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Thursday, February 23, 7pm: Destination Quebec: A Jewish Food and Drink Road Trip with Joseph Howard of Abe Fisher and Steve Wood of Luca Restaurant
Joseph Howard of Michael Solomonov’s Abe Fisher has led COOK guests on a culinary tour of two far-off lands: Brazil and Portugal. For his third COOK appearance, Joseph will be offering guests a taste of a place closer to home, but exciting nonetheless: Quebec! Quebec's traditional cuisine is as rich and diverse as the province of Quebec itself – a culinary melting pot blending, among others, French, Italian, and Jewish influences. Joseph will be joined by Steve Wood, Beverage Director of Luca Restaurant in Lancaster, PA, who will be shaking up some Québécois cocktails to get you in the spirit of things. The duo’s pairing menu begins with a welcome cocktail – Caribou, a traditional warm Canadian beverage combining syrah, pear eau de vie, walnut liqueur, maple syrup, spices and orange peel – followed by Grilled Oysters (creamed onions, white cheddar, schmaltz bread crumbs, fresh herbs, caviar) paired with "Tonique d'Ouverture" (Byrhh Grand Quinquina, fino sherry, toasted sesame tonic, celery soda); Roasted Mushrooms (with bacon jam, herbs, six-minute egg, truffle, everything spiced bagel); paired with "Torontonian Milk Punch" (a clarified blend of lemon, pineapple, spices, maple sugar, Jamaican and Trinidadian rums, Canadian rye whiskey, Fernet Branca, Angostura Bitters, English breakfast tea, whole milk); Potato Latkes (duck country gravy, foie gras, fried onion, schmaltz caramelized onion) paired with foie washed dark rum, amontillado sherry, smoked maple syrup, truffle salt, whole egg and nutmeg; Brisket (with leeks, butternut squash, brown butter, kale, garlic) paired with "Vecchio Amico" (apple brandy, sweet and dry vermouths, Cappelletti Vino Aperitivo, Smokey Rabarbaro Amaro, spiced cranberry and bitter orange shrub, smoked saffron and vanilla bitters; and Coffee Cake (maple, cinnamon, brown sugar, labne ice cream, smoked nuts) paired with "Monte & Maple Milkshake" (Calvados, Montenegro Amaro, labne and vanilla bean ice cream, maple syrup, whole milk, maple cotton candy). Oh, Canada, indeed!
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