EATING: EatWith Dinner by Minnie Bell’s Soul Movement // CRAVE: Braised short ribs!
EatWith’s chefs have a variety of cooking experience from amateur to professional levels. Each chef puts together a multi-course food and drink menu, creating a listing on the EatWith website. Here you can preview the menu, time/date for the dinner, and learn a little bit about the chef hosting the meal. There are different types of meals to please everyone — options include poke bowls, pasta making, Hawaiian brunch, Italian seafood extravaganzas, crab feats, and more!
I learned about EatWith through friends who had recently attended a meal and walked away completely stunned. They asked my boyfriend and I to join them on the next dinner they had booked and we knew we had to attend!
For our dinner we were lucky to try the southern comfort food of the Minnie Bell’s Soul Movement pop-up restaurant. The chef and founder of the business was Fernay McPherson, a member of La Cocina.
La Cocina is a “food incubator,” or rather a group focused around helping low income food entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Not everyone in San Francisco has the money to purchase a location, kitchen supplies and staff to get their dream project off the ground. La Cocina is there to help offer resources such as affordable commercial kitchen space, industry-specific technical assistance and access to market opportunities. As a result, La Cocina is able to help these individuals launch their own self-sustaining business.
La Cocina’s incubator program created a series of EatWith dinners, including this Minnie Bell’s meal. Funds from the meal would go towards expanding Fernay’s business and getting her closer to having her own permanent restaurant location.
On to the meal!
Fernay started out with a delicious appetizer — a big bowl of black-eyed peas, red onion, tomatoes, green onion, lime juice, spices and olive oil along with a stack of buttery crostini.
The black-eyed peas had a ton of flavor and almost seemed like a salsa. We enjoyed the fun of being able to assemble our perfect crostini bites, eating as many as we could manage.
Our main course was perfectly tender short ribs braised in stout beer that packed flavor into every bite!
Fernay suggested the best way to assemble your plate was by pouring the delicious short rib broth and meat over a pile of grits and brussel sprouts. Listen to Fernay.
Finally, Fernay delivered us a dessert of sour cream pound cake with warm macerated berries and vanilla bean whipped cream.
Another great thing about this experience is the communal dining. We met a group of Swiss travelers and it was fascinating to hear their take on our city, exchanging stories and laughs over our cultural differences.
EatWith is the perfect chance to enjoy the cuisine you might otherwise never taste from chefs without a brick-and-mortar location. Take a chance and enjoy dishes from individuals who have been making their specialties for years from scratch!
Want to know more about EatWith? Learn more about EatWith on their website here.
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