Three of us hit the cooking show Friday night at Rustic Kitchen (thanks Niblet for organizing). We met at the bar to have a glass of wine or two before the show started around 7. They had some fresh potato chips as bar snacks which were tasty but less crisp than I prefer. Alissa, the hostess of the cooking show is adorable and and her cooking assistant, Pepe, was great. When we arrived in the cooking studio there were pizzas waiting for us to snack on. I think we had a margherita, a mushroom and a sausage. I thought the sausage pizza was pretty good and the review of the mushroom was so so. They poured a pinot noir for everyone that I believe was from Oregon and everyone seemed to really like it, as did I though it was a bit jammier than I like. Then we were all served a delicious mint julep. I have no basis for comparison since this was my first one, but I liked it. Once the cooking began, herb encrusted baby New Zealand lamb chops were prepared with fresh artichokes and fava beans. The cooking demonstration was informative for me in that I've never done anything with fresh artichokes or favas. We were then served what was cooked and for $50, I thought it was a decent deal especially given that they constantly filled up our wine glasses.
After the show, we made our way to #9 Park only to find out that they had closed due to the small fire. We ended up at KO Prime for drinks and a few snacks. We each had a margarita of some sort that were so good I can't remember how many we each had (I think at least 3?). We ordered three things to try: bone marrow and oxtail, sweetbread nuggets and steak tartare. My favorite of the three was the bone marrow which was luscious served over crisp toast with the oxtail. I can see myself craving this. The steak tartare was good and clearly about the quality meat though I prefer the Butcher Shop version of steak tartare which has more seasoning. I wasn't a huge fan of the sweetbread nuggets. I do like sweetbreads but there was something about the texture and spicing that I wasn't thrilled with. Overall, I would like to go back and try a full dinner.