Sometimes frequent commenters distinguish themselves often enough with witty prose, clever insights, cool tips, spirited defense (when we’re assailed by trolls), and just-plain-neat-ness that we here at Metblogs take our relationship to the next level. You saw it with Burns!, now an author, who started out as a passionate & well-spoken (well-written?) commenter. Now I have to introduce you to Mr. Hooks, who, while he demurely passed on my invite to become an author (he’s a busy man, after all), has come to almost all our Classic Eats events and meetups and has become–dare I say it!–a Friend.
The friendly Mr. Hooks is becoming Chef Hooks tomorrow night, and you all will get a chance to meet him as he becomes the latest Friend to cook in the “Friends Cook at Canelé” series–occasional Tuesday nights when the bistro/tapas/wine bar opens up its kitchen to select lucky bastards (I think you have to call them & ask, plan a menu within their price point, and just be downright righteous) to curate & cook their own recipes in a dinner service.
Chef Hooks’ own recipes, featured tomorrow, include sweet corn soup with avocado crème frâiche, cilantro oil & bacon lardon and pan-fried skate wing in brown butter lemon sauce with apples, young leeks, and a cauliflower purée. Dessert is a riff on the summery fave of strawberry soup. Your very reasonable cost for this three-course price-fixe is about thirty smackers.
Our compliments to the chef!