Apt 1 – Cobble Hill Carroll Gardens Brooklyn Dinner Party
Weekly Dinner Event At @ Element Natural healing Arts
Where: 518 Henry St Brooklyn
How Much: $45
Please call to make a reservation 718 8554850
Hey! Are you not loving this incredible summer weather in NY? Under a fading golden sunset cooled by a gentle summer breeze, my friends and I enjoyed an incredible candlelight dinner party last Friday atop the relaxing roof deck of the Element Natural Healing Arts center in Cobble Hill. Co-organized by my friend Jayme Sklar Haxaire and Jeffrey Weidmann, the series of weekly dinner parties entitled Apt 1 features an intimate dinner limited to about 20 guests with rotating chefs and menus. (In case of rain, there’s a nice indoor space with a wood burning fireplace too).
This evening’s four course French / West African menu was prepared by Lower East Side French restaurant Les Enfants Terrible’s Abdhul Traore. In person, Chef Tarore is quite a soft spoken and humble individual despite his illustrious culinary experience that includes honored guests such as French president Jacques Chirac, Kofi Annan, and the Belgium Princess Louis Michel.
We started with a ‘shot’ of Chilled beet root soup with orange, fennel, harrisa and wild flower honey which is a perfect way to start off the cool summer evening. It was followed by a refreshing salad of olives, cucumber, capers, tomato, and vinaigrette gourmande. The main dish was an amazing potato encrusted wild stripped bass, sauted spinach and bok Choy, kanifi( west Africa pepper) sauce. I really like how he took long thin strips of potato and wrapped them around the fish – it gave a nice surprising finish with the contrasting crunchy texture. Finally, we ended with a decadent bowl of fresh mixed summer berries with Marjoram infused syrup, and fromage blanc sorbet.
Hey! Don’t let this summer pass you by with out a fun dinner at APT 1! Not to jinx anything but I have a feeling, it’s going to get quite hot, humid and sticky before we know it.
Next Week’s Menu (July 17):
Korhogoâ€™s famous mini burger with smoked ketchup
Orange, mustard, ginger glazed pork tenderloin with dried fruit chutney
West African style grilled jerk chicken
Grilled Prawn with Nigerian piri piri sauce
Ratatouille from the grill
Rice pilaf Creole style
Haricot vert casserole
Corn on the Cob
Greek style salad with olives, cucumber, tomato, onion, and jicama
Chef’s on a whim dessert