Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cloak & Dinner: Carnevale di Venezia || 10/22/11

Our first private supper, booked exclusively by my parents for their friends who've all had yet the chance to try our cooking, even though we take over their house on a monthly basis and turn it into our own private kitchen studio.  Knowing that we were cooking for a group of massive wine fanatics, we decided to head to Italy for a little Carnevale experience...
A tavola non si invecchia!

Tonight, we travel to Carnevale di Venezia! Each year, forty days of pageantry light up the ancient canals and corridors of Venice, as masked revelers sing, dance, and feast their way to Martedì Grasso. A Venezia, you talk with your hands and cook con il cuore... (with your heart.) We've gathered tastes da tutto il paese to capture the intoxicating spirit of the Queen of the Adriatic, but in truth, the food is only one small part of the eternal essence di Carnivale. Unirsi a noi per gustare i sapori d'Italia, e, così facendo, diventano una vera famiglia. Mi scusi, I got carried away there for a moment. Park your Gondolas, don your bauta, and viva la vita! Tonight we celebrate il Carnevale, wishing it could last all year.
As always, here are a few housekeeping notes.  If you'd like to be added to the mailing list for future C&D dinners, please email rsvp@cloakanddinner.com. and remember you can also follow us on twitter @cloakanddinner.

compartmentalized caprese
deconstructed caprese salad with pesto olive oil in pipettes & sweet balsamic reduction

gazpacho of melon with prosciutto duo
a play on melon & prosciutto with both fried & fresh and a garnish of mint

smoked salmon lasagna
a fan favorite from the Rags to Riches dinner!

Il Contorno
a walk through the garden
edible mushroom dirt with an elderflower spiked salad garden

array of scented sea salts with steak
taken from our A Day in the Life dinner we accented with baby potatoes, cauliflower & exotic sea salts including ghost pepper, garlic & hickory smoke

goat + parmesan panna cotta
a goat cheese panna cotta topped with a parmesan tuile and "kalamata olive" grapes reduced in red wine

not your traditional tiramisu
deconstructed. chocolate mousse with sponge cake, espresso mascarpone and bacon cocaine

And of course... onto the cocktails!
with a few non alcoholic drinkers in the midst, Isaac got to flex his creative muscles for some non-alcoholic libations

Eastern Standard Time (non-alcoholic)

Faux Kir (non-alcoholic)
raspberry/sparkling cider

Winter Warmer (non-alcoholic)

Clockwork Orange
gin/whiskey/orange/lime/miracle mile chocolate-chili bitters/nutmeg

Basil Gimlet

Honey Fig Redemtion


  1. The shape of the caprese actually reminds me of a pair of shoes, was that intentional?

  2. Haha it wasn't but I totally see it!

  3. I am looking for my memories through the stories, the narrative of people. I feel it is difficult but I will try.

  4. I know there will be many difficulties and challenges but I am determined to do it. If it does not succeed then it will be a lesson for me as well


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