Archive for September 24, 2011
Tour de Bruell Finalists!
Imagine our surprise when we received an e-mail notifying us that Jeff was one of ten finalists for the grand prize of the 2011 Tour de Bruell. During the summer we visited the four restaurants run by Zack Bruell, Parallax, Table 45, L’Albatros and Chinato. Upon completion, we received a tee-shirt and our names were entered into a pool for the Grand Prize, a dinner for eight prepared in your home by Zack Bruell. According to the organizers of the Tour, 100 people participated last year and 180 this year.
Thursday, the nine other finalists and their guest were treated to a four-course dinner with wine parings. Through the evening, prizes were awarded, until the last ticket remained. The final un-drawn winner won Chef Bruell. Michele (the lucky one!) drew a number 8 and received the third from last prize. We will be joining Chef de Cuisine, Tom Schrenk in the Table 45 kitchen for and evening’s service along with some cooking tips and plenty of tasting. We can’t wait!
This was a wonderful evening made especially enjoyable by fabulous table companions. We chatted, talked food, politics and life with a couple it seemed like we knew forever. Between discussions, we enjoyed a fig, arugula and goat cheese salad, a trio of pickled vegetable sushi rolls, a fabulous grilled redfish over snap pea risotto and a decadent filet served with a tasty and pungent South American red pepper sauce along side a grilled Heart of Palm and Aji mashed potatoes. We finished with a lace caramelized tuile filled with a Grand Marnier induced filling dessert. Each course was announced by the chef and the house manger talked about the accompanying wine. Based on the response, I do not think there was a complaint in the bunch.
During the evening, Chef Bruell mingled with the crowd, sat next to Michele and talk with the group that surrounded us. He was immediately charming and open while sharing a bit of self-deprecation regarding his achievements. He talked a bit about the new Cowell and Hubbard that started construction this week. At the end of the evening, a third Tour de Bruell was promised, but of course, a change would be implemented. Next year, dining at each of the five restaurants will be required.
See you next year! We can hardly wait.