If Largesse Dining is what happens when a bunch of chefs get together and start drinking, then I may have to start taking bottles of tequila with me every time I go out. Let’s keep these guys drinking and hopefully they’ll all start feeling the love on a regular basis and put together plenty more amazing meals.
I was fortunate to be among the first people to attend one of these events, which I tip to be a popular and well patronised institution in no short time.
So basically without too much waffling because this event was a month or so ago, and all the cool kids have already written about it, 6 chefs and a certain sexy Eurasian food writer got together to plan a dinner that would rival the Power Rangers and Captain Planet kids for the combined power of their culinary skills. Each chef picked a card and got given a dish number to prepare to showcase their skills at the same time as fitting in with what everyone else was doing. Wine matchings were provided by Thumbprint Wines, and Myattsfield Vineyards, and all proceeds for the dinner went to Food Bank WA, a fantastic charity who do great work in distributing food to people who really need it.
So the menu for the meal looked a little something like this:
Goats Cheese, Bunya Nut, Tortilla
Kiren Mainwaring – Dear Friends
Snow Crab, Scampi, Scallop
Todd Stuart – Bouchard
Porcini and Spinach Rotolo
Jason Jujnovich – Divido
Salmon, Rabbit, Beetroot
Stephen Clarke – Clarkes of North Beach
Pork, Black Pudding, Molasses
Hadleigh Troy – Restaurant Amusé
Scott O’Sullivan – Red Cabbage Food + Wine
And if you’re wondering how any of those dishes actually looked, you can find out below:
Personal highlights for me was the gin and vodka punch on arrival (soup kitchen style), the deep fried fish skin appetizers, the wonderful selection of wines (notably the Myattsfield Viognier), Hadleigh Troy’s pork with hay smoked molasses, and having Clint Nolan (head chef of Harvest) as my waiter for the night.
Sadly they have a ‘no double dipping’ policy, which means you can’t book consecutive events (to make sure lots of people get a chance to attend), so it looks like I won’t be able to make the next one, but fortunately my identical twin brother Mark still can !