Friday, June 8, 2012

Auction Tickets for a Modernist Cuisine Feast

For all of you foodies out there in the Seattle area with a little extra cash in your pocket, Modernist Cuisine is auctioning off tickets to its very first public feast and for a good cause!
"On June 21st, we will be giving the first and only public Modernist Cuisine Feast, with the purpose of honoring organizations that demonstrate the power of food education as a means for dramatic and necessary change. The Modernist Cuisine team, with the very generous support of Tom Douglas and his team, will serve a 30 course dinner, accompanied by a tasting of the Northwest’s finest wines, beers and spirits. We will also have the honor of involving several surprise guests chefs.

There are 25 seats open to the public and we are offering a live auction for these tickets - see the link below.

Proceeds will benefit Teenfeed, Hopelink, Edible Schoolyard, Hunger Intervention Program, and Farestart."
The tickets are up for auction on ebay now! For a future heads up about various promotions through Modernist Cuisine check them out on Facebook.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Orcas Island Adventure

                                                                                                   Credit: Tyson Stole
I spent this last weekend on beautiful Orcas Island in the San Juans for my birthday. For anyone living in the Seattle area or anyone visiting, this is like its own little paradise that is totally worth checking out!

We had a gorgeous view from our room at the Outlook Inn and were greeted by a down-to-earth local at the front desk who gave us a rundown of all the hot spots of the island. My favorite restaurant that we dined at while we were there was Allium.

They started us with some bread and a caramelized onion jam. For dinner I had the Lopez Island Bone-in Pork Loin Chop, Cider-Glazed, with Potato Gratin ($26) and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, Nautilus 2009 ($30/bottle).

Everything was perfectly proportioned, the Pork Loin was tender and juicy and I ended up scraping my plate clean and moving onto dessert. The wine got better with every sip and had several layers including passion fruit and gooseberry with a hint of a citrus and herbal flavor.

Credit: Tyson Stole
In addition to the wonderful food, we went on a guided kayaking tour out of Friday Harbor through Outdoor Odysseys to try to track down some orcas. The tour guide was super sweet and very knowledgeable about everything from the history of the town to the plants and animals that inhabit the island. No orcas, but a wonderful tour nonetheless. We ended up barely catching our ferry back with literally about 1 minute to spare.

I was surprised to find out that Orcas Island has a 5,252-acre state park that holds 2,409-foot Mount Constitution, the highest point in the San Juan Islands. The mountain has more than 33 miles of hiking and biking trails from multiple points or you can drive straight to the top if hiking isn't your thing and you're just looking for a beautiful view.

Cascade Lake has paddle boats and rowboats for rent on-site or you can bring your own canoe or kayak. Fish are plentiful and the surroundings are calm and serene.

This is a great place to camp out and contrary to the main land, you don't have any predators to worry about such as bears since they were all hunted off awhile ago. There is still plenty of wildlife and you are pretty much guaranteed to see deer along the way. Make sure you have a Discover Pass ($10/day or $30/year) and make reservations for your campsite early.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Glow-in-the-Dark Gummy Worms

Credit: Melissa Lehuta / Modernist Cuisine, LLC
Check out our Glow-in-the-Dark Gummy Worms recipe developed by Modernist Cuisine and Modernist Cuisine at Home chef Johnny Zhu in the June 2012 edition of Wired Magazine or at!

Credit: Melissa Lehuta / Modernist Cuisine, LLC
I had a lot of fun with this photo-shoot and got to play around a little with some fishing lures as well as the black light. It took some patience but we ended up with a different perspective and something a little more interesting.

If you are interested in how to make a similar recipe to the Glow-in-the-Dark Gummy Worms, you can check out the Olive Oil Gummy Worms recipe here.

These are both great recipes to do with your kids at home or just to impress your friends with.

Modernist Cuisine at Home

Credit: Melissa Lehuta and Chris Hoover/
Modernist Cuisine, LLC
I'm proud to announce that Modernist Cuisine at Home is now available for pre-orders and will be on shelves October 8th of this year!

I began this project as the Lead Photographer late last year after finishing up the massive Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking as the Assistant Photo Editor to Ryan Smith from 2008-2011.

I'm telling you as the person who got to eat everything after I photographed it that these recipes are absolutely amazing! They are user-friendly to the average person and delicious recipes that I'm looking forward to making myself at home. There is even a fat-free mac and cheese!

A big thanks to everyone on the culinary team including Anjana Shanker, Sam Fahey-Burke, Johnny Zhu, Grant Crilly, Kimberly Schaub, Aaron Verzosa, and Maxime Bilet. We also had a great photo team this time around including Chris Hoover, Tyson Stole and Stephanie Billmayer.

The 23-chapter book ranges everything from Equipment and Techniques to various recipes including Eggs, Soups and Salads, Carnitas, Chicken, Mac and Cheese, Desserts and even Dishes for the Microwave. There are plenty of recipes for both vegetarians and carnivores.The book also includes a water-proof kitchen manual as Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking did which is very handy in the kitchen when things get a bit messy.