Hosting Dinner Outside the Kitchen

Kitchensurfing: No it’s not the X Games of the culinary world and it is not a hot new food show on Cooking Channel, Esquire or The Food Network.  Kitchensurfing is a website that connects you to chefs, menus, parties of all sorts and allows you to bring them to your home or event from dinner for four to huge parties.  You can browse by chef, or you can submit a request and several chefs will submit proposals. For my first, Kitchensurfing event, I was lucky enough to go to ReThinksgiving where several chefs and the folks from Drizly (a drink delivery service) created a twist on Thanksgiving for attendees.  For this second, event, I wanted to have another couple join us in our home for a dinner.

Chef Mark O’Leary came, he cooked, and he conquered the kitchen.  I can’t wait to plan another Kitchensurfing party.  Here is a look at our menu.  It was incredibly delicious, and we have some wonderful leftover in the fridge.  I think the scallion ginger sauce and miso dressing will be perfect to toss some chicken wings in for the game tonight.

Offered Menu: Winter Menu

Tom Ka Gai Soup
Mussels, Thai Basil, Mint

Squid Ink Bao
Steamed bun, fried oyster, yuzu kosho aioli

Winter Salad
Asian Greens, soy, shallot

Bo Ssam
Roast Pork, scallion ginger sauce, kimchi

Warm Mazeman Noodle Salad
Yakitori, Nori, scallion

Coconut Creme Cake
Yuzu curd, sesame chocolate ganache

It was an incredible meal.  It was great to be able to tweak the menu beforehand to make adjustments based on food allergies and preferences.  It was also nice to be able to have the chef there to explain the dishes, serve dinner, and leave the kitchen spotless.  I think this Kitchensurfing stuff could become addictive.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Chef Mark O'Leary, explaining the Bo Ssam from the ingredients to how to build them.
Chef Mark O’Leary, explaining the Bo Ssam from the ingredients to how to build them.

My daughter set the table earlier in the morning.  Chefs Mark and Justin prepared and plated everything in the kitchen and served dinner course by course.  We had some plated and some family style based on the dishes themselves.
My daughter set the table earlier in the morning. Chefs Mark and Justin prepared and plated everything in the kitchen and served dinner course by course. We had some plated and some family style based on the dishes themselves.

tom yum soup up close soup squid ink steamed buns fall salad Lettuce wraps Warm Noodle Salad coconut yuzu cake with warm chocolate pudding

 

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