Thursday, December 25, 2014

Jen Carroll takes over Meme for 'Life After Top Chef' shoot

Bravo cameras rolled Monday following Jennifer Carroll for "Life After Top Chef" as Carroll cooked for family and friends at Meme (22nd & Spruce) . Jon Gosselin was among guests. Really.

Jen Carroll takes over Meme for 'Life After Top Chef' shoot

Bravo cameras rolled Monday following Jennifer Carroll for “Life After Top Chef” as Carroll cooked for family and friends at Meme (22nd & Spruce) .

Meme chef David Katz let his friend take over his kitchen for a preview tasting of her menu from the restaurant called Concrete Blonde that she is planning to open despite as yet having no location. Jon Gosselin, former “Jon & Kate Plus 8” star turned self-described computer geek, and his girlfriend, were among guests. Gosselin and Carroll share an attorney, Chris Cabott, who invited him.

Rouge owner Rob Wasserman, Table 31 partners Tamar and Steve Olitsky and PR and events pro Nicole Cashman and DJ/611 Lifestyle owner Nigel Richards were also among the 40 or so guests.

“Top Chef” alum Spike Mendelsohn, who is also part of “Life After Top Chef” ate dinner and also helped Carroll cook for a bit.

The menu: a fried Old Salt oyster, harissa, mint yogurt; seared yellowfin tuna, radish cilantro, passion fruit vinaigrette; black bass, spring vegetable ragout, potato espuma, carrot buerre monte; lamb with asparagus, pearl onions, sweet 100 tomato, mustard seeds; a chocolate peanut butter ice cream sandwich, mint ice cream, marshmallow fluff; petit fours.

Meanwhile, please enjoy "Happy Birthday" by Concrete Blonde, the band which inspired Carroll's restaurant name...

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