Whenever my friend and farmer Jack Goldenberg alerts me about a pop-up dinner, I take it seriously. Regrettably, I recently haven’t been able to check out most of them, be they his own or dinners hosted by his friends. However, when I saw Rob Marzinsky‘s Demo Tapes pop-up upstairs at Barbuzzo, I was lucky enough to have that Wednesday evening free so Mel of Squirrelly Girl Bakes and I set out for a lady’s night.

Marzinsky recently embarked on a world tour of sorts (he’s currently in Australia, I highly recommend giving him a follow on Instagram), but before shipping out he, designer Ian Chapin, and Birmingham-based bartender Steva Casey came together for one last project. And, oh man guys, it was so good.

Set list

Set list

Soundcheck (Snacks)

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Starting at the front with the “lobster roll” and going counterclockwise.

“Lobster Roll” – lobster roe gougére, shrimp salad

Celery Root – black walnut, Birchrun Blue, apple butter

Fried Oyster – chicken salad, Rick Nichols’ pepper hash

Crispy Parsnip – “escargot butter”, parsley, black garlic

 

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Cocktail: Spending Warm Summer Days Indoors
(house-made rose vermouth, brandy and rosemary Demarara syrup)

 

Track 1 (First Course)

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Pierogi “Soupe à  L’oignon”
Caramelized onions, raclette, onion and soy broth

 

Track 2 (Second Course)

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Albacore tuna
Fried broccoli, tonnato sauce, peanut and celery leaf

 

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Warm day boat scallops
Browned butter, celery root and apple rémoulade, sea urchin and jalapeño

 

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Cocktail: Let the Broken-hearted Love Again (Sherry Darlin’),
(Bowmore scotch, sherry, Cynar and Byrrh)

 

Track 3 (Third Course)

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Roasted sunchokes
Glazed La Ratte potatoes, chive, smoked trout roe, potato skins and sunchoke chips

 

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Fried buttermilk chicken
Liver mousse, pickled carrot and mushrooms, sesame, buttermilk biscuit, jalapeño vinaigrette

 

Track 4 (Main)

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Golden Curry
Massaman Thai curry with North Carolina shrimp, sweet potato, lemongrass, served with Carolina Gold rice, and cabbage “som thum thai”

 

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Cocktail: A Jumped Up Pantry Boy,
(pisco, lemon carrot/turmeric shrub, Galliano, sparkling wine and Peychaud’s)

 

Outro (Dessert)

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Blue ice cream and black walnut tuile

 

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Vietnamese coffee

Bitter coffee pots de crème with soy milk dulce de leche and Carolina Gold rice pudding

 

Rob Marzinsky’s Demo Tapes ran from February 25th – 27th upstairs at Barbuzzo in Philadelphia.