Top Chef: Seattle, Finalist
MTV "House Of Food" Mentor
Chef + Owner at The Tripel, The Hudson House, and Playa Provisions
Originally Featured March 2014
The Artisan Ingredients
Crafted By: Michael Marino + Jorge Moret
Nonna’s Smoky Sauce plays on the inherent flavors found in City Saucery’s products and turns up the volume. Combining hearty eggplant, earthy garlic and sweet New Jersey tomatoes, this unique blend gives the sauce a silky, smooth, and smoky character.
While the ingredient is a perfect complement to Italian flavors in dishes such as Cioppino, Lasagna, or Chicken Parmesan the rich notes also work well in a variety of other interesting plates such as in lieu of ketchup on a burger, adding depth to Shakshuka, or even adding to a brazen Bloody Mary.
Sierra Nut House
Crafted By: Joann Sorrenti
The black lentils at Sierra Nut House are an ideal health-minded and delicious alternative grain. Their hue is from high concentrations of anthocyanins, the same antioxidants found in blueberries, plums, and cherries which are found to be memory-boosting and cancer-fighting.
Pairing well with seafood such as Salmon, Scallops, and Halibut they are the ideal summer super-food. Known for its use in Indian cuisine, the lentils can also be integrated in soups, braised in red wine, or with bacon and mushrooms.
Liber & Co.
Crafted By: Chris Harrison, Adam Higginbotham, and Robert Higginbotham
Being Texas boys, the artisans being Liber & Co. grew up eating Rio Star grapefruits. Brilliantly red and sweet, the varietal is unique to South Texas and the ideal product to toast their home state. Crafted with a combination of grapefruits, coconut vinegar, cane sugar and allspice, the shrub is tart and tangy, with bright and zesty notes enhancing the flavor of cocktails and savory preparations.
While created with cocktails in mind and perfect in a Paloma or with Mezcal and Tequila this ingredient also can be integrated into heartier and sweet options such as Ice Cream, Tarts, Salad Dressings, or with raw seafood dishes like Sea Trout Crudo.
Nora Mill Granary
Crafted By: Joann + Rich Fain Tarpley
Nicknamed “Georgia Ice Cream” these grits are coarse ground from whole grain corn. Produced with a process that never degerminates the grits remain as nutritious and flavorful as possible. Ground on French burr millstones guarantees the old fashioned flavor that is perfect for any meal throughout the day and an ideal pairing with Short Ribs and other hearty meats, as an alternative to filo dough in Spanakopita, in a Casserole, or even as a Pie Crust.
Their subtle taste and firm texture allow these grits to be a perfectly versatile addition to any pantry and a blank canvas for any culinary adventures.
Skillet Street Food
Crafted By: Josh Henderson
Made from uncured bacon that contains no nitrates or nitrites added, this product is a flavorful and rich ingredient with the ability to elevate even the simplest dish. Crafted with pork belly, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, and caramelized onions, and a selection of spices the mixture is sweet and tangy with deep umami notes.
Quick pureed and blast chilled the spread is a wonderful addition to Burgers, Sandwiches, or on Simple Toast. The Skillet Bacon Spread also works its magic added to a Mushroom Gravy, in the dressing for a salad Lyonnaise, or to add brightness to Sauteed Brussels Sprouts.
The Signature Recipes
As a self-taught chef, I'm thrilled to witness the growth in entrepreneurial food purveyors sprouting up acoss the country and the passion for crafting speciality products focused on organic and locally-sourced ingredients. At my restaurants, The Hudson House, The Tripel, and Playa Provisions we're dedicated to utilizing every product to its fullest ability - another aspect of the artisanal movement that I connect with. When the team at The FareTrade approached me as a potential collaborator I was excited to see what amazing things I could dish up for their members - spotlighting small-batch purveyors in lieu of what we would typically make in-house. I think you'll discover some satiating recipes that are easy to produce at home and sure to impress your family and friends.
The artisanal products featured in my basket are robust and brimming with flavor ideal for the summer months. The dishes I've created for you are refined but approachable - the kind of food you want to enjoy outside with loved ones with a great cocktail or glass of wine. It's my favorite season for food and I hope these will be recipes you'll continue to come back to, year after year.