Monday, October 28, 2013

Weekend Update: Pizza Boogie

Did anyone else listen to this album as a kid?

This weekend we did pizza for the first time.  As a backbone staple of the American diet, we rejoiced in the opportunity to provide it for our customers entirely vegan and there was a GF option as well.  The varieties were BBQ Tofu Pizza and Roasted Veggie Pizza.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Old School Counter Service

People who are born schmoozers often go into retail businesses, usually small, family-owned ones. They like, and maybe even need, the personal interactions such places offer. People shop in small retail stores because they, too, like—and maybe need—that same personal interaction. Among people who work in retail, the great schmoozer doesn’t just talk but also knows how to listen. The ability to be a good listener is derived from a basic love of people. This must be genuine. It cannot be faked. There is no doubt in my mind that this joy in listening to people, in hearing their stories, sharing in their nachas and their tsuris, is genetic in origin. The schmoozing gene will soon be mapped.

From Russ and Daughters: The House That Herring Built, by Mark Russ Federman

Friday, October 18, 2013

Dante's Inferno

This may go down as the single most ambitious menu Chef Matt has ever made (and certainly the most courses).  Each circle will be served tapas style.  This menu was inspired by Matt's love of heat -- he has been known to go through a bottle of Sriracha sauce in a week.  Highly recommended.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

"A cuisine is only as good as the quality of its indigenous ingredients." -- Lao Tzu

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Weekend Update

Chef Matt's South Indian Menu was hot this week...Crowd reaction was very enthusiastic.  What amazed me is that almost unintentionally we did the whole meal GLUTEN-FREE.

Tracks of the Weekend:
via AS

Word of the Month (via AS): Heuristics.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Busy Weekend

Sometimes I feel like our weekends are more crazy than our weekdays.

On Friday, we had our ever-popular Falafel Friday Mediterranean lunch (and dinner too this week).

On Saturday, we popped up at the Mid-town Raleigh Farmer's Market, the South Durham Farmer's Market, and the Hunt Street Arts and Food Truck Market near the Central Durham Farmer's Market.

On Saturday night, we held our weekly rotating Ninth Street Downtown Special Dinner - Cambodian food this week, thanks to our fearless leader - Chef Matt Props.

Char Kroeung (Lemongrass-Garlic-Infused Tofu with Stir-Fried Veggies and Toasted Cashews Served Atop Cold Rice Noodle and Cabbage Salad Dressed in a Lime 

Our Hunt Street Market Crew This Week - The Zellers! -- Stu and Kelley

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