As we reported earlier this year, Truffles executive chef John Griffiths accepted an invitation to prepare dinner at the internationally known James Beard House in New York’s Greenwich Village on Tue., June 26, at 7pm.
A protégé of James Beard Award winner and former St. Louis chef/restaurateur Larry Forgione, Griffiths will showcase his culinary talents to James Beard Foundation members and members of the media with a six-course rustic Italian menu inspired by his journey as a chef. His menu for the evening will “spin the finest Midwestern ingredients and products into Italian fare that’s both modern and comforting.” Also on display from the Show-Me State that evening will be Augusta Winery’s 2009 Norton and Montelle Winery’s 2010 Dry Vignoles (both Beverage Tasting Institute gold medal recipients), which will be featured as part of the menu.
Tickets are open to the event, but, if you can’t make to the East Coast, a series of preview dinners here in St. Louis promise to deliver the next best thing. The menu will be similar (with the exception of an added hors d'oeuvre of goat milk ricotta with blueberry mostarda on walnut toast and fifth-course adjustment of local blackberries instead of summer jam) and will be available:
- Sun., June 10, at Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant
- Sun., June 17, at Sidney Street Café
Hors d’oeuvres begin at 6pm, and dinner will be served at 7pm both nights. A portion of the proceeds from the preview dinners will help support Griffiths and his crew for the New York event.
Tickets are $89 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations contact Modesto Restaurant at 314.772.8272.