two sundays ago, cheeks and i got to join eggplant to go at a sunday supper club at pallet23. that night, chef jose salazar was at the helm, and it was bittersweet to hear that that was his last sunday supper. it’s not over for chef yet; i read some great news about him that i will share at the end of this post.
first off, pallet23 is a “private, flexible event space” in an area of northside that seemed to be in the revitalization stage. newly-opened barrio tequileria is catty-corner across the street (see photos from local “eye on the city”, 5chw4r7z - i just love all the dia de los muertos art!), and there were different phases of construction in the surrounding buildings. the space is a converted warehouse that has an open layout: there is a garage-door entrance at the back for wheeling in large equipment, and a kitchen space on the opposite end that allows for cooking demos.
the sunday supper club is limited to a small group, and that night, we were among 18 guests - it must be a challenge preparing food for a number that seems small when you don’t have a commercial kitchen to utilize.
the menu was:
- cured hamachi (edamame, soy braised daikon, orange/ginger emulsion)
- roasted cauliflower (bell peppers, pickled onions, parsley, capers, spring garlic skordalia)
- potato gnocchi (english peas, parmesan cream, frico)
- wild alaskan halibut (quinoa, asparagus, hazelnuts, coffee gastrique)
- beef shortrib pot au’ feau (mirepoix, bone marrow)
- whipped brie (brioche, grapes, basil)
- milk mousse (aerated chocolate, pineapple, rum caramel)
much like our dinner at orchids, we couldn’t pick a favorite dish. i really enjoyed how each dish was plated - it was very much designed, with every texture, shape and color considered. works of art.
so, the great news, is that chef jose salazar will be opening his own restaurant in the OTR-area (14th and republic) in mid-august, and will be called, salazar. we’re so very excited for him, and wish him all the best!
read more about this news from polly campbell’s article here. you can also find updates on this, plus plenty more food-related news, from eggplant to go. and, don’t forget that the sunday supper club at pallet 23 is not over! per their website, this event happens twice a month. i look forward to hearing more about the chefs they have lined up. check their facebook page for more up to date events here.