Recently, we had the wonderful opportunity to host a chef’s tasting dinner in the kitchen of Lacroix at The Rittenhouse. In a word, FABULOUS!!! Chef de Cuisine Jason Cichonski, along with Sous Chefs Jon Cichon and Adam Lazarick, created the most amazing dining experience for us and our invited guests. Twelve Courses, plus an Amuse Bouche and two Desserts! Dinner was paired with impeccable wines selected by sommelier Eric Simonis.
We at Evantine Design are not new to hotel and restaurant kitchens. In fact, our business dictates that we know our way in, out, and around many of them in the city! Therefore, the thought of dining in the kitchen was not exactly thrilling. However, the experience exceeded our wildest expectations! The entire line of chefs in Lacroix was nothing short of amazing. The Chef’s table is a beautiful marble-top, set just inches from the stoves and finishing table. Watching the staff perfom was like watching a well choreographed ballet! Timing is everything, and they perform as a team in perfect cadence.
Tastings in the kitchen typically begin from 6-6:30pm, which allows ample time to enjoy each and every course (ours lasted until 11pm!) After an amazing Amuse Bouche, we were served a pickled Strawberry Soda! There is no way to adequately describe the intense, fresh flavor of this “soda”! Other highlights from the menu, which you can see below, included the Striped Bass Belly, Ramp Ice Cream, an amazing Kindai Tuna, Foie Gras paired with a mouth-watering Peach-Miso, a simply melt-in-your mouth perfect Duck with Melon Bisque and Fava Beans, and Lamb with to-die-for Grits! A stunning surprise was the Robiola Bosina which literally exploded in our mouths!
These kids in the kitchen ROCK!! (Sorry, but they are all in their 20’s!) The detail and thought put into the combination of different tastes and textures was purely amazing. You can see, smell, taste and feel the passion they have for food! Any questions we asked were answered with enthusiasm and gusto and made the entire experience one of the highlights of our culinary lives!
Suitable for framing, each of us received a signed menu in a gift bag with Lacroix chocolates as we left. Ours will be hung on the wall as a wonderful reminder of our adventure.
In addition to this amazing menu, sommelier Eric Simonis selected awesome wines to pair with each course. Some of our favorites were:
Chateau de la Vieille Tour, Domaine Boissonneau, Bordeaux, 2008 –A wonderful blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle with aromas of citrus fruits and mango. The wine tastes unwooded, crisp and refreshing.
Monbazillac, Domaine du Petit Paris, Dordogne, 2006 –From the district of Bergerac in Southwestern France. This wine has all the quality of its Bordeaux cousin, the great Sauterne, yet at a fraction of the cost.
Mercurey, “Clos de la Marche” Monopole, Domaine Louis Max, Bourgogne, 2005 — From Southern Burgundy, 100% Pinot Noir, medium-bodied with dark fruit flavor, soft tannins and a touch of oak.
Maury, “Dix Ans d’ Age”, Pyrenees Orientales, NV –100% Grenache Noir. This fortified wine is aged outside in glass demi-johns for one year, followed by nine years in oak! A beautiful copper-tinted robe, very complex and reminiscent of an old Madeira. Perfect with blue cheese and chocolate desserts. And it was!
Treat yourself, your friends or your family to an unforgettable dining experience! Every aspect was incredible and memorable!