What did you do Saturday night?
We love to try new eating options and experiences so we went Chef Eddie Hunter's one-night-only pop up at the Irish American Club this past Saturday.
You'll never guess what we had - Garden of Esther fresh pasta!
Chef Eddie - you may recognize his name as the owner-chef of The Watermark Grille in Malabar - put on a fantastic mini-menu and we were tickled to be a part of it.
He whipped our penne into shape with a delicious Bacon Mac & Cheese preparation:
How many kinds of cheese? Three! Sharp cheddar, asiago, and parmesan.
But we weren't the only menu item.
There were also Jerk Spiced Tuna Tacos, made with pan seared ahi tuna, Asian slaw, and Thai garlic chili sauce:
And if somehow neither of those spoke to you, your third option was Empanadas. Made with ground beef, sofrito, Spanish olives, and Caribbean aioli, they were beautiful as well as finger-licking good.
There was some good-natured messing around in addition to all the terrific food.
This is a tough time to be in the restaurant business. Moments like this relieve some of the worries and remind us all - chefs, makers, and eaters alike - of the joy and comfort that can be found in food. Whether you love to cook for others or whether you love to eat, food brings us all together in community.
It was a wonderful chance to sit outside, enjoy the weather, and appreciate the camaraderie that comes from enjoying a meal with friends. Thanks to Derek at the Irish American Club as well as Chef Eddie and Cuisine Machine, not only for featuring Garden of Esther, but for giving us a chance to be a community in these strange time.