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Whole pig cookery

Hello,
I am catering a wedding for 100-120 people in late August. The bride and groom want a whole pig roasted as their entree for the wedding ceremony. I work in the industry and know where to get a pig the appropriate size, which is roughly 75lbs. The pig box I was going to use holds a pig only up to 50lbs. Is there a place I can rent a pig box from? Or, is there a way to make a pig box? Would it be better to dig a whole in the ground and cook it over night?

If you need more information please let me know. Thanks!

Spence

Jul 18, 2013
SpencerC in Greater Seattle

Fine dining dinner for two in Paris

Wow, so many comments regarding the pricepoint.

Anyways, I think I've decided on Kei or dinner. Cobea will be my backup plan.

I may try L'Atelier and/or L'Astrance for lunch while I'm there.

Feb 19, 2013
SpencerC in France

Fine dining dinner for two in Paris

So, from the sounds of it I should dine at Kei. I'm willing to go a little over budget if need be. Is it worth it to go to Robuchon, Gagnaire, L'Astrance, or even Guy Savoy?
I'm a chef in a restaurant in the states and enjoy good food and wine and appreciate what these master chefs have brought to the table for as long as I can remember. Should I skip these places and go to Kei? Or is it worth my time and money to dine at one of these other establishments?

Feb 16, 2013
SpencerC in France

Fine dining dinner for two in Paris

I am traveling through Europe next month and am ending my trip in Paris where a very good friend of mine lives. He is letting me stay at his place, so as a thank you I would like to take him out for a nice dinner. I am looking to spend 70-100€ per person, wine not included.
I've done some research and have come up with a few places:
L'Atelier de Robuchon
Pierre Gagnaire
L'Astrance
Kei
Cobéa
Le 39V
Of these, which one is worth the money most? Also, if you have any better suggestions please let me know. Thanks!

Feb 13, 2013
SpencerC in France

Two Weeks in Europe

I'm headed to Europe for the first two weeks of March with a good friend. This is my first time in traveling to Europe. We plan on eating and drinking as much as possible. I'll be spending time in Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Prauge. I am a line cook at a restaurant in Seattle and would love nothing more than to eat and drink at some really good restaurant, cafes, bars, and clubs. Where should we go? From cheap cafes and street food to fine dining, anything will work!

Feb 12, 2013
SpencerC in Europe

Chicago Visit

Both are booked on Saturday the 19th....

Apr 26, 2012
SpencerC in Chicago Area

Chicago Visit

Ok, well Schwa and El Ideas are not open the days I'm in Chicago so that wont work. I'm trying to go to GATG either early or late one day and hope for a seat at the bar.

There are tables open at Boka and Tru. Both menus look good and are within my budget. Which one should I eat at?

Apr 25, 2012
SpencerC in Chicago Area

How did I do with my dinner plans? (and a couple other questions.)

I've lived and worked in the Seattle area as a line cook for 5 years now. Here's my breakdown of your choices:

Etta's is good for brunch and lunch, used to work there, but not the best Tom Douglas restaurant. All of his places are good, not great. You may want to try something not so tourist heavy like a Tom Douglas place.

Staple and Fancy, Spinasse, and Book Bindary are all great Seattle restaurants. Great choices.

Hitchcock is good!, on Bainbridge Island, which is a 35 minute ferry ride away, but if you are going to make that adventure, I recommend the Four Swallows restaurant. It's been around for years and is always delicious.

The Coterie room is really good and so is Spur, They are owned by the same people

The Blind Pig is also a good choice, a little out of the way of downtown, but worth the travel

I recently ate at Joule at is was good, not great, and is pretty far away considering you have no car and cabs can get pricey.

Mistral Kitchen is a great meal and within walking distance from the convention center.

I've never had a good experience at Local360 Service is mediocre at best and the food is not worth the price.

The Walrus and the Carpenter is great. Oysters on the half shell are the best in the city. Ballard is pretty far away as well, but well worth it!

Artusi is also great, get the squid ink pasta and the tripe!!

I've never eaten at Elemental, it's closing soon so go there while you can.

Pasta Freska is ok,

Altura is great. Creative and delicious.

I recommend heading to the market on an empty stomach and just walk through it. Grab small bites here and there and see what you like. I've been doing it for years and have come up with my favorite spots, Mee Sum Pastry, Three Girls Bakery, and Uli's Sausages.

A few good restaurants close to the convention are RN74, Michael Mina's new Seattle hotspot (Downtown) Tavern Law, great for cocktails and small bites, it's owned by the same guys as Spur and Coterie Room (Capitol Hill) Smith is great for breakfast (Capitol Hill) or Palace Kitchen (Downtwon/Belltown) Good late night food and drinks.

Hope this helps and have a good time in Seattle!

Apr 23, 2012
SpencerC in Greater Seattle

Chicago Visit

I want to go to the Longman and eagle for brunch. Love chicken and waffles! I might go early or late to GATG and try to get in. I'm not in Chicago long and I don't want to miss out on at least one amazing meal so I might skip GATG cuz I might not get a seat. Yusho looks really good. Maybe Tru or Moto?

Apr 22, 2012
SpencerC in Chicago Area

Chicago Visit

Thanks for the heads up!

Apr 22, 2012
SpencerC in Chicago Area

Chicago Visit

Ok, bad news. I tried to get a reservation at GATG but the soonest reservation isn't till early June. I've looked at the menus at El Ideas and Longman and Eagle. Both looks awesome. I will probably go to the Purple Pig for lunch or late night! Any other suggestions?

Apr 21, 2012
SpencerC in Chicago Area

Chicago Visit

Oh! I've heard really good things about Cantu's place! I might have to go check that out.

What about Moto? is that worth a visit?

Apr 20, 2012
SpencerC in Chicago Area

Chicago Visit

Ok, so I'll try to get into Schwa, knowing they could cancel on me at any time.
As a back up plan where should I go eat? From the sounds of it Girl and the Goat seems to not be a big hit. I'm going to try to have a cocktail at the Aviary but what about Sprout or Graham Elliot? Maybe a trip to Charlie Trotters before it closes? Or somewhere I've not mentioned...

Apr 20, 2012
SpencerC in Chicago Area

Chicago Visit

I'm am off to Chicago May 19th-22nd. It's my first vacation in almost three years. I live and work in Seattle Washington as a line cook. I've traveled to Chicago countless of times and when I go, I always take my good friend out to dinner. I've eaten and worked at Alinea. I've done the tasting menu at Blackbird. And have had wonderful experiences at Topolobampo, and Frontera Grill.
I am looking to go somewhere like the places stated above on my trip this May. I cannot afford a visit to Next, although I would love to go.
I've read and heard form other restaurant people about Schwa, Tru, Everest, The Girl and the Goat, Sprout, and Graham Elliot as all good places to eat while I'm there.
Any thoughts on where to eat?

Apr 19, 2012
SpencerC in Chicago Area

Restaurant Week

Didn't know you were on chowhound. Crush is participating but I've eaten there and would like to leave it as a wonderful memory.

Apr 16, 2011
SpencerC in Greater Seattle

Restaurant Week

I am taking my date out to dinner for restaurant week next week, either Tuesday or Wednesday. I am a line cook at a restaurant in Seattle and admire good food and service. She has not really experienced excellent food or service and I would like to show her. I would like it to be romantic and have good cocktails, she is not much of a wine drinker. I have already eaten the tasting menus offered at Spur and Restaurant Zoe, just to narrow it down a little. Any suggestions of where to go for Restaurant Week? We have means of transportation so distance isn't a problem.

Apr 16, 2011
SpencerC in Greater Seattle

Smoking Coffee Beans

I am currently trying to find information about smoking coffee beans. I have hickory wood chips and about a pound of beans. The beans are already roasted but I would still like to smoke them. Does anyone know how long one should smoke the beans in order for the smoke to add flavor to the beans?

Apr 16, 2011
SpencerC in Home Cooking