City Harvest Dinner with Chef Seamus Mullen at Cadillac House (NYC)
City Harvest is one of the great non-profits that help fight hunger in New York City since 1982. The organization will collect 55 million pounds of excess food to help feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers struggling to feed their families. Through relationships with farms, grocers, restaurants, and manufacturers, City Harvest collects nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste and delivers it free of charge to 500 soup kitchens, food pantries and other community food programs across the five boroughs. In addition to helping meet the immediate need for food, City Harvest developed long-term Healthy Neighborhoods programs which partner with low-income communities to increase access to fresh produce and help residents shop for and cook nutritious, budget-conscious meals.
What really made this dinner unique was the very sleek, modern and cool dining space of the Cadillac House. Cadillac House is the brand’s newly unveiled 12,000 square foot experience center, a public space that serves as a rotating canvas for events, exhibitions, partnership collaborations, and unique interactive experiences. During cocktail time, we had excellent Campari negronis and glasses of wine while actually have the opportunity to check out a cherry red vintage Cadillac car.
When dinner time started, we strolled over to our assigned tables and had our bowl of gazpacho y txipirones, a tomato and watermelon gazpacho, marinated squid, topped with toasted pepitas was a good start for a summer evening. Refreshing, nice complexity of sweet and tartness and the squid added some meat-like depth to the soup.
For our last two courses, the grilled and fresh sugar snap peas with citrus vinaigrette and slow grilled lamb shoulder were very good. The salad had a schmear of fresh cheese that made the salad delicious as a whole and the varied textures of the sweet sugar snap peas.
The lamb shoulder was cooked to a perfect pink, medium rare and it was tender. What I really liked from this particular dish was the incredibly flavorful and seasoned eggplants.
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