The featured menu has been created to pay tribute to the chef’s midwest connection, inspired by the start of their relationship in Chicago, and Chef Lauren’s upbringing in both Detroit and Ohio.
Date: Monday, November 11th
Time: 5 – 9pm
Location: Irving Street Kitchen
Who: Irving Street Kitchen + ASTRAL
The highlighted plate, The Hot Brown, is a midwest, southern hybrid based on a classic dish served at the Brown hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. The original open face turkey sandwich, covered in mornay and broiled down until golden brown, was concocted in 1926 as a late night dish for hotel patrons. ASTRAL’s version uses Japanse milk bread made by Chef Lauren, tomato preserve from this summer, guanciale, cured and smoked by the chefs themselves, and turkey confit as well as sliced breast and crispy skin.
The Crispy Carnaroli Rice Cake with Cheese Curds is the second highlighted dish on the menu and pays homage to Chef John’s mentor in Chicago, Paul Virant. It is a classic take on a midwest love affair of cheese curds and preserves. The ASTRAL chefs fold in cheese curds to their home-made risotto and set into sheet trays. It is then cut into uniform pieces, seared on all sides in clarified butter and served with a light salad of tender greens.
Guests will be able to order their Irving Street Kitchen favorites along with ASTRAL’s menu, which will be offered on top of Irving Street Kitchen’s menu.
Inspired by the Van Morrison album “ASTRAL Weeks,” chefs John Boisse and Lauren Breneman desire to express ideas and share inspiration with everyone. The duo strives to conjure feelings of wistful, romantic and nostalgic energy through food, drink and community.
Irving Street Kitchen
Irving Street Kitchen from Chef/Owner, Sarah Schafer, is now truly a kitchen, the place where everyone gathers and where there is something for everyone. Schafer and team work together to guide guests through approachable expressions of her East and West Coast influences, meant for sharing with friends and family in a cozy, inviting, community-minded space. Schafer is one of Portland’s powerhouse female chefs, hailing from some of the country’s most respected restaurants, including Gramercy Tavern and Eleven Madison Park in New York City.