This Sunday and Monday - mix with film buffs and foodies at Poole’s - STIR THE POT a dinner and discussion benefiting Southern Foodways Alliance’s Documentary Film Inititative. The first dinner is featuring special guests Alex Raij and Eder Montero- owners of New York’s Txikito. Ashley Christensen, owner of Poole’s is fired up about the dinner. Then on Monday the public is invited to an Industry Pot luck at Christensen’s home. Her email tells it better than we can. Read below.
On Sunday August 8th & Monday August 9th, Poole’s Diner is proud to offer our second helping of STIR THE POT, a seasonal dinner and discussion benefitting the Southern Foodways Alliance’s documentary film initiative. The dinner and discussion will feature Alex Raij and Eder Montero, the wife and husband owners of New York’s Txikito, the city’s only Basque restaurant and El Quinto Pino, the city’s best tapas place.
Alex and Eder’s food is a gorgeous love letter to Spain. Their cooking is simple and excellent in both ingredients and technique. Travel and Leisure named Txikito (pronounced Chic Kee Toe) to their 50 Best Restaurants list for their perfectly crisp suckling pig and dynamic seasonal specials. Their burger “El Doble” was the game changer in the NYC burger wars (and is still winning).
El Quinto Pino was named Best Tapas Bar by New York magazine, and New York’s only true tapas bar’ by Peter Meehan of the New York Times. It has been suggested that the Uni Panini may be the most original thing to happen to the sandwich since the hot dog.
Txikito is my favorite restaurant in New York City—I am magnetically drawn there on every trip. Grandmother’s cooking and high cuisine is equally revered. The combination of love and inspiration present at the end of each meal is hard to describe. Every time I go I want to bring it home to share it so…finally….
Dinner on Sunday, August 8th 6:30pm @ Poole’s Diner
A sparkling reception with pintxos (Spanish finger-foods)
A five-course dinner with wine pairings
$150++ per person
Reservations are required and seating is limited.
Industry Potluck, Monday, August 9th 6pm-9pm @ Ashley Christensen’s home
The Southern Foodways Alliance documents, studies, and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the changing American South. As a community, it is invaluable that we share our inspirations, ideas, issues, challenges, ingredients, and yes, even our politics. I first cooked with SFA three years ago. There is a bit of magic to the group that is difficult to describe. I left with many new friends and the certainty that I wanted to create SFA events in the Triangle to celebrate their mission and magic.
The potluck is for everyone—restaurant industry folks, writers, beverage enthusiasts, home cooks and people who with a general love for food and its history. For the potluck, we will provide a main course of black cherry smoked beer can-roasted chicken and wine to match. Our friends at Fullsteam Brewery (Durham) will be pouring El Toro Cream Ale, and the cocktail craftsmen of Foundation (Raleigh) will be stirring a signature cocktail. There will be music selections and stories from Alex and Eder, and a cameo appearance by Guest of Honor Maayan Montero, their beautiful 13 month old daughter.
Please bring a check for $35 to Southern Foodways Alliance and a dish to share that celebrates your sense of place, wherever that may be.
Special thanks to Brent Schilb of Inland Seafood for the lovely Springer Mountain (Georgia) chickens for this event.
Reservations are required and limited for both events. Please call Poole’s to reserve.