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.
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!
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).
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. The 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.
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.
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.
Desserts: Apple Sorbet and Doughnuts
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…
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?