To celebrate (term used loosely if not completely false), I insisted on friends and food.
We dined at Grazies, a well established Italian place with a low price point but traditional and tasty. With 8 people and more wine and prosecco than I will openly admit, the bill still fell well south of $400.
From there, everyone spent the weekend at my place and behaved themselves wonderfully (*cough).
*Special note, the Sunday crepe brunch at my place rocked.
Rooftop Garden Lavender Shortbread
*This is kinda cool. The pastry team takes some of the huge amount of lavender kept up on the roof and rests it in granulated sugar. From there it is a matter of making the shortbread. The lavender comes out brilliantly in the final product.
Wildberry - Chamomile Compote
Chocolate Banana Custard Cake
Almond Praline Gelato, Pate De Fruits
*WOO-HOO, my favorite dessert is finally on the menu. Je suis tres 'appy!
Hot Grand Marnier Souffle
Orange Anglaise, Chocolate Sauce
Perfectly old school and so so good.
I have news of sorts.
I have moved out of Epic and am now based primarily in the Royal York banquet kitchen. After more then 10 years of a la carte service, it is pivotal for myself to learn a new facet of this back of house industry. I will always keep my feet wet in a la carte (aka Epic, as its where my heart is) but for now I am incredibly stoked to work in one of the most busy and bustling banquet kitchens in the country. I have learnt so far that cardio is a great asset up there. Yesterday, I rode 30km on my bike to visit relatives and barely broke a sweat. Banquets will definitely be an awesome experience.
All that aside, this week marked the final week of my garden. All in all it was a huge success. 20+ lt. of tomato sauce, 6 lt. of vichyssoise, and pickled everything else. The winter is shaping up to be exciting culinary-wise at my home (Charcuterie!!).