Friday, September 07, 2007

Reservations are made for the next 4 months

Wherein this should be fun


From the AJC, Element Gastro chef adds science to seasonal menu:
True foodies looking for the latest, most cutting-edge culinary experience won't want to miss this. For the next four months, chef Richard Blais of Element Gastro Lounge and Food Lab at 11th and West Peachtree streets will host a dinner designed around a different "secret ingredient." In keeping with the name of his new place, those ingredients are also elements.

Blais isn't being too specific on how each element will show up at the table. But in the case of helium, he's willing to go on the record to say, "I'll be the first chef to use helium in a restaurant, or at least, outside of a research and development lab. I've been using liquid nitrogen for some time, so I'm ready for helium."

The liquid form of helium is very expensive, Blais adds, but he plans to use it to make a few things float. "And I'm sure we will incorporate some sort of high-pitched voice aspect in the proceedings," he said. "It would only be natural."

From the website for Element:
SEPTEMBER 20 - ELEMENTAL DINNER: NITROGEN 
Did your mother have to push you to finish your school science project when you were a kid? That’s not the case for Chef Richard Blais of Element Gastro Lounge + Food Lab.  Mixing food and science has been his passion for years and now you can see him in action.  Join Chef Blais and his team for an “Elemental Dinner,” where the guest of honor is not a celebrity, it is Nitrogen.  Beginning at 7:00 p.m., guests will enjoy a 7-course dinner with a wine pairing option, featuring Nitrogen as the main ingredient. Sound intriguing? We thought so! This special dinner is limited to 10 lucky culinary enthusiasts, so make your reservation today.
OCTOBER 18 - ELEMENTAL DINNER: HELIUM 
Beginning at 7:00 p.m., guests will enjoy a 7-course dinner with a wine pairing option, featuring Helium as the main ingredient. This special dinner is limited to 10 lucky culinary enthusiasts, so make your reservation today.
NOVEMBER 15 - ELEMENTAL DINNER: OXYGEN 
Beginning at 7:00 p.m., guests will enjoy a 7-course dinner with a wine pairing option, featuring Oxygen as the main ingredient. This special dinner is limited to 10 lucky culinary enthusiasts, so make your reservation today.
DECEMBER 20 - ELEMENTAL DINNER: GOLD, FRANKENSENCE & MYRRH 
Beginning at 7:00 p.m., guests will enjoy a 7-course dinner with a wine pairing option, featuring Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh as the main ingredients. This special dinner is limited to 10 lucky culinary enthusiasts, so make your reservation today.

We've eaten there a couple times for dinner and once for Sunday brunch. Amazing food that's fun to eat. The brunch might be the best deal in town; five of us spent under a $100 and ordered practically the entire menu (might have been 3 or 4 dishes we were too full to try). It's a blast with 3-4 people splitting dishes and working your way through the menu. After two dinners we've gone through probably 30 dishes without repeating anything. Then there's all the extra dishes the kitchen gifts you with--apple "caviar," caramel corn, liquid nitrogen margaritas, and my favorite, the transparently thin slice of chorizo with olive oil powder and chocolate. Eating should always be this fun and challenge your concepts of flavor and texture. Not that eveything is weird and different. Plenty of dishes a timid eater could enjoy.

Having enjoyed his tasting menu at ONE.midtown kitchen, we are very excited about this. Yes, we're confirmed for all four nights and will try to take notes. Maybe pictures. But the food comes first.

2 Comments:

Blogger justkim said...

This sounds so cool! I'm looking forward to your reviews.

9/08/2007 05:42:00 PM  
Blogger justkim said...

I was musing to myself the other day and somehow managed to remember this. How was it?

1/05/2008 09:38:00 PM  

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