Went with a group of friends last night to the Johnson and Wales University Distinguished Visiting Chef Series dinner, at the campus in N. Miami Beach. The chef was Marcus Samuelsson from Aquavit in New York and the sommelier was Michael Honig.
I had never gone to one of their dinners, but our friends had and got us all tickets. It's $65. for dinner paired with wines; champagne before. Students work with the chef, so service can be uneven, but the spirit is wonderful, and the room is very nice.
a surprise amuse of salmon tartare in a small bowl and a small cup of carrot soup to pour over it - delicious.
Tandoori smoked salmon and goat cheese terrine; a terrific combination, the salmon was a thick, long, narrow slice - cold smoked I think, and the goat cheese was almost a sour cream consistancy.
Lobster roll - this was beautiful - a long cigar of lobster with tomato rolled in thin slices of pear, and a citrus aioli;
Coffee roasted duck with foie gras ganache - wonderful thick pieces of duck that was steak-like and a timbale-ish foie gras that you broke open to create a sauce. Oh my...
Dessert was amazing - a creamy poppy seed parfait in a demi-tasse cup with pine nuts at the bottom and a tiny molten chocolate cake with it.
The wines were nicely paired, Sauvignon blancs and a cabernet savignon for the duck.
All in all a terrific meal and a nice event for the school and the students. ( and a good deal! ) If you get a chance to go to one of these I would encourage you to go!