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Hapa Kitchen Paris of East Supper Club Dinner Party Brooklyn June 2009 – Plate Of The Day
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Hapa Kitchen Paris of East Supper Club Dinner Party Brooklyn June 2009

June 25, 2009
Hapa Kitchen Paris of East Supper Club Dinner Party Brooklyn June 2009

Hapa Kitchen Paris of East Supper Club Dinner Party Brooklyn June 2009

On Tuesday, my friends and I attended a French Quarter Shanghainese themed dinner party in a secret loft space in Ft Greene Brooklyn, and what better hosts for an East meets West dinner than the half-Asian cofounders of Hapa Kitchen: former Momofuku cook Akiko Moorman and Not Eating Out in NY’s Cathy Erway (pictured on right below)?!

Hapa Kitchen Paris of East Supper Club Dinner Party Brooklyn June 2009

Not new to the underground supper club scene, Hapa Kitchen has thrown previous events at BKLYN Yard and a lavish dinner party on location at an organic farm in Queens. With duck as the secret ingredient, this 3rd Hapa Kitchen event titled Paris of the East featured local organic greens from Sang Lee Farms of Long Island, ducks from D’artagnan NJ and wines from Suffolk County NY. You really can’t get any more fresh, local and gourmet than this.

Hapa Kitchen Paris of East Supper Club Dinner Party Brooklyn June 2009 Hapa Kitchen Paris of East Supper Club Dinner Party Brooklyn June 2009
We started off with duck mousse canapés and steamed duck breast stuffed Chinese bread rolls (馒头) with Dijon dressing. Simple, yet amazing. I think I had at least 3-4 each.

Hapa Kitchen Paris of East Supper Club Dinner Party Brooklyn June 2009

Then the dinner started with a five spiced duck pastry and a duck dumpling in cucumber dill sauce. The main dish was a seared duck breast with baby bok choy over herb buttered wild rice. Finally, we finished with spring salad (fresh greens from Sang Lee Farms) with crispy duck and an amazing red bean crème brulée. Yes, excellent wine pairings accompanied each dish throughout the night!

Hapa Kitchen Paris of East Supper Club Dinner Party Brooklyn June 2009

Although on this night I think I would have been way out of my league in the kitchen, I did feel pretty good in the dining room hanging out with 30+ food lovers and famous local food blogging literati including Katherine Goldstein of The Huffington Post, Keith Wagstaff of The-Feedbag and Robert Sietsema of the Village Voice (Keith and Robert both assisted in cooking).

Hapa Kitchen Paris of East Supper Club Dinner Party Brooklyn June 2009

As I finished my crème brulée (and the rest of my friend’s), I began to realize that no matter how famous or fancy the restaurant, it would be very difficult to replicate the fun and intimacy of dining with your friends (and meeting new ones) over amazing fresh gourmet meals like at a dinner party such as this. Now, I especially appreciate the truth behind Cathy’s NotEatingOutInNewYork.com‘s blog – why eat out if you love cooking, eating and hosting? That’s fucking right! Maybe just maybe, look out for a Plate Of The Day.com food event soon.

Sadly, I end with RIP MJ AND FF! Dude, WTF??!! (yeah he’s a freak but legendary music)

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  • Reply John July 3, 2009 at 12:16 am

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  • Reply Jackie August 5, 2009 at 6:40 am

    Great write-up; thanks!
    I work w/Hapa Kitchen and was so bummed to miss this event — the food looks and sounds INCREDIBLE. Those hapas can cook!
    Read more about Hapa Kitchen here:
    http://devourthis.typepad.com/devour_this/2009/08/whats-been-hapaning.html