It has been said that the Super Bowl is the most watched event of the year, with viewers totaling in the billions, and no Super Bowl party would be complete without the ubiquitous Buffalo Wing. A perfectly designed appetizer that can deliver any number of flavor combinations. Sure, I for one love the classic style, with its perfect blend of creamy butter, spicy pepper, and salty vinegar, but there are so many more styles that warrant an appearance at your Super Sunday soirée. This post shows three of my all time favorites.
It’s is 8 pm on a Saturday night and the restaurant is booked. The buzz of the dining room fills the air as a small platoon of wait staff hustle through the crowd delivering the chefs nightly offerings. Pungent aromas of garlic, herbs, and truffles entice the senses as order after order is put through to the tiny kitchen with its motley crew of culinary renegades. To the dismay of the sauté cook, one of the waiters has forgotten to order an entree for his table. Accompanied by an audible grumble the cook quickly fires the dish as the general manager enters the kitchen to announce a VIP table that has just sat down in section 3. By now the kitchen is humming like a well oiled machine, putting out dish after dish of impeccable cuisine, but alas, catastrophe has a way of showing up at the most inopportune times. The rhythm of the line is quickly thrown off as the cold station cook slices his index finger while cutting into a blood orange. The expediter quickly jumps in to finish off the salads while the cook attends to his injury. Plates are now starting to get backed up in the window and ticket times are beginning to become long. This makes both the wait staff and the guest restless. Just then Murphy’s Law kicks in. In his haste to alleviate the back up at his station, the sauté cook hastily turns to grab the aluminum sauté pan containing the persillade crusted sea bass without grabbing his side towel. The cook lets out a high pitch yelp followed by his favorite explicative, and consequently drops the pan and its prize on the floor.
The worst day in the kitchen is the best day of your life. There is nothing like the feeling of adrenaline you get as you push your way through a mountain of orders that seemingly never end. During the battle you become one with the machine and you realize that the madness is over before it began. Then it comes. After all is said and done, and the last dish is served and cleared, the feeling of accomplishment rushes over you. You and your team have survived the night and the battle is won, but only the battle, for you will be back to fight again the very next night.
I want this blog to be more than just a list of recipes. I want this blog to be an insight into a unique culinary journey that I call my life. Yes, there will be plenty of awesome recipes, but I thought there should be more. Being in the “Biz” for over 20 years, I have amassed some truly special experiences that I want to share with you. So grab a beverage of choice and have a read.