CULINARY: My thirteenth night at Pigall's


This afternoon, I spent my thirteenth day in the kitchen of Jean-Robert at Pigall’s, the 4-star French restaurant in downtown Cincinnati. I arrived at 1:00 and stayed until 5:30 since we had dinner plans this evening.

While there, I prepped a variety of products and helped Chef get ready for his off-site party that night. There were a variety of additional tasks beyond the normal prep for Saturday service, so I feel like I was useful. I’ll be back down there soon!

DINNER 63: Saturday, March 4, 2006

Tonight, a group of us (Bob, Sharon, Jay, Angel, Chef Doug, Wendy, and Drew) met at the Iron Horse Inn in Glendale for a Saturday night Wine Dinner. It was a good time. Here’s the menu:

The Iron Horse Inn Restaurant
Italian Wine Dinner — Saturday March 4th, 2006

First Course
Rustic Italian Bread, Roasted Prawn, Ricotta Salata
2004 Villa Antinori Toscana Blanco

Second Course
Cheese Course
2001 Frescobaldi Benefizio

Third Course
Roasted Squab, Black Truffle Gnocchi, Yellow Tomato Broth
2000 Melini, Chianti Classico Riserva, La Selvanella

Fourth Course
Chargrilled Pork Chop, Wild Mushrooms, Pork Confit, Tomato Ragout
2003 Ornellaia, Le Volte

Once Baked Biscotti
2004 Vietti Moscato D’Asti

It was a fun evening full of great conversation and laughter. The food & wine overall were very good. An enjoyable night!

DINNER 64: Sunday, March 5, 2006

Tonight was Oscar night. Chuck & Kristy were kind enough to host an Oscar party at their house and asked everyone to bring something to share. We baked a Brie (the tops of which Wendy decorated with a cut-out Oscar statue and a movie camera on a tripod). Dinner was food from the communal table.

The Oscars were good, if a little flat and unexciting. I was impressed to see that the attire was overall of a higher quality than in previous years. I didn’t see any outfits that were terrible. There was very little in the way of political rhetoric, and no one was an idiot this year.

Now we just have to see the movies… We’ve seen Brokeback Mountain, but that’s about it. Hopefully, we’ll fix that soon!