What to Eat When April Bloomfield Guest-Chefs at Melisse

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Photo: Maureen Lunn via Flickr

This Monday, Melisse welcomes a guest-chef to cook a six-course pre-fixe dinner at the Santa Monica restaurant. April Bloomfield, chef and co-owner of New York's Spotted Pig and The Breslin, was nominated as a Food & Wine "Best New Chef" in 2005. A native of England, her past stints found her cooking at London's Bibendum and River Cafe and, closer to home, Chez Panisse. Taking a break from work on her coming cookbook A Girl and Her Pig, Bloomfield's one-night appearance at Melisse will find her making gazpacho from heirlooms, plus boudin blanc, Arctic char, and a N.Y. strip loin with short rib, all backed with a surgical use of produce and French and Italian wines. To see what else Bloomfield is bringing, check out the full menu below. $150 reservations can be made at 310-395-0881, with a portion of proceeds going to Special Olympics.

Melisse
Guest Chef Dinner
April Bloomfield
Monday, July 26th
1104 Wilshire Blvd.
310-395-0881
$150/person

Amuse Bouche

Wild Japanese Kamapchi
Cucumber, Passion fruit
Scacciadiavoli, Brut Metado, Umbria, Italy

First Course

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho
Crisp Olives
2007 Bandol, Rose, Moulin des Costes, Domaine Bunan

Second Course

Stuffed Squid Basquaise-Nduja
Forbidden Rice, Olympic Garden Tomatoes, Espellete
2006 Vino da Tavola, Ceonobium, Paolo Bea, Toscana

Third Course

Boudin Blanc
Sautéed Market Potatoes, Basil and Pickled Mustard Seed
2008 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine de la Solitude

Fourth Course

Arctic Char
Spiced Lentils, Anchovy-Pine Nut Bread Crumb
2005 Chinon, Chene Vert, Charles Joguet

Fifth Course

Prime New York Strip Loin and Short Rib
Chanterelle Mushrooms, Sweet White Corn, Summer Truffles,
Jus de Boeuf Acidule
2005 Château La Louvière, Pessac-Léognan

Dessert

Strawberry, Basil, Pistachio
2005 Moscato d Asti, Moncucco, Fontanafredda, Piemonte