By Harley Anderson
The White Carrot restaurant, located in Mayville, kicked of its “Chefs Unchained” series last Monday, inviting Chef Edward Forster of The Dapper Goose to create a collaborative dinner with White Carrot chef and owner, Brian Kiendl.
Chef Brian introduced the idea for collaborating with other chefs, hoping to get closer to the Buffalo dining scene by “bringing chefs down I greatly respect and want to get to get to know and have some fun cooking awesome food.”
After only a week of collaboration, Chef Brian and Chef Edward were able to put together a tasting menu featuring “the bounty of Chautauqua” as their muse, based upon ingredients that flourish in the region, including peas, strawberries, garlic, and local Reverie creamery cheeses.
Chef Edward shared on how they chose ingredients, saying that “The starting point was the season and what’s good. . . We picked things that we thought would be able to be used in a unique way.” This helped them to present the fresh ingredients in ways that challenged tradition, such as strawberries being featured in a savory main course and cheese being used in the dessert course.
The dinner moved through four courses, each focused on a different ingredient. Three courses offered three dishes each, including one presented by Chef Brian, one presented by Chef Edward, as well as a collaborative dish by both chefs. Two wine pairings were served for each dish, selected by sommeliers Jess Railey and Tom English.
Guests enjoyed the event in an “atmosphere that cannot be replicated,” according to diner Jason Toczydlowski. He commented on the creativity and ingenuity of two well respected chefs coming together, a reaction that was shared by many guests.
The White Carrot will be holding two more “Chefs Unchained” events this summer, including collaboration with Chef Steve Gedra on July 23rd and Chef Ross Worhol on August 20th. Seats are very limited and fill up quickly, so it’s important to make reservations well in advance.
To stay up to date on future events and make reservations, The White Carrot can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and their website whitecarrotrestaurant.com. Reservations can also be made by calling (716) 269-6000.