An original 14-item menu for a Tiki Supper Club Pop Up Dinner hosted by The Great Company in a tropical-smelling warehouse in Downtown LA? Had I ever heard of such a mix? Of course not.
My good friends over at The Great Company have been colorful and engaging stewards of their space; when Andy Windack shared that he'd been creating custom dinners for groups and friends, Great Co. was excited to collaborate.
This pop up would be a Tiki Supper Club, #thecoconutclub, Windak said. I'd like to assume that none of us really knew what to expect when we sat down to a table dressed with fresh birds of paradise and chummy pineapples. Having been at the space since prep-time, I just knew that if the drool-inducing aroma was to end up in my belly, it'd indeed be a Great Sunday.
My previous post about food in Taiwan, about learners who become doers, couldn't have been better placed. How was I to know that my next food adventure would be intricately designed by a former animator turned self-taught chef who on his 25th birthday invited 25 guests for 25 tastes?
Our charming consumption concert on this particular night consisted of 14 tastes: 7 dishes, 7 drinks. Yes, you could taste the details, his very thoughts even! And yes, the hand made tiki-torches on the Pupu Platter and the sparkly wonder that was the key lime fire for our volcano dessert delighted the senses.
But my favorite taste that night was something extended from Andy's ceremonious creations. It was simply, the friends. From the sous chef, drink masters, host, servers and guests, all were friends who pulled together because they saw the life in Andy's vision and dream. That item, I'll call it Number 15: Friends Let Friends Dream Together, was easily my favorite dish of the night.
I've posted the details of just some of my favorites (seen above) for your mouth watering pleasure below:
Mu'umuu: hibiscus-infused dark Jamaican rum, passion fruit syrup, lemon
Hawaiian Sweet Bread & Pineapple Butter
Chai Tai: black spiced rum, coconut, chai spiced syrup, lime, Angostura bitters
Chicken Tiki Marsala: chicken thigh, feet stock, dry marsala, garam masala, tomato, buttermilk, ghee-poached edamame, basmati arancini
Pupu Platter: Coconut Braised Yam - yam, coconut milk, red banana, celery, peanut, cilantro. Fried Coconut Chicken Wingz: turmeric, lemongrass, galangal, rice flour. Duck Bao: hawaiian sweet brea steam bun, duck confit, quince sauce, cucumber, scallion, cilantro, duck cracklings
Surf, Turf and Earth: fillet, uni, maui onion, tarro, ube, shallot
Pineapple Inside Out VOLCANO Cake: cinnamon cake, caramelized pineapple, allspice semifreddo, key lime fire
To learn more:
Andy Windack/@windattack - http://andywindak.com/
The Great Company/@thegreatcompany - www.thegreatcompany.com
Photos by: @mybrotherray