New Trout Dish

Oven Braised Rogue River Trout on Apricot Couscous with Grilled Asparagus, Caramelized Fennel, Cider-Chardonnay Sauce and Garden Greens (Using our garden french breakfast radishes and micro greens just harvested)

New Spring Pork Dish

Bacon wrapped pork tenderloin with fennel and grapefruit salad, citrus couscous and grapefruit demi glace.

Spring Garden Risotto

Peas, radish, asparagus, spinach and fennel with beet emulsion and pea tendrils.

Organic Sweet Pea Soup with Seared Scallops and Vanilla Oil

We’re getting some great organic peas from Washington right now and wanted to show them off.  The vanilla oil we started 3 months ago in anticipation of spring and peas.  The pea tendrils garnishing the top comes from our kitchen micro greens garden.  Finished with some dots of creme fraiche. 

Planting Seeds of Change.

Sometimes in our high-stress industry, the most difficult thing to do is to have the patience to wait and allow something to grow.  This is most challenging when it’s apparent that people around you do not want to change.  As I look back on my first year here in Southern Oregon, I am tremendously proud of everyone I work with.  I spent this year “planting seeds” and as I have mentioned before, now have to choose which ones to cultivate.  It’s abundantly clear from the response that this change is favorable and we are involved with something that has become greater than all of us.  I am truly at my greatest when I can “plant a seed” with a fellow cook and see them take it and run.  I sometimes marvel at the talent that emerges given the proper “cultivation”.  I now see it every day as I work in a basement under 2,000 tons of brick that was layed over 2 centuries ago.  Inspiration is the ingredient, realizing the dream is the dish.  This, my friends, is only the beginning.

Imported Green Olive Brine…

What can we do with this?  Perhaps a green olive “caviar” to garnish a local cheese plate with rubharb compote?  Or as part of a wet brine for free range chickens?  Usually something like this may be discarded.  We, as chefs, are more and more realizing that this is pure flavor and can be used in many ways.

Duck Demi Glace

Here are some broken bits of 1/2 inch thick duck demi glace made from 12 ducks.  Set solid when chilled and peeled right off the 1/4 sheetpan it was set in.  It yielded slightly over 800ml.  Talk about concentration.  This was super rich and had a great, clean, concentrated duck flavor.  This is the base for our Wild Oregon Huckleberry Jus that comes with our duck dish.

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