Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Next Dinner Saturday, August 20

In the middle of this rainy Berlin summer I find myself missing sunny California and my family there, so the menu for the next dinner on Saturday, August 20 is based on some of the things I miss most. We'll start at 20.00 with a cocktail hour which will be followed by a five course tasting menu with a wine pairing to complement each course.

We'll start with a summery watermelon, tomato, cucmber, and avocado salad topped with homemade ricotta and Mexican-style pickled red onions. The second course is a Baja California favorite of mine: Camarones al Mojo de Ajo (or shrimp in garlic butter flavored with chipotle chiles, lime, and cilantro) which will be served over
Budin de Elote, which is similar to a fresh corn soufflé. The intermezzo is inspired by the fresh fruit carts that seem to be on every corner in Baja during the summer, which I am translating into homemade cucumber, coconut, and chile-lime sorbets. The main course will be pork tenderloin with a pomegranate-chile sauce, served with cauliflower purée and sautéed spinach. We will finish the meal with my Gramma Nel's apple pie, which I will serve with a honey-caramel and homemade vanilla bean ice cream. To finish the meal over coffee and after dinner drinks, we'll have some homemade chocolate chile truffles.

The maximum number of guests is 12, and the suggested donation is 50€, or 35€ without wine. To make a reservation please send an email to, and be sure to include the number of people in your group, any dietary restrictions, and a cell phone number where I can contact you to confirm.

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