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