Dining with Canadian Lentils #LoveLentils

My recap of Blogher’15 activities is coming (promise!) but my first evening in NYC involved a private dinner event so fabulous it deserves its own post. Did you know that Canada is the world’s largest exporter of lentils to the global marketplace?? Lentils are a runners dream. I discovered them about a year ago and have steadily added them into my regular diet. logo

Sponsored by Canadian Lentils a group of us bloggers were hosted by Red Rooster and Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem, owned and operated by top chef Marcus Samuelsson, for what was sure to be a dynamite foodie experience. We met up with Canadian Lentils at the hotel and they transported us to and from on private buses and I never felt so VIP! RRHarlem

We entered the Red Rooster but dined downstairs in Ginny’s Supper Club which boasts a stage and live music – think speakeasy. I wasn’t sure what to expect at this event but each and every one of us was greeted by Chef Samuelsson who prepared a full course meal with 5 lentils inspired dishes (with all the Prosecco you can drink). RedRooster marontherun.com

To Start: Cornbread and Oyster and Wings

The cornbread was served with a bird and lentil funk – which was unusual for me but savory and oh so delicious. Cornbread marontherun.comThe Oyster and Wing were rooster wings and oysters fried in lentil flour. This was my first time experiencing oysters in any form and they were pretty good. I’m salivating all over again. Oyster&Wing marontherun.com

Appetizer: Gravlax

Upstate farm greens, clam and mustard viniagrette with lentil roti chips. The salad was served over a few pieces of smoked salmon. I wasn’t a huge fan of this dish – the salmon was salty and I actually don’t like clams but the lentil roti chip was to die for. Gravlax marontherun.com

Entree: Duo of Lentil-dusted Catfish and Braised Short Ribs

Ah, yes… you had me at Catfish. I don’t have much to say about this dish (other than yummy noises) as it completely melted in my mouth! It was served with a yellow lentil apple puree and fermented garlic. Catfish_shortribs marontherun.com

Desserts: Apple Sorbet and Doughnuts

To cleanse the palate, a granny smith apple sorbet with candied ginger. AppleSorbet marontherun.comThis was followed by these beautiful doughnuts filled with lentil puree. And of course whipped cream 🙂 Doughnuts marontherun.com

By the end I was SO full but knew everything was made with nutrient dense goodness. I had just started to get on the lentils train and now I’m toot tooting and driving it all around town. Yes, it was that amazing. We each got a meet and greet and photo with Marcus Samuelsson… Mar_Marcus Sameulsson marontherun.com

…and the evening ended with a gift bag of goodies from Canadian Lentils to take home. I love useful swag! (portable salad bowl, bamboo salad hands and a cutting board).CdnLentils marontherun.com

I really enjoyed this experience. Both the creative use of lentils and checking out Red Rooster Harlem for the first time. When and if I make it back to New York City, I know exactly where I plan on dining. Thank you again Canadian Lentils and Chef Samuelsson for the hospitality and Blogher for making this possible!

Ever hear of/dine at Red Rooster Harlem? Are you a fan of lentils? 


34 thoughts on “Dining with Canadian Lentils #LoveLentils

  1. Wow, what an amazing experience! Red Rooster is awesome and has definitely brought a good vibe to the area it is in. I was lucky enough to dine there at a dinner hosted by a law firm during recruiting season in law school, as I went to Columbia pretty close by, but I can’t imagine having a private dinner there 🙂
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    1. I was too for the longest time! I only ate them if I was out somewhere and cooked by someone else. But then I bought a bag and cooked some and I’m definitely in love now 🙂 easier than you think 😉

  2. Oh my gosh! These all look so tasty, I just finished lunch but I could totally eat those lentil doughnuts right now. How fun to have a themed meal and that restaurant, so creative.
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  3. Oooo I’ve never heard of that restaurant, but it looks like they fed you very well!

    And I’m ashamed to say that, despite being Canadian, I had no idea we were the biggest exporter of lentils! Say whaaat?! I do love my lentils though – I always stock up on a big bag from the bulk section at the grocery store!
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