Old Spot Pork Belly . Dulche de Miso . Apple . Fennel . Celeriac - Now, I have had my fair share of pork belly (and yes, I have the belly to prove it) and Shola's pork belly is on top of the list and this was probably the best one I have every had. Just perfect ratio or fat to meat and the skin....ohhh that crispy, crunchy, flavorful skin. If I were a poet, I would write an ode to the pork belly skin. The Dulche de Miso and Sous Vide apple puree were amazing and have been added to my "must try at home list".

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Dessert #1 - Caramel Corn Puffs . Celery Root Milk . Corn Sorbet . Mint - Another simple looking dish, but very unique flavor profiles, making you wish you could have this everyday.

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Dessert #2 - Frozen Butterscotch . Smoked Chocolate . Roasted Banana Sorbet . Bourbon Maple Glazed Benton Bacon - A "Maverick" dessert.... conceptually intriguing, texturally interesting and flavorful.

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Thanks to Shola and my fellow diners, for a very memorable StudioKitchen dinner (some would argue they all are).


Edited by percyn (log)

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I think you have sent inspiration sparks to many a thread viewer here. Cooking what you love, serving guests, teaching, and making a good profit all at the same time - dream job indeed. I am interested as both a host and a guest. What I wonder is how one goes about advertising such an enterprise - website, flyers, word of mouth... It is so special when a private home is turned into a public venue. Brings personal relationships back into the corporate world.

Perhaps one can take a building and turn each apartment into a unique restaurant! Call it Restaurant Mall!

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Studio Kitchen Returns -

With the September opening of his restaurant, Speck, Shola will resume the Studio Kitchen experience. "Nine courses and a few surprises," according to the announcement on the Studio Kitchen blog. Reservations may be purchased, prepaid, on line as tickets. Two four seat counters - communal in that any number up to eight may sign on.


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Damn, those Saturday night seats got snatched up right quick.


I would kill everyone in this room for a drop of sweet beer...

Homer Simpson

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I have seats for Friday night. Based on all the excellent pictures and glowing reviews, I'm pretty excited.


I would kill everyone in this room for a drop of sweet beer...

Homer Simpson

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Unfortunately I had to give up my reservation on Friday, Oct 8th at the Studiokitchen table. It should be available if anyone here would like to jump on it.


I would kill everyone in this room for a drop of sweet beer...

Homer Simpson

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Does anyone know if they're still on track for opening next week? The first studiokitchen seating is for next Wednesday -- only one week away!

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Be careful. You're talking 2 places. Call Shola to confirm.

To my resto friends - always call to confirm!!!


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We must eat; we should eat well.

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Hmmm, haven't been able to eat real food since July 16th due to surgeries and other fun stuff ... this may be a good option for my break fast.


"The perfect lover is one who turns into pizza at 4am."

Charles Pierce

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GRRRRRR

Logged on to the site last week and discovered they started taking reservations again; made one for 12/4. Today it was cancelled and refunded--no explanation. I'm pretty close to being in the camp of "I'll believe it when I see it."

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I've seen it, and I believe it.

Of course I'd rather be sitting at the counter eating, rather than believing in it, but FWIW, I'm confident it's imminent.

I cannot, however, Speckulate on an exact date...


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I've seen it, and I believe it.

Of course I'd rather be sitting at the counter eating, rather than believing in it, but FWIW, I'm confident it's imminent.

I cannot, however, Speckulate on an exact date...

Phil is the man who knows it all, so believe him. Simply ignore his lame pun.

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I've seen it

Seen what? The space? I'm pretty sure what Peter Johnson meant by "it" is a "an open restaurant that I can eat in".

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@Buckethead--you are correct, sir. After two reservations cancelled--the latter on two-days' notice with no explanation--call me a skeptic. But hey, what do I know? :)

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After hearing of many plans for a restaurant over the years, I too was in the same camp as Peter and many others: I'd believe it when there was a plate of food in front of me.

I certainly can't blame anyone for being skeptical, but I'm just saying that after having seen the place quite recently, I believe it. They're certainly not the first place to misjudge the date that they can get the doors open.


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After hearing of many plans for a restaurant over the years, I too was in the same camp as Peter and many others: I'd believe it when there was a plate of food in front of me.

I certainly can't blame anyone for being skeptical, but I'm just saying that after having seen the place quite recently, I believe it. They're certainly not the first place to misjudge the date that they can get the doors open.

Hey Phil,

Do you know if there will be a menu with ala carte dining? Or will it just be one table a night? Will it be more like StudioKitchen or more of a restaurant?

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i think the idea is that it will be both a restaurant doing a la carte dining and shola doing studio kitchen in a designated area of speck.

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