It's easy to be intimidated preparing dinner for Ben T., especially given last week's masterpiece dinner at his Greenpoint crib of Toasted Almond and Apricot Chicken Tagine, gussied up couscous and salad of mustard and other bitter greens. Not to even mention the homemade profiteroles!
But bravely Cafe Drake plowed forward with a casual Sunday Chicken Supper for Ben and Ms. Jen Ruske. Impressing these two uber-talented hosts proved a feat but we all sank into glorious weekend oblivion via plenty of top-shelf booze and equally grand good vibes. See pics above and menu below and many thanks to our guests for their glorious vino contributions. (And kudos, Ruske, for gifting us with home-baked cookies!)
Post meal we all three retired to Cafe Drake's living room for - courtesy of TiVo - a fast-forwarded greatest hits of last week's Tony Awards. Yes we hit up Neal Patrick Harris' duet with Hugh Jackman and naturally all things Sutton Foster.
SUNDAY CHICKEN SUPPER FOR JEN & BEN
Bayley Hazen Blue Cheese
Watercress Salad with Avocado and Honeyed Miso Dressing
Deviled Whole Chicken Thighs
Quinoa and Corn Pilao
Beet and Yogurt Salad
Cabbage with Hot Red Pepper Paste
Sesame Enoki Mushroom Salad
Jasmine Panna Cotta
Ice Wine Chocolate Truffles
St. Croix Cocoa and Coconut Cordial