Went to the Book and the Cook at Jack's last night featuring Moosewood's latest offering -- a new book on party/entertaining food. The place was pretty full. The Firehouse staff cooked under the direction of two Moosewood chefs, who circulated around the room checking on everyone. They were very nice.
The three course meal offered a choice of curried squash and apple soup, burritos with a spicy vegetable saute, and a bitter greens salad for appetizers. We ended up with the soup and burritos. The soup was nice, but I've made much the same at home. The vegetable burritos were tasty and very filling, but served in what I believe were store-bought wrappers.
For main entrees there was a vegetable lasagna with roasted garlic, moo shu (sp?) vegetables, and grilled shrimp or tofu. We went for the lasagna and moo. I thought the lasagna was OK, but I wouldn't rush out to buy or make it again. Waay too much roasted garlic in there, which overwhelmed the spinach and cheese. A woman in the bathroom thought it was great, tho, so needless to say it hit different people differently. The Moo Shu was lots of shredded veggies -- mostly carrots and squash it appeared, in a tomatoey sauce. The dish was served by 3 HUGE pancake wrappers that overwhelmed the plate. I'm not sure what the point was but it looked kind of silly and was a waste. That was just OK too -- I'd consider it a failure if I'd made it at home.
Dessert was a choice of a cranberry tart with dark , a white choclate cake and something else I forget. We shared the cranberry tart in an almond crust drizzled with a good dark chocolate ganache. Quite deeply flavored and yummy-- the highlight of the meal. The other dessert was packed up to go as we were quite full by then, so I never tasted it.
All in all, the meal was just OK. Service was very good. We shared a bottle of merlot and the total for three of us including a decent tip was $173. It wasn't too expensive but I wouldn't do it again for B&C any way. None of us bought the book. I've been cooking out of the original two Molly Ivans for 25 years and done better at home. I've had better meals at Jack's too but I and will go back for their venison or a beer and a pulled pork sandwich.