Traveling Plate Supper Club: A Fine Place to Be a Chef
|Photo courtesy of the Traveling Plate|
|Villacrusis and crew soak in the applause after dinner.|
Chef Roy Villacrusis was the guest chef at last night's Traveling Plate, which served about 30 people at the Girls' Club Collection gallery. And while Villacrusis was certainly slaving away in a makeshift kitchen out back, he was also cheered regularly as he explained
his dishes and then given a lavish ovation at the end of the night. Not bad for a profession where you're usually a faceless toque in the back of the house.
|The supper club began with cured scallops with stuffed lychees.|
"It's been really incredible to interact with the people eating your food," Villacrusis said at the end of the night. "You don't usually get to talk to people about what you're making for them."
|Villacrusis explained to the group that the scallops and pork belly was a play on surf and turf.|
And what he made was pretty spectacular, including the passed hors d'oeuvres, a cured salmon appetizer, scallops and pork belly, and a filet with wild mushrooms. He finished off the night with a dessert akin to churros stuffed with cheesecake, dramatically served on a long plank. A caramel-banana sauce served for dipping.
|The filet sat on a bed of wild mushrooms.|
The event, sponsored in part by Clean Plate Charlie, was a fundraiser for the ARC Broward Culinary Institute, which trains people with disabilities and other difficulties to enter the food industry. ARC is planning to hold a supper club every couple months, or maybe more frequently, considering the response to this one. Tickets sold out in just four minutes.
The food was certainly the highlight, but it was perhaps made more significant at the end of the night when Villacrusis stood for applause along with the night's servers and the culinary institute students who cooked alongside the chef.
So chefs feeling a bit under appreciated, you should apply to cook at one of these events. And restaurants looking for new employees, ARC Broward has a few proven students who have cooked alongside an esteemed chef -- and held their own.
Eric Barton is editor of New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Email him here, or click here to follow him on Facebook.