AWSC IV: Thai Benefit for The Plant and Alewyfe Potager

Tom Kha Gai- coconut chicken soup
Spring Rolls- fresh greens, pickled vegetables, noodles (v)
Bahn Mi Sliders- pork belly or house-made tofu (v) with pickled vegetables
Kaeng Phet Het- red curry red kuri squash, mushrooms, and tofu (v)
Kaeng Khiao Wan- green curry tilapia
Khao Tom Mat- black sticky rice and pear steamed in banana leaf (v)
Aisa-Khrim Ka-thi- cardamom-scented coconut milk ice cream (v)

Farms: The Plant (Chicago), Alewyfe Urban Potager (Chicago), VK Urban Farm (our neighbors, who make a smokin’ Bhut Jalokia HOT sauce, among other things), Ted’s Organic Grains (Dekalb, IL), Breslin Farms (Ottawa, IL), Kallas Honey Farm (Milwaukee, WI), Growing Power (Chicago), Ellis Family Farms (Benton Harbor, MI), and more!


Tom Kha soup
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soon-to-be pickled vegetables and spring roll assembly

spring roll sushi with homemade peanut sauce and garlic chive oil

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prepping the mushroom and squash curry… wish I got some pics of the finished dish, it was a party favorite!

Homemade sauces- Peanut sauce, green curry paste, red curry paste.  Home-grown fresh lemongrass and thai peppers from the potager!
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Whole pork belly, before and after braising for 10 or so hours in a slow and low oven with rice wine, Revolution beer, pork stock, soy sauce, mirepoix and five spice.  So. Good.

Steamed banana packets of forbidden rice with pear, cocoa, coriander and ginger.

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The calm of the rustic dining room and chaos of the kitchen.  Currently seeking a new dishwasher and maitre d… the last one quit.  So to speak… it’s a long story, but not for here.  Look for the book in a few years when I’ve had time to mull it over (credit for these last two great shots to our good buddy and hopefully future neighbor, Chuck. Let me know if you want your full name in the credit… ).

Lots of changes in store for the new year, but fear not, friends… supper club shall continue!  Hometown pals- let me know if I’ve overlooked you in the guest list (lots of folks I’m sure- still perfecting that ever-evolving perfect contact list) and I’ll make sure you’re invited to the next one.  Thank you all for your company and support thus far- looking forward to new and better things to come!  Much love and happy holidaze!


The Alewyfe

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