I've worked in food service before (in the distant, distant past) and count relatives and friends as current or past restaurant veterans. So, the work was familiar to me. I did everything from help with simple prep and food plating to serving, water-glass filling, and dish washing. Vivek had other helpers - the lovely Julia, as well as the Grow Local Kitchen manager herself, local legend Chef Laura Wilson. Everyone was lovely, and Vivek's style is much more relaxed and easy-going than mine ... I can get a bit frantic when preparing a large meal for a lot of guests! The meal was terrific, and the beverage pairings by his friend Ryan Moses (and friend David) of Drink Music City were creative, well-matched, and ... delicious!
I enjoyed the opportunity to meet Vivek and the others, not to mention the opportunity to sample such interesting, inventive food and drink. The experience has started my own creative juices flowing again, Menu & (cell phone) pics below!
|Captain Aviator -- fizzy & delicious, even to this non-gin drinker|
|Vivek makin' potato chips|
|Tandoori-spiced chips with chunky aioli|
|Pouring out the butternut squash bisque|
|The finished soup|
|Cooking shrimp, raw shrimp, cooked shrimp|
|Roasted chicken and salad|
|Apple cake waiting on its drizzle of honey|
|Vivek & his patrons (Ryan in the back, standing, in striped shirt)|