Tasted Wednesday, October 7, 2009 by BradKNYC with 375 views
Lou and BettyLu Kessler were back in town for their yearly fix of Broadway, fine restaurants and jeebis with the locals. I had hoped to cook for them at my place, but a broken oven nixed that. A walking wounded Joe Dougherty stepped in and offered to host a relatively impromptu Wednesday night dinner. Quite a mensch as he's been suffering a cold for awhile, seemed in considerable pain from back spasms and also had to run off for a conference call for about an hour just as guests arrived. With a destination set, the Kesslers, Chris Coad & Lisa Allen and Sasha Katsman made it down to chic Tribeca for a fine fete at Chateauneuf-du-Joe.
I ended up cooking the appetizer I wanted to make at my place, an heirloom squash risotto with seared scallops on top and sage, but I forgot to add bacon at the beginning which really would've made the dish pop. Needless to say, Coad tortured me mercilessly throughout the night about that. Joe made an amazing Mexican chili sauce to go along with the seared duck breasts served as the entrée. I shouldn't just call it a sauce as it was astoundingly good. Sort of like a mole, but without the chocolate and made with a blend of dried chili's he picked up while shopping in Oaxaca. Whatever you want to call it, it provided for one of the best food and wine matches I've had in the past couple of years.
Always great to see Lou and BettyLu.