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July 29

Leather & Glass: Third Anniversary Dinner for Nick & Kaley!

The only thing that gets me more pumped than cooking for friends is cooking for chef friends… This is the third year that my buddy and fellow chef Nick Moulton celebrated his anniversary dining in my kitchen with his lovely wife, Kaley – quite an adventurous soul when it comes to trying new foods. I met Nick when he worked as a sous chef at Mezze Bistro in Williamstown and, years later he now holds the position of chef at the popular Public Eat + Drink in North Adams.

Each year, I do a nine-course “his and hers” tasting menu (18 different tastes in all) themed around an inside joke or an important milestone. This year, the dinner took into account the fact that Kaley is expecting in January so her menu was based on baby and kid foods. The modern third anniversary gift is glass and crystal so we gave that a nod in Kaley’s menu presentation. The traditional third anniversary gift is leather and, with that in mind, I planned a menu of “guy” food for Nick.


Below are some photos and descriptions of the tasting menu we served. I had a great time planning and executing this meal. It’s so great hosting guests who love food (and have no allergies or aversions!)

Peas and carrots for her whipped lardo with chips and pickled veg for him:


Flight of chicken wings, stuffed with bacon and blue for him, pasta with butter goat cheese gnudi with herbed brown butter for her:


Meat Market bacon and Joshua’s Farm eggs for her, Wanabea rabbit corn dogs with Berkshire beef chili for him:

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Salad course: Caesar for him, chopped for her:


Foie Gras mousse seared maitake mushrooms, balsamic and smoked almonds for him/Grilled cheese with smoked tomato soup for her:

Chicken tenders and tater tots with bbq for her, Lila’s lamb sausage & peppers with tomato micro basil salad for him:



Dry aged strip with orange soy pork belly dipping sauce for him, tenderloin with potato purée & porcini demi for her:





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