Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Well the front of house is almost finished.

I have just a few more things to do and we will be ready. However, now I have to do is play the waiting game with the Health Department, ABC and Business License, but as soon as those clear it is game on.

While we wait, I needed top do some "recipe development". This morning I went over to Timbercreek Organics, one of the farms that Im working with, and got fresh chicken and its eggs.

To go with what I got this morning, this afternoon Cam and I went to the Meade Park farmers market. Every week we start seeing more and more beautiful Va produce. We got mini cantaloupes, first of the season corn, plums and many other little goodies.

What came out of the days adventures:

roast chicken breast, fried egg, corn, bacon and chicken jus

Ive said it once and Ill say it again, I cant wait to cook for y'all.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

So I believe that there are many responsibilities that come along with owning a small business. The two most important are supporting your local community and giving money to those who are doing research to make the world a better place.

Brookville will be doing its part.

Everyday we will have 'Hub specials', the profits of which will go strait to the Local Food Hub. All of our employees will have an opportunity to compete to have their creation be the 'Hub special', using product that we have sourced from the Local Food Hub.

Further, we have adopted two charities that are trying hard to find cures for diseases that take too many live. These charities are The V Foundation for Cancer Research and The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

It is our intention to help any way that we can.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

So I have almost gotten the travel bug out of me, for now.

I have finally gone back to every place where I cooked; NYC, London and now San Francisco. My reasons for doing all this traveling are two fold. First, I needed to travel before I am married to Brookville, till death do us part. Second, I wanted to learn any new flavor combinations, techniques, service tips and decor ideas that I might be able to bring back to Charlottesville.

If I keep learning like this, one day I may be able to create something cool and new like the places I visit.

Whilst in SF Ive purchased more cookbooks for the bookshelves (that are in and looking good):
Farmers' Market Desserts by Jennie Schacht
Preserve It! by Lynda Brown
Mixt Salads by Andrew Swallow

More pics from the Restaurant yet to come.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Well the place is getting closer.

We have all but finished the paining in the entire restaurant. All that remains is to start getting out any old crap, finish cleaning the kitchen, hire staff...........Oh wait, I have a ton of stuff left to do. My mantra has been, 'every day the list gets smaller'.

Having not actually cooked anything substantial in about a month; yesterday I, along with Cam, decided to do a little recipe development. What we came up with were really quite tasty.

First, Cam made a really nice:

roast chicken breast, spinach, sun-dried tomato, caper and meyer lemon

Truly it was a good dish.

I came up with:

slow paoched Va egg, bacon, pea tendrils, Va gouda and caper/bacon vin
double-cut pork chop, shitaki, spring onion and herb/ham hock jus

Both were good but need some fine tuning.

Luckily I have time.

Im really looking forward to cook for other people.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Meet our new mascot, BV the Pig.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

My pork belly adventure continues!!!

Last night I ate at a restaurant called Wild Honey, in London. It was delicious and the pork bell was perfect. It was served with a ragu of barley and fresh chickpeas, roasted carrot & a gooseberry fluid gel. The pork was cooked perfectly, my guess would be it was cooked sous vide, the craklin was so crisp.

Along with the pork, I ordered English Asparagus with poached egg vin & spring leaves, as well as, English veal with gnocchi, peas & broad beans (fava). These were both very good dishes but held no ground to the belly.

Along with dinner I added some new books to the Brookville collection:

The Mirabelle Cookbook by Marco Pierre White,
Puddings by Phil Vickery's,
I Love Macarons by Hisako Ogita,
River Cottage by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall,
In the Green Kitchen by Alice Waters,
The Modern Vegetarian by Maria Elia,
Yes Chef! by James Winter and James Bulmer,
New York Cooks by Joan Krellenstein and Barbara Winkler,
From Nature to Plate by Tom Kitchin,
The Real Food Companion by Matthew Evans
Nutmeg and Custard by Marcus Wareing (who by the way is the reason that I wanted to become a chef, unbeknownst to him)

I cant wait to see others enjoying these books as much as I am, whilst sitting at one of the seats in Brookville.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Well we have gotten upwards of 60% of the painting done. No longer will I have to look at hunter green all over the place, but rather a nice off white.

Also the chalk boards are done, which I think will be one of the cooler features of Brookville.

However, as things begin to get checked off the list, many more still await our thorough touch.

Still left: Clean and organize kitchen, get all my licenses in order, hire a staff willing to work hard, finish painting, find suppliers, etc.

I am realizing more and more how much this endeavor is one of love.


Now I am off to England to get some final inspiration. I need to return to the place where it all started before I can get in the kitchen and begin cooking for the great people of Charlottesville.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Day One

Well I took over the lease of 225 W Main yesterday, got off the train and went to pick up the keys.

I have so much work to do, but got right on it today.

Took out some banquets to open up the front room: now construction is complete.

Next step is to start painting.