Brush Strokes

My buddy John Tesar is back from his food-gasm inducing trip to Europe. If you missed his blog posts, it’s worth taking a look. He recently hit France, Italy, and the new Mecca of gastronomic inspiration – Spain. While discussing his travels, one hears tale of moments of true magic. The clarity that comes from experiencing the perfect environment. Sights, sounds, smells – each influencing everything that you taste. There are many benefits of having a friend that loves food even more than yourself (not to mention one that has a pretty sweet sandbox to play in.) Among them is that once in awhile he runs into the kitchen, you know – just to add substance to the discussion. Well, right after he got back last week, we had time to BS one evening. Here are a couple wonderful “moments” I enjoyed. Chef has some exciting plans for the fall menu, up and down the various Mansion dining options. These were just for fun, we’ll have to wait and see what he has up his sleeve.


^ Left: Mansion Gravlox w/ Apple, Cucumber and Dill – classic.
Right ^: Cannaloni w/ Short Ribs, Borage, Pecerino Cheese, Tomato and Basil. The kicker on this one was a glass of Montipulciano from the Masciarelli Family of Abruzzo. It was magic.


And, of course, some cheese – It could be worse, my friends…!