A Little Lunch with Chef Tiffany Derry
Lunchtime on a Saturday isn’t always a thing. Often overshadowed by the expectations of weekend brunch, lunch usually doesn’t get its just do. But, on Saturday, August 19th that wasn’t the case, as foodie fans and booze lovers made their way to The Brixton at Shops at Legacy and took part in an afternoon of splendor with celebrity Chef Tiffany Derry.
Strutting out to Jill Scott’s Golden, Chef Derry took to the stage to prepare three of her favorite dishes. Each dish was paired with a cocktail made with vodka or whiskey from Texas’ own Western Son Distillery. While showing off her cooking techniques, Derry enthusiastically answered questions from the crowd on everything from different types of cooking oil to updates on her upcoming soul food style restaurant, Roots.
For the first course, simmered tender pork belly was tossed in a pork salad dressing made with champagne vinegar, basil, mint, cilantro, olive oil and a little fish sauce. During the preparation of the pork belly, Derry gleefully commented to the audience, “Recipes are just guidelines, you don’t have to make them exact. Remember to use what you have.” Once fully seared it was served atop a mixture of watermelon, cantaloupe, baby arugula, basil and mint then finished with vinaigrette and sesame seeds. The combination of salty, from the fish sauce cascaded into the sweetness of the melons to create a sa. Served with a Rock N Mules, aka a Moscow Mule, the tenderness from the pork belly and lime and ginger from the mule mingled happily together.
Next up, was the main course of beef short ribs with mashed potatoes. The short ribs were seasoned with Tiffany’s Creole Seasoning then seared. She explained that before putting the short ribs in the oven, searing is pivotal so that your meat remains tender and juicy. As she began to prepare the mashed potatoes, Tiffany admitted her weakness for the creamy starchy goodness. Whenever she prepares mashed potatoes at a restaurant or event, she consistently walks around with a coffee cup full of the stuff. “I love mashed potatoes. My mom didn’t cook mashed potatoes enough. So I feel like because she didn’t cook it I have to eat it every time now.”
To top off the tators and short rib, Derry prepared a mouthwatering kimchi vegetable medley. Made by her grandmother, the kimchi uses whole fermented Napa cabbage. Next, she added a mix of pencil asparagus, tomatoes and garlic, giving you just the right amount of crunch over the short ribs and mashed potatoes. This dish was served with the Live and Let Rye cocktail, made with Red River Rye, Black Walnut and Aztec Chocolate Bitters. The whiskey forward drink simply leaned into the beef, potatoes and kimchi giving your taste buds the relationship it didn’t know it was searching for.
For the sweet finale, Tiffany kept it simple with peaches and cream made with sweet phyllo dough, Chantilly cream and moscato. Not overly sweet, the dessert was paired with the Foxy Lady Cocktail, a charming blend of Western Sons Apricot Vodka, Peach Schnapps and peaches. Both the cocktail and dessert were an ideal ending to a peachy afternoon spent with an even peachier star. TxMb