Earth Day Chefs Collaboration at Chakra 4/22

Earth Day Chefs Collaboration at Chakra 4/22

EarthDay-Image_003Chefs Thomas Ciszak of Chakra, Bobby Varua of Blue Morel and Todd Villani of Terre à Terre will join forces in the Chakra kitchen to celebrate Earth Day on 4/22 at 6:30PM. Jointly, they’ll create a five-course wine-paired menu and a “From the Farm” hors-d’oeuvres ‘station’ incorporating ingredients from Bracco Farms. As an extra perk to the amazing menu, Anthony Bracco of Bracco Farms will be onsite to challenge the chefs to prepare a dish using ingredients picked fresh from his farm that day.

Reception
Hors d’oeuvres from Bracco Farms
First Course

“Garden State Salad” Blue Crab Blini
Wine: SAUVIGNON BLANC, SCHOLIUM PROJECT PRINCE IN THE CAVES 2010, CALIFORNIA
Second Course

Viking Village Scallops with Lavender-Scented Pea Puree, Lemon Quinoa, Fennel Confiture
Wine: PUILLY FUISSÉ, J. J VINCENT MARIE ANTOINETTE 2012, Mâconnais
Third Course

Morel Mushroom Ravioli Ramps, Asparagus
Wine:  PINOT NOIR, REX HILL ESTATE, 2012 WILLAMETTE VALLEY
Fourth Course

Lamb Crepinette Olives, Fingerling Potatoes, Fried Artichoke, Cured Chorizo
Wine: BANDOL, CHÂTEAU JEAN-PIERRE GAUSSEN 2008, PROVENCE
Fifth Course

Chilled Elderflower Soup Strawberry in Gelée, White Asparagus Ice Cream
Wine:  MOSCATO D’ASTI, CASCINA CASTLET

The reception is at 6:30pm followed by dinner and is $89/person including wines (tax and gratuity additional). Call Chakra to reserve – 201-556-1530.

Cheers,

Veronique

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