Saturday, April 27, 2013

Taste and See

Thanks to Groupon, I was introduced to a secret gem of a place in Wichita that made for a very fun girl's night!  Taste and See is a super fun, "open kitchen" dining experience.  The owner and head chef is from Venezuela and has won several prestigious cooking awards.  If you're a Wichitan, you might recognize the oh-so delicious restaurant, Sabor, in Old Town...he started that.  He's kind of a big deal.  And kinda very attractive. Check out the website to see what's offered and get a peek at their menus.  Their classes and such are a bit pricey, so keep your eyes peeled for a Groupon.

Chef Jason (of course I'll refer to him on a first name basis, as if we're the closest of friends) described an open kitchen concept as very hands on.  We created our own empanadas  at our seats and he asks for volunteers to help him as he cooks right in front of you.

We were able to enjoy three tasty courses during their Old Spanish Cuisine night: empanadas with chimichurri sauce (does it sound like I know what I'm talking about?), stuffed tomatoes (my fave!!), and a rice with veggies and seafood.  He does a great job of entertaining you during the evening and shares fun little kitchen and recipe facts.  Feast your eyes on this good stuff-

Empanadas with chimichurri sauce
Tomato stuffed with cheeses and a hamburger meat mixture
Rubber gloves for handling our pastries
Group shot with Chef Jason
Our very own Brooke was asked to help out in the kitchen with the rice dish.  Her husband is from Venezuela, so she and Chef Jason immediately connected...jealous.  :)

This was such a fun experience!  Definitely look into it if you're in the area.  He has some nights where he cooks very exotic guinea pig.  dead.serious.  I'm very glad we did not show up for that night.  So maybe read the fine print of your Groupon or you could be signing yourself up for "this could be your pet" night.

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