Holiday Dinner: Return Trip to Blue Hill at Stone Barns 12/12/09
Posted Dec 15 2009 7:54am
Dan Barber signed our menu and circled
the ingredients that made up our meal :)
Okay folks, Jimmy and I had our third dinner at Blue Hill at Stone Barns this past Saturday and it was even more amazing than our last visit in September. If you caught my briefing on Blue Hill last week, I explained that this restaurant aims to serve farm-to-plate local, seasonal and organic food. However, I did not mention that the chef, Dan Barber, was named the best chef in the country for 2009 by the James Beard Foundation. We caught a peek of him in the back of the restaurant with his chef outfit on, which made us excited! Even more exciting, upon finishing our meal, our waiter brought us into the kitchen for a tour! Dan Barber signed our menu and circled the foods that we ate throughout the evening.
The menu at Stone Barns is unlike any menu I have ever encountered. Instead of listing dishes by name, there is a long and varied assortment of fresh ingredients printed on a page. After perusing it the waiter asks if there is anything on the list that you prefer not eat. He also makes sure to ask if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Jimmy and I do not, and we decided to pass only on the venison and organ meats. Everything else on the menu we fervently agreed to taste. After the waiter walks away the food that follows is a complete surprise! I was there with a pen and notebook (as well as camera) to document it all :)
Jimmy and I did not shy away from choosing the 8 course Farmer's Feast meal. It lasted a little over three hours and, yes, we were stuffed. But stuffed in the best possible way!
Chocolate & Graham Souffle w/ Prunes (and something else)
After Dinner Bites
Pumpkin Seed Brittle
Fresh Vegetables from the Field
Braised Hake w/ Crispy Squid & Pig's Ear
Peanut Butter Yogurt Parfait
I apologize for such dimly lit photos. We did not want to be that crazy couple with the camera flashing every 10 seconds. I would have attached more but it is hard to see them with the lighting. Jimmy will be writing a review of our meal today at his blog Golden Eats. He is much more elaborate and his review is sure to have just a wee bit more detail, plus there will be more pics :)
I highly recommend that anyone within driving distance of Blue Hill at Stone Barns make a trip out to Pocantico Hills and enjoy the gardens, the animals and the food!! It is a once-in-a-life-time, food-altering experience.