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Mayur’s Black Birthday

This menu was served on the birthday of my good friend/then-roommate Mayur Subbarao: Oyster with Black Vinegar Mignonette Spicy Black Pancakes with Crème Fraiche and Caviar Squid-ink Ricotta Gnocchi with Black Truffle Black Angus Steak with Baked Black Kale Black Cod with Black Miso on Black Sesame Crisps Black Coffee Gelee with Blackberries

Eat Your Heart Out

I created this menu in January 2010 for a post-Valentine’s dinner—I’d been chatting with Tom Mylan and the boys over at the Meat Hook and was interested in working with offal with a Hapa spin. Sadly, the event I put this together for didn’t push through, but I hope to serve it in the future. […]

May Day at Queens County Farm Museum

May Day at Queens County Farm Museum

This was the menu for Hapa Kitchen’s very first event: a spring lamb dinner sponsored by Apple Pond Farm and hosted at the Queens County Farm Museum. While not terribly cohesive, the canapés were the most inspired: curry deviled eggs, edamame hummus on wonton chips, and a lamb pâté with shiso jelly. Canapes Green Curry […]

Hapa Loving Day 2009

Hapa Loving Day 2009

This menu was so much fun to create. I am a huge fan of Ken Tanabe and his project Loving Day—an annual celebration of the freedom to love and legalization of interracial marriages in America—so when he asked if I would do a fundraiser/birthday dinner for him, I didn’t hesitate. Ken is a Japanese Hapa, […]

Jersey Izakaya

Jersey Izakaya

For a political fundraiser in New Jersey in 2009, I created an Izakaya-inspired menu of dishes that looked like traditional American bar food but had a Japanese flavor twist to them: think BLT steamed buns, chicken wings with soy and chilies, and wagyu sliders with curry ketchup. Steamed Rice Buns with Pork Belly, Kewpie Dijon […]

Hapa Thanksgiving in Tokyo 2009

When I was in Tokyo, I wanted to do the reverse Hapa Kitchen in that I wanted to use Japanese ingredients to make a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Famous Original Jackie and (her then-fiancée, now-husband) Jeff flew out to visit and help cook. There were of course challenges, such as… not having an oven. But there […]

Peerless Platters April 2009

I created this menu in March of 2009 for the supper club run by my friends Tom and Jackie. There are many supper clubs in Brooklyn—seething hotbed of New York City supper club-dom—but not very many that do seafood, so I wanted to start the dinner with oyster and end with dessert served on a […]

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