Saturday evening we walked into a Fellini film. Very much like "8 1/2". We could almost hear the Nino Rota "la passarella" score playing in our head down at Greenleaf Produce (or was it Cine Citta?) for the "Outstanding in the Field Dinner". Like Marcello Mastroianni in that film we wanted to crawl beneath the miles of tables arranged like a maze, passing fork lifts, produce boxes and loading docks. Really, it was like the final scene of that movie---one of our all time faves. Thank God it didn't turn into "The Cook, the Thief...."!
The menu was astonishing!
Ahi tonnato on pain de mie with gochukaru and parsley made it's way through the gathered throngs
Mushroom dashi, maitake, shimeji, enoki mushrooms
Udon grilled Monterey calamari in a browned butter ponzu reduction, cucumber, kaiware, frisee & yellow pear tomato with chojang sesame vinaigrette
Sea trout(?) baked with dashikombu, fried garlic and Japanese curry powder
Mushroom risotto with koshikari rice, crispy maitake mushrooms
Soy braised beef cheeks and oxtails, baby carrots and fingerling potato, OB Beer and denjang demi
Roasted brussels sprouts, ponzu fried garlic, guanciale, bonito flakes (da bomb!) We're amazed we can still recall it from our Fellini daze.
Tell me if any of this looks familiar, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtDQOF_pU8A