It was a pleasure to cook with Studiofeast this past Sunday for their 2nd “Studiofeast Sunday.” These are small intimate events that pack a big gustatory punch. Our lovely hosts, Brian Quinn and Jessica Lawrence opened their home and Brian mixed killer cocktails and paired wines with aplomb.
Check out this menu:
This was every bit as good as it looks.
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This week on Let’s Eat In, Cathy Erway is joined by Michael J Cirino of A Razor A Shiny Knife and Mike Lee of Studio Feast supper club. They talk about “NYC Dining Car”, the recent 6-course mobile gourmet meal served on the L train in New York City. Learn how they pulled off this haute cuisine performance piece and how reactions have been surprisingly overwhelming.
"Our main focus here isn’t to run a restaurant that’s just not in a restaurant, it’s to create performance and that performance is supposed to inspire people and evoke reaction. And I think if we use that as a barometer I think we wildly succeeded in this regard. I think food does a fantastic job of being political even when it’s trying to be whimsical and comedic.” - Michael Cirino
Oh, just a 6-Course meal served on the L Train. What did YOU do this weekend?
Quite possibly the ballsiest interpretation of the “popup restaurant” phenomenon to date: 12 guests were treated to a full 6 courses on an NYC subway commute from 8th Avenue to Canarsie, with a new dish being served every third stop. Courses were plated by teams either on the platform, or in the train itself, and served to guests on custom-built straphanger tables. The exquisitely planned and executed event went off (amazingly) without a hitch. The Great Gatsby was read, diners were stuffed, onlookers drooled. (see the full photo set here)
6th Avenue: Hamchi Crudo, Bone Marrow, Trout Roe, Laproaig, Sweet Lime
3rd Avenue: Foie en Brioche, Port Wine, Raisin
Lorimer Street: Ramp Soup, Black Garlic, Cippolini, Morel, Thyme
Morgan Avenue: Petit Filet Mignon, Pomme Puree, Asparagus
Bushwick Avenue: Pepper Jam, St Andre
Sutter Avenue: Chocolate & Gold Leaf Panna Cotta, Raspberry Coulis
The lunch was Hosted by Michael Cirino, Daniel Castano and Andrew Rosenberg of
A Razor, A Shiny Knife
Full list of collaborators here: www.arazorashinyknife.com/a-casual-sunday-lunch/
Photo ©Steph Goralnick
Jittering with anticipation, when the subway doors opened and I and the other members of Team StudioFeast brought in the main course, Steph Goralnick (my friend since Junior High!) was one of the first people I saw. Quickly snapping photo after photo, she weaved and dodged through servers, passengers, and her photographer counterparts to capture my favorite images of this memorable event.
"I can’t even describe what just happened, but it was freaking awesome. A Razor, A Shiny Knife, Studiofeast and others just cooked/served a 6 course menu along the whole route of the L Train, one course every 4/5 stops with new teams plating on platforms, serving, then disappearing. It went off flawlessly. The menu:
- Hamchi Crudo, Bone Marrow, Trout Roe, Laproaig, Sweet Lime
- Foie en Brioche, Port Wine, Raisin,
- Ramp, Black Garlic, Cippolini, Morel, Thyme
- Petit Filet Mignon, Pomme Puree, Asparagus
- Pepper Jam, St Andre
- Chocolate & Gold Leaf Panna Cotta, Raspberry
Much more to come, we have wonderful photo/video from the day (I wore a camera mounted to a headband for the entire platform plating & train car service).” - Mike Lee, Captain of Team StudioFeast
Almost 24-hours later, and I’m still on an adrenaline high. It was an honor to work not only with our team, but with all six wildly talented teams as a whole. Hats of to A Razor, A Shiny Knife for superb event execution, and to StudioFeast for including me in this kickass event. Here’s to many, many more events to come.