Photos by Carrie Walters
A little over a week ago Carrie and I had the opportunity to attend the debut of Supper Studio, a seasonal series (co-produced by Tracy Candido, Laura Leebove and Ben Wygonik) that combines live music with a multicourse meal in an intimate setting. The ingredients used in the dishes are meant to reflect the performing band’s qualities, and in this case, the inspiration was Pearl and the Beard (who we’ve interviewed before here at BYT, and whose music is FANTASTIC).
All of that being said, I could already tell this was going to be a good experience, so the menu items only sweetened the deal; the lineup included polenta fries with duck prosciutto and roasted asparagus, a smoked almond tart with eggplant, tomatoes and ricotta, a watermelon radish salad with lemon anchovy vinaigrette, black pepper mac and cheese with smoked salmon and grilled zucchini, AND a vanilla tapioca pudding with strawberry rhubarb syrup and shortbread cookie crumbles. HOLY.WHOA.RIGHT?! (They also took dietary restrictions into consideration, which we were especially appreciative of considering Carrie is vegan.)
Pretty soon after everyone had arrived to the space and gotten settled with drinks, the band began to play a few songs for us. Appetizers were passed, and we were all able to mingle as the rest of the meal was prepared. Later, we transitioned to table seating for the salad, main dish and dessert portions of the evening.
I should take a moment to say that everything was legitimately delicious; the savory dishes had smoky and comforting elements that represented the overall feel of Pearl and the Beard’s musical vibes, and I have to say my favorite things were the smoked almond tart and the smoked salmon mac and cheese as both hit the nail on the head flavor and theme-wise. I was also a HUGE fan of the dessert, which is not totally surprising since I am a sucker for all things rhubarb, but I wasn’t expecting to enjoy the tapioca as much as I did, aka SO MUCH!
While we were seated, we had the chance to get to know our neighbors, which was something that I really appreciated; there was definitely a sense of community despite a fairly diverse crowd, which is a testament that food and music really do bring people together.
To cap off the experience, Pearl and the Beard played a few more songs for us while we digested. All in all, a very worthwhile and special evening that I would recommend to you when the series returns in the fall of 2013! Below you’ll find Carrie’s photographs of all the action, and check out the website for updates on S/S #2!
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