Where Did They Find These People?
Prepared by Chef Back Burner
Oh yah....the assumed trifecta of American cuisine....New York, California and the newly added Las Vegas...with a couple exceptions.
On a side note...does anyone find it weird that they do a “Road to the Runway” show but not a “Stocking the Kitchen” show?
Anyway, should they really wonder why they don’t have the creativity that they expected in the creation of a “cutting edge” Thanksgiving dinner. Maybe they think that’s where most of the trained chefs are working but if they are so well trained I ask you shouldn’t they know what a 6 course tasting menu should consist of?....or...the definition of an amuse bouche?...or ...what creme broulé consists of?
I have to say if you want the newest and most creative ideas you gotta start looking down the “back roads” of this country or at least try some new states...you know one of the things we all have in common in this country?...yah food.
At the Beechwood Inn in the North Georgia Mountains they offer a family-style gourmet Thanksgiving dinner that features a Cajun-style fresh goose.
Or up north in Harvard Square a restaurant by the name of Harvest offers their guests a side of truffled pumpkin risotto and truly local twist on a pecan pie with an Irish whisky chocolate pecan tarte.
Down in Houston, Texas at a place called Guvnor’s you can pick up a dinner for 8 that includes a deep fried Cajun turkey with rice or cornbread dressing.
Ted’s Butcherblock, which is a full-service butcher shop in the beautiful town of Charleston, South Carolina will send you home with a creative twist on regular mashed potatoes they call smashed root vegetables which includes roasted carrots, parsnips, and turnips in with your regular potatoes.
Even in the town of Ogunquit, Maine at The Cliff House Resort & Spa...
and Carlos...are you paying close attention here?
...they put together a Grilled Autumn Pear Salad that they offer their guest at Thanksgiving dinner that includes organic arugula, candied walnuts, and Berkshire bleu cheese. Sounds so good, I might take a trip up there to “no man’s land”.
I think my point is there are a ton of good cooking ideas across this country that come from different cultural backgrounds and family experiences and I for one would like to challenge BRAVO to find those chefs...the ones from the not so expected locations with the not so expected ideas...
Tom might appreciate it...
As for me...I’m going down to a local restaurant that makes the best “Thanksgiving Sandwich” ever 365 days of the year....Happy Thanksgiving everyone!