Friday, December 30, 2011

919 Soule - Our New Project

I am writing to let all of you know about the Urban Chef's new project, 919 Soule.  The Urban Chef and I are taking the plunge into entrepreneurship and are planning to open a restaurant this spring.  Chef Jon will be bringing Brooklyn creative American fare 6 nights a week starting May 2012.  But to make this dream happen, we need your help.  We cannot bring you 919 Soule without the support of our friends and family to get off the ground.  Please visit our kickstarter page and make any donation you can (tax deductible).

At 919 Soule we reject the notion that classic American fare is limited to soul (comfort) food—we can be inspired by these traditions but not limited to them.  What makes a cuisine American is the amalgamation of flavors and techniques that can only happen in a society as pluralistic as our own.  Working with a palate that is local and seasonal, Soule will put forward food that is as soul satisfying as any southern intuitions, but with attention to detail and subtlety and  technique equal to the best restaurants of the world. 
Your donation will help us transform the 919 Fulton Street space into a modern kitchen and a casually elegant dining room.  Thank you for your donation.

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And for those of you who love the inside scoop, I will be posting pictures of the renovation of the restaurant, menus, and all sorts of restaurant opening dirt for your reading pleasure.  But none of this will happen if we don’t get the money to open!  So please, make a donation now via kickstarter.

If you are interested in investing, please contact me at

To all our readers, have a happy and safe New Year! 2012 is going to be delicious.

Friday, December 16, 2011

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s a turkey!

Tisk tisk to me, I know I have been late in posting!

First, big news, the urban chef has been named the Executive Chef at Thistle Hill Tavern!  Bravo Jon!  He will be updating the menu and adding some brand new dishes.  As he makes menu improvements, we will be posting them here.  For those in Brooklyn, if you haven’t made it Thistle, go now! 

Most of us have put Thanksgiving out of our minds and are all consumed with the upcoming holiday, so I’m going to give the condensed Turkey Day round up—and let’s face it, most of you just tune in for the food pictures anyway!  Jon’s boss, David Massoni, owner at Thistle Hill bought us a 22lb fresh turkey.  This thing was a BEAST!  Jon roasted the turkey covered in cheese cloth with about 2 lbs of butter to achieve the perfect crispy skin.  

 In addition, we also received a leg of venison from a co-worker of mine.  He and the Urban Chef met at a charity event and as they were discussing their hobbies, my co-worker said he like to hunt deer, Jon said he liked to cook deer, and voila, the next day in the work fridge was a frozen leg of venison for us to take home!  Jon served it with a pomegranate dressing.  Here he is preparing it (so cute!).

To round it out, our urban chef also delighted us with:
Truffle stuffed mushrooms
Devils on horseback (bacon wrapped dates, an oldie but goodie)

Mashed potatoes
Sweet potatoes
Green bean casserole
Roasted brussels sprouts
Collard greens

It was all so much, and so good!  

To partake in this feasting, my family came to visit, my brother and mother from Maryland / Virginia, and my sister from Florida. We also had our friends Cristina & Jorge.  

Big changes are coming to the Urban Chef and me.  We can’t quite announce it yet, but we have a new project in the works.  Keep your eyes and ears open, because when it happens, you won’t want to miss it.  

For our next post, Christmas cookies, snowballs, peanut butter cookies, sugar cookies, oh my! Watch out Santa!