This weekend marks our 10th anniversary here at Chestnut Street Inn. We can’t believe how quickly the last 10 years has blown by. We have had so much fun and have made so many great friends over the years that we wanted to do something special to commemorate the special occasion. We all know that what makes CSI special is the food. That’s our passion and that’s what we do best. So in honor of our 10th anniversary we are going to rate our top 10 favorite menus we have done over the course of the last 10 years. Now here’s the fun part. Over the next 10 months we will recreate those menus and give you all a chance to either re-experience them if you were lucky enough to have them the first time around or to experience them for the first time if you missed them!! These are a combination of menus that were the most popular, most fun and certainly the tastiest. Next to each one we will include the full menu and the dates that we will be having them. Space will be limited for each of them so you will want to book early for them! Without further ado and in no particular order, here are our top 10 favorite meals!!
10) Moroccan Feast. It’s where my passion for food and cooking began. The spices, the fresh ingredients, the smells, the flavors, everything about Moroccan food screams sensuality. This menu will feature some of my absolute favorite classic Moroccan dishes: Harira (Beef, Tomato, Rice Soup); Roasted Pepper and Tomato Salad; Carrot and Raisin Salad; Orange and Olive Salad; Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Olive Tagine; Majoun (Dried Fruit and Nut Confections) and Almond Cookies with Moroccan Mint Tea. March 27 & 28 at 6:30pm-$40 per person plus tax.
9) My Big Fat Greek Wedding Dinner. Two summers ago we did a fantastic “Foodie Movie Themed Dinner” series and one of our favorites was the Greek extravaganza we did for My Big Fat Greek Wedding complete with Windex centerpieces. Opa! Dolmades (Stuffed Grape Leaves); Avoglomeno (Egg and Lemon Soup); Mini Moussaka; Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki and Lemon Garlic Roasted Potatoes; Bakhlava. April 24 & 25 at 6:30pm-$40 per person plus tax.
8) Chocolat Menu. Our third “Foodie Movie Themed Dinner” featured dishes from the movie Chocolat. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. How could that be bad? Homemade Chocolate Croissants; Shrimp with Spicy Mayan Inspired Chocolate Sauce; Mixed Greens with Cacao nibs, Warm Cocoa Crusted Goat Cheese, Roasted Beets and White Chocolate Vinaigrette; Chocolate, Rose Water and Cointreau Sorbet Palatte Cleanser; Roast Cornish Game Hen with Dark Chocolate Gravy, White Chocolate Potatoes au Gratin and Green Beans; Flourless Chocolate Cake with Spicy Hot Chocolate. May 29 & 30 at 6:30pm-$40 per person plus tax.
7) Wraps Around the World. This one speaks to the anthropologist in me as well as the chef. We went on the premise that every culture around the world does something along the lines of wrapping something around a filling and serving with a dipping sauce. Consider this your culinary travel opportunity to discover the cuisines of a myriad of different countries in fun, finger licking style. Japanese Spring Roll with Peanut Dipping Sauce; Spanish Empanadas with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce; Mexican Pork Taquitos with Salsa Verde; Polish Golumpki with Tomato Sauce; Hungarian Crepes with Ricotta Filling and Apricot Sauce. June 26 & 27 at 6:30pm. $40 per person plus tax.
6) Big Night. The first and most popular of our “Foodie Movie Themed Dinners,” based on the classic flick. If you haven’t seen it, it’s the best. Antipasto-Crostini with Caponata; La Zuppa-White Bean and Spinach Soup; Primi-Risotto Trio (Parmesan, Pesto and Seafood); Timpano; Salmon with Moscato Grape Sauce, Parmesan and Balsamic Roasted Tomatos and Roasted Asparagus; Tiramisu. July 24 & 25 at 6:30pm. $45 per person plus tax.
5) Happy Birthday Julia Child. No “Best of” list would be complete without an annual tribute to my favorite chef of all time, Julia Child. This is a collection of the favorites from all of our Happy Birthday Julia dinners over the last 10 years. Scallops with Beurre Blanc and Micro Greens; Vichyssoise (Chilled Potato Leek Soup); Pate au Canard (Duck in Puff Pastry), Baked Cucumbers and Roasted Potatoes; Coeur a la Creme with Berry Coulis and Mint. August 14 & 15 at 6:30pm. $40 per person plus tax.
4) Bacon Fest. We resisted but resistance was futile. It was a resounding success so here you go. Bacon Wrapped Duo-Dates with Almond Sauce and Shrimp with Honey Harissa BBQ Sauce; Spinach Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette; Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Pesto and Pancetta Leek Creamed Corn; Maple Bacon Creme Brulee with Chocolate Covered Bacon. September 11 & 12 at 6:30pm. $40 per person plus tax.
3) Spanish Tapas and Wine Dinner. We don’t often do wine pairing dinners but when we did this one it was hugely successful. Actual pairings will be forthcoming based upon availability and the dinner will be available with or without the pairings. Goat Cheese and Tapenade Stuffed Tomatoes; Roasted Pepper, Tomato and Olive Salad; Shrimp with Romesco Sauce; Pork Brochettes; Sweet Potato Tortilla; Flan. October 23 & 24 at 6:30pm. $40 per person plus tax.
2) Dr. Seuss Backwards Menu. This is actually my favorite but I didn’t want to put it on the menu in December so it’s getting #2 billing. We did this for April Fool’s Day one year and it was arguably the most fun I have ever had in the kitchen. Whimsical, child-like and delicious! First Course-Dessert: Horton Hears a Who–Whoville Served Over Dirt and Snow (Chocolate Truffle Served Over Brownie and Pistachio Crumbles with Fresh Whipped Cream); Second Course-Entrée: How The Grinch Stole Christmas!–Roast Beast with Who Pudding and Who Hash (Cornish Hen with Yorkshire Pudding and Zucchini Sweet Potato Fritter); Third Course-Bread Course: The Butter Battle Book–Home Baked Bread with Butter Two Ways; Fourth Course-Palatte Cleanser: Scrambled Eggs Super!-Eggs Super-Dee-Dooper-dee-Booper (Mini Mushroom Fritatta with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese); Fifth Course-Salad: The Cat in the Hat–A Hat, A Fish and Two Things(Mozzarella Caprese Salad with Seared Shrimp and Crispy Prosciutto Chips); Sixth Course-Appetizer: Green Eggs and Ham–Green Eggs and Ham(Avocado Deviled Egg with Crispy Bacon). November 20 & 21 at 6:30pm. Cost is $45 per person plus tax.
1) Crab Fest. You all love seafood, that’s clear. So we had to recreate this one. Amuse Bouche: Crab, Avocado, Pepper Salad with Micro Greens; Crab Stuffed Mushrooms; Crab Bisque; Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce with Apple Fennel Slaw; White Chocolate Raspberry Pots de Cremes with Whipped Cream and Fresh Raspberries. December 11 & 12 at 6:30pm. $40 per person plus tax.