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Wine Down Wednesday featuring Chef Chad 11/28/2018

Q: What’s your earliest food memory?

CC: My parents’ and grandparents’ kitchens. My Papa had a lake that had lots of catfish where we’d go fishing and cook it southern style after. 

Q: Who has influenced your cooking the most?

CC: My dad and grandmother. 

Q: What’s your favorite go-to ingredient?

CC: Potatoes. I can do anything with potatoes.

Q: What are some of your signature dishes?

CC: Good colcannon, enchiladas, and gourmet burgers.

Q: What did you choose to make for Wine Down Wednesday?

CC: Chicken Fried Steak, mash, and veggies paired with Prince de Lise, Blanc de Blancs Brut, champagne.

Q: What was the inspiration for the dish?

CC: It got me into eating meat again. I had been a vegetarian since I was 23 and Chicken Fried Steak got me. 

Q: If you could cook a meal for anyone, who would it be?

CC: My mom.

Q: Dumbest thing you’ve ever done with food or in a kitchen?

CC: Mac & Cheese with sour cream, and an onion glaze. It wasn’t edible. I’d advise to not try it. 

Q: What would we find in your kitchen at home?

CC: Pork loin and potatoes for sure. Carrots, celery, and a handful of spices.

Q: Most memorable meal? 

CC: With my mom and dad at a steakhouse by the woods. I love their Chicken Fried Steak.

Q: What food is your guilty pleasure?

CC: Burgers, not good for you. But I love ‘em.

Q: What’s your last meal on earth, if you had the chance to choose?

CC: Chicken Fried Steak breakfast would be a good comforting meal. 

Wine Down Wednesday featuring Chef Jim

Q: What’s your earliest food memory?

CJ: Young and microwaving pizza.

Q: Who has influenced your cooking the most?

CJ: The internet and travel channel. I enjoyed watching Andrew Zimmern on Bizarre Foods and Anthony Bourdain on No Reservations.

Q: What’s your favorite go-to ingredient?

CJ: Chicken thighs

Q: What are some of your signature dishes?

CJ: Cajun chicken, coleslaw, collards,  Guinness beef stew and green curry.

Q: What did you choose to make for Wine Down Wednesday?

CJ: Peruvian tamarind citrus chicken over amaranth with tres leches for dessert.

Q: What was the inspiration for the dish?

CJ: Gas station chicken place that does Peruvian chicken off St. Johns.

Q: If you could cook a meal for anyone, who would it be?

CJ: Chris Farley, he would be a fun guy to eat a ton of food with.

Q: Dumbest thing you’ve ever done with food or in a kitchen?

CJ: When I was sixteen working in a pizza shop. My coworkers made garlic and cinnamon sticks. We also made garlic chicken wings and thought it was a great idea to make cinnawings and dip it in frosting. It sounds worse than you think.

Q: What would we find in your kitchen at home?

CJ: Lots of hot sauce, apple cider vinegar, and grape seed oil.

Q: Most memorable meal?

CJ: First time I had tacos in Austin.

Q: What food is your guilty pleasure?

CJ: Ketchup and Mayo too much. Also, meat sticks, gas station meat sticks.

Q: What’s your last meal on earth, if you had the chance to choose?

CJ: Gyro, fries and General Tso’s chicken.

Wine Down Wednesday: Chef Kyle talks Japanese Curry

Q.What’s your earliest food memory?

CK: Learning how to make eggs with my mom.

Q. What’s your favorite go-to ingredient?

CK: GARLIC!

Q. What are some of your signature dishes?

CK: Japanese Curry and breakfast heart attacks.

Q. What did you choose to make for Wine Down Wednesday?

CK: Japanese Curry with chicken, carrots, potatoes, apples and rice.

Q. What was the inspiration for the dish?

CK: I enjoy exploring different styles of curry.

Q. Dumbest thing you’ve ever done with food or in a kitchen?

CK: So I was putting away some sheet trays on the speed rack. While doing so, I push out a  different tray of hot chicken that took three days to prepare. I thought I was going to lose my job. Somehow I’m still here.

Q. Is there an ingredient you use a lot that would surprise people?

CK: Chicken fat. There is SO MUCH flavor in chicken fat.

Q. Most memorable meal?

CK: Irish coffee milkshake…stupid delicious.

Q. What food is your guilty pleasure?

CK: DiGiorno Pizza

Q. What’s your last meal on earth, if you had the chance to choose?

CK: Pizza or Bavette. Let’s see what’s available.

Check out Chef Kyle’s Japanese Curry for Wine Down Wednesday on October 3rd!

https://www.facebook.com/events/350752802337767/

HalloWine Down Wednesday: Insights from Chef Phill

Q. What’s your earliest food memory?

CP: My grandma’s stewed apples with cinnamon.

Q. Who has influenced your cooking the most?

CP: Kevin Gambino. He’s a badass chef from NOLA I worked under for a year. Taught me a lot versatility.

Q. What’s your favorite go-to ingredient?

CP: Potatoes …or sweet potatoes.

Q. What are some of your signature dishes?

CP: Breakfast, pan fried chicken, salmon with collards and red onions. Also anything with pasta.

Q. What did you choose to make for Wine Down Wednesday?

CP: I have a whole meal planned. The appetizer will be Heart of Palm Salad, the entree will be Vegan Lasagna, and for dessert a Spicy Brownie.

Q. What was the inspiration for the dish?

CP: The Heart of Palm was inspired by working with Kevin Gambino,  and the vinaigrette I’ve come up with recently. The lasagna, well, I love pasta so lasagna was an easy choice. Lastly the spicy brownie just came me and I’m excited to make it.

Q. If you could cook a meal with anyone, who would it be?

CP: Francis Mallman, his style of cooking with fire tribal methods. I would enjoy being a student of his.

Q. Dumbest thing you’ve ever done with food or in a kitchen?

CP: I hurt myself once a week. Whether it’s a nick, burn, dropping something… it’s just always something.

Q. Is there an ingredient you use a lot that would surprise people?

CP: Fish sauce in non-asian cuisines because of how it neutralizes the tones of certain ingredients. I find it interesting.

Q. What would we find in your kitchen at home?

CP: Tons of onions, potatoes and fruit. Also spices and fresh herbs from my yard.

Q. Most memorable meal?

CP: Anything cooked in a skillet while camping.

Q. What food is your guilty pleasure?

CP: All the sweets. I have a huge sweet tooth!

Q. What’s your last meal on earth, if you had the chance to choose?

CP: Well cooked seafood. A mixed entree of salmon, crab and lobster. Also for dessert I’d like a blackberry cobbler.

You can enjoy Chef Phil’s 3 course vegan menu on Wednesday, October 31st for a very special Wine Down Wednesday!

https://www.facebook.com/events/925516294316222/

Wine Down Wednesday with Chef Brian

Q: What’s your earliest food memory?

CB: Grandma’s German chocolate cake. What kid doesn’t love chocolate.

Q: Who has influenced your cooking the most?

CB: Michael Simon because we’re both from the midwest and have similar culinary interests.

Q: What’s your favorite go-to ingredient?

CB: Beer! I enjoy cooking with all types of beer. The usually go-to style will be stouts because of their versatility.

Q: What are some of your signature dishes?

CB: Chardonnay lemon chicken or beer chili. 

Q: What did you choose to make for Wine Down Wednesday?

CB: Pulled pork sliders with a Waterloo slaw.

Q: What was the inspiration for the dish?

CB: We don’t serve pork entrees often so… here you go!

Q: If you could cook a meal for anyone, who would it be?

CB: My mom. I would make her a six cheese, Bolognese, spinach lasagna.

Q: Dumbest thing you’ve ever done with food or in a kitchen?

CB: Not asking enough questions.

Q: Is there an ingredient you use a lot that would surprise people?

CB: I put beer in a lot of stuff. I think most people are surprised by beer ice cream.

Q: What would we find in your kitchen at home?

CB: Fresh herbs, local produce and left overs.

Q: Most memorable meal?

CB: Ravioli from Teodori’s in Melrose Park, Illnois.

Q: What food is your guilty pleasure?

CB: Thai food man. Tom Yum Soup just has a great balance of flavor and heat.

Q: What’s your last meal on earth, if you had the chance to choose?

CB: Steak and potatoes.

**Join Chef Brian and his culinary pulled pork creation on August 22nd for Wine Down Wednesday!

Wine Down Wednesday with Chef Damian Lawrence

Q: What’s your earliest food memory?

CD: My mom cooking for me. Her pasta dishes were amazing.

Q: Who has influenced your cooking the most?

CD: My brother, only other person who cooks in my family. He’s an executive chef at Bone Fish Grill in Charleston, South Carolina.

Q: What’s your favorite go-to ingredient?

CD: Honey! I enjoy adding sweetness to everything.

Q: What are some of your signature dishes?

CD: Anything seafood related since I’m from the coast. My go to dishes are usually crab cakes, scallops and fresh fish.

Q: What did you choose to make for Wine Down Wednesday?

CD: Cucumber Crab Salad.

Q: What was the inspiration for the dish?

CD: I wanted to make something light and filling. I also enjoy playing with seafood when I get the chance.

Q: If you could cook a meal for anyone, who would it be?

CD: I’d choose Jim James, the musician, because I’ve always been a fan of his work. I think it would be great for him to get a feel for what I do.

Q: Dumbest thing you’ve ever done with food or in a kitchen?

CD: OVER SALT ANYTHING. Theres no coming back from that…

Q: Is there an ingredient you use a lot that would surprise people?

CD: Red meat. Since I’m a pescetarian and don’t eat any red meat doesn’t mean I can’t cook up a mean steak.

Q: What would we find in your kitchen at home?

CD: Nothing. That’s what other restaurants are for. Don’t really cook at home. I may do a cookout every now and then. But in reality I guess a bunch of to go boxes is about it.

Q: Most memorable meal?

CD: A place back home called Rockefeller’s, they make the best She Crab Soup.

Q: What food is your guilty pleasure?

CD: Sweets! Cookies, cake or anything sweet.

Q: What’s your last meal on earth, if you had the chance to choose?

CD: Dungeness Crab. A boat load of it.

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