Tuesday, September 25, 2012

¡Buen Provecho! It's a Latin Feast with Edible Monterey Bay

¡Buen Provecho! Eat and Drink at Stone Creek Kitchen’s Latin Feast with Edible Monterey Bay by Camilla M. Mann
This just hit the Edible Monterey Bay blog:
October's pop-up event at Stone Creek Kitchen.
Photos by Keana Parker
Go ahead and add “pop-up hosts” to the lengthy list of Kristina Scrivani and Linda Hanger’s culinary accomplishments. Their Stone Creek Kitchen will host Edible Monterey Bay’s October 26th Pop-up Supper Club—a spicy and creative Latin feast that is sure to sell out fast, as seating is extremely limited.
Much like Stone Creek’s popular monthly Friday Night Dinners, this meal will seat guests in a chef’s table arrangement, circling Scrivani in her beautiful teaching kitchen as she prepares a spectacular meal. Think casual and exciting dinner party—but with a professional chef at the stove.
The $75 prix fixe menu will draw on the Monterey Bay’s local autumn bounty, beginning with Petite Sweet Corn Tamales and Chorizo-Stuffed Calamari. From there, Scrivani will serve up Sweet Potato Poblano Chili Rellenos and Wood-Grilled Steak bathed in Chili Garlic. And if you still have room, you’ll have a chance to indulge in Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream with Carmel-filled Shortbread Cookies.

“Everything on the menu is in perfect season right now—the corn, the chilies, the sweet potato, the pumpkin…the calamari!” says Scrivani.

Scrivani’s journey to Stone Creek Kitchen began on her family’s farm where inspiration—in the form of seasonal produce—sprung up all around her. Her culinary creations were not rooted in being gourmet; instead, they were about feeding family and friends something fresh, wholesome, and delicious. After eating, drinking, and cooking her way around the world, Kristina worked as a personal chef before landing at Whole Foods Market as the marketing and community relations team leader. For twelve years, Kristina shared the season’s harvest on a much larger scale, bringing inventive cooking classes to her local community in Whole Foods Market’s Salud! kitchen.
Hangar came to Stone Creek Kitchen via the world of publishing and was named one of the “50 Top Women in Book Publishing” by BOOK Business Magazine in 2009. After serving as chief executive at two different publishing houses, she welcomed this new chapter of her life, embracing the challenges of mastering a new industry. With a flair for the dramatic—you’ll have to ask her about the bunny cake she made when she was twelve-years-old—Linda is the consummate hostess. Her credo is simple: Make your guests feel welcome and special…and mix up some great cocktails while you’re at it.

When Scrivani and Hanger opened Stone Creek last summer, they fashioned a unique destination for people who like to eat, drink, and cook. They had envisioned creating a place that would immediately pop into your mind whenever you needed to pick up anything for your dining room or kitchen. They succeeded. Whether you need fresh, prepared food, a sweet tidbit, a specialty dry good for your pantry, or a new kitchen tool, Stone Creek Kitchen fits the bill. Scrivani and Hangar also made cooking classes and events like the Friday Night Dinners a key part of the mix, and one year later they’re already a beloved part of the Monterey food scene.

Eat. Drink. Cook. These words repeat around the arched entrance to the kitchen at Stone Creek Kitchen. Other such sentiments appear, in colorful chalk or paint, all around the store. My personal favorite stands sentry above a rack of reasonably priced bottles from around the world: “Life is too short to drink bad wine.”

These wines will be available for purchase by supper club participants; as the Spaniards do, we offer cheers to those of you who will be lucky enough to attend: ¡Buen provecho!

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