This month’s dinner theme will be Japanese and we will serve a kyo-kaiseki inspired meal celebrating spring vegetables and local produce. Though kaiseki is often associated with multi-course meals and tea ceremonies, the word kaiseki originally had little to do with cooking or tea. Kai means “bosom” and seki means “stone,” and the term comes from the habit of buddhist monks carrying heated stones in their robes so the warmth of the stones will stave off hunger. Over the years the term has come to mean “light meals,” often to accompany tea ceremonies. We will do a few courses of simple “home-style kaiseki,” something between an elaborate course meal and heated stones.
Hassun (八寸)— “An expression of the Season”
Spring Onion Salad
Spring Vegetable Tempura
Sesame-Coated Asparagus with Pork Belly
Grilled Fava Beans and Spring Onions
Octopus and Cucumber Salad
This inaugural dinner set the bar quite high for future hosts. For this delicious taste of Catalonia, Dario pulled out all the stops. He even purchased some Spanish style wine glasses. It was like Barcelona… in Brooklyn.