Monday, November 2, 2009

Woodfire Grill

It doesn't get much better that having a Top Chef cook your birthday meal! And that is just what happened for Cheryl and me. Nan arranged an evening at Woodfire Grill and my favorite Top Chef, Kevin Gillespie, was kind enough to stop by our table for photos and questions about his experience in the competition.

The Woodfire Grill is a warm and inviting restaurant filled with the wonderful aroma of the hardwood burning in the open grill. The menu is planned daily around the freshest available ingredients. Our meal started was a tasty tarragon and fall veggie amuse-bouche.
The first course featured one of my favorite vegetables, fried okra served with white acre peas and tarragon aioli.

Pan seared scallops followed, cooked to perfection on a blackeyed pea puree with fried carrots and braised bacon.

Kenny selected the wood-grilled strip loin with horseradish greens and duck fat roasted fingerling potatoes while I had the wild Alaskan halibut both beautifully plated and equally delicious.

Cheryl's dessert was the most interesting dish of the night. The moist banana bread was topped with a bacon butter cream icing. Yes, I said bacon butter cream! The sweet icing included the smokey taste of bacon.

It was a lovely evening spent with good friends enjoying good food.


  1. Don't you just love being pampered. It looks delicious!

  2. I highly recommend the Woodfire Grill. A great dinner!

  3. It was good seeing you! I hope you and your family had a nice holiday together! I obviously haven't checked your blog in awhile... what an incredible dinner! Mark and I are HUGE Top Chef/Kevin fans and have talked about going to his restaurant. How neat!

  4. Are you and Kenny relaxing in the New Year? You have been so quiet...just wanted to check in on you.

  5. Mandy, it was great seeing you. You must try the Woodfire Grill on your next visit.