A Special Lunch Meeting

Recently we hosted a group of school food and nutrition specialists for a special lunch and demo.  Chef David Magnasco from The Chef’s Table prepared a lunch of salad with a homemade vinaigrette as well as risotto for our guests.  Chef David showed us how easy and quick it was to make a vinaigrette from scratch, something that could be done easily at home or in a school kitchen for less than the store bought.  Our guests’ jobs involve finding and offering healthy and affordable meals while wasting as little as possible.  That is something that everyone can relate to, whether you work in a restaurant or are responsible for the meals at home.  We all have budgets and we all want delicious food within those budgets.  Achieving this can feel like a challenge, which is something that Chef David addressed with the lunch he prepared.  While delicious and nutritious, it didn’t take a large budget or a lot of time to prepare.

Chef David and Dressing

Salad

Chef David and Risotto
Having Chef David come in and cook for our guests was such a special treat.  Chef David has worked at a wide variety of restaurants over the last twenty years both in the United States and abroad.  Currently Chef David is the Executive Chef & Owner of The Chef’s Table as well as the Culinary Director at the University Club of Milwaukee.

The Chef’s Table is the area’s first fully private dining restaurant which hosts public and private events.  I had the opportunity to visit this unique space before Chef David’s visit and it really is a special space.  The dinning room and kitchen are open to one another boasting a long oversize table that Chef David made himself.  The open concept kitchen allows guests an eye on the action while mingling in the spacious yet warm dining room.

Chef's Table 1Chef's Table 2

The building is full of antiques that have been collected from all over the world as well as handcrafted pieces made by Chef David.  You could spend hours wandering the building and always find something interesting.

There is also an area of the basement which is being transformed into a speakeasy with a secret entrance (pictured below).  The speakeasy will feature a cozy wood bar as well as a handcrafted humidor.  The speakeasy is still a work in progress.  Keep an eye on The Chef’s Table website for updates on this new space.

Chef's Table 3

Personally, I’m very excited to see the bathroom floors for this space.  Chef David is designing the downstairs bathroom floor out of pennies which are beautifully arranged and will be grouted then epoxied.  It’s a beautiful and creative project that I would never have the patients for.

Chef's Table 4

A special thank you to our school guests for joining us, we truly hope you enjoyed yourselves.

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