Chef really gets into 'Downton Abbey'

Mrs. Patmore - er, Chip Roman.

Chef Chip Roman, who owns Blackfish and Tradestone Cafe in Conshohocken, Mica in Chestnut Hill and Ela in Queen Village, is quite the Downton Abbey fan.

Last February, Roman threw a Downton Abbey-themed dinner at Blackfish that was quite the hit. Recently, someone at Philly Mag accidentally reposted that year-old news item as if it were new, and Blackfish's line began fielding requests for reservations.

So Roman will do another one. It'll be Feb. 24, 2014. A hundred bucks a head. Eat like the Crawleys.

Best of all, Roman tells me that he'll dress as a Downton Abbey character for the evening: the harried, controlling cook Mrs. Patmore. (Talk about playing to type.)


Smoked Salmon Rillettes: Whole Grain Mustard, Charred Sour Dough

Royal Miyagi Oysters on the Half Shell: Mignonette, Fennel Cracker

Duck Liver Pâté: Preserved Winter Melon, Pomelo, Meyer Lemon and Chestnut Lovage

Warm Cauliflower "Pudding": Heirloom Beets, Nasturtium, Cultured Cream and Caviar

Escargot à la Ms. Hughes: Pumpernickel, Wild Mushroom Ragout, Parsley

“Downton Estates” Wild Boar: Fermented Barley, Young Carrots, Huckleberry, Sauce Civet

A cheese course

Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Persimmon and Kumquat Ice Cream

Coffee and Petit Fours