As we settle into the long days of winter, Chef Marc and Beverage Director Kieran Chavez can often be found scouring the local farm stands across NYC, DC, and Chicago, picking out their favorite winter ingredients and drawing inspiration from everywhere we call home.
Whether you’re dining out at Boqueria or enjoying your meal at home in your Thanksgiving pants – Boqueria Beverage Director Kieran Chavez’s guide to perfect pairings will ensure that your Thanksgiving dinner this year is one to remember!
Come Thanksgiving, we always like to add a few Iberian touches to our favorite American classics on the table.
Alpine Spritz Cocktail
Yield: One Cocktail
1 heavy dash Grapefruit bitters – we recommend Fee Brothers
1 heavy dash Eucalyptus bitters – we recommend Hella Bitters
1 oz Fords Gin
½ oz Zirbenz
½ oz Rosemary Syrup (recipe below)
3.5 oz Castellroig Rosat
Garnish: 1 sprig rosemary
2 sprigs fresh rosemary, destemmed
1 cup granulated white sugar
1 cup water
For the Rosemary Syrup:
Bring water to a boil and then quickly remove from heat.
Salt Cod Fritters
At eighteen, I started my first fine-dining apprenticeship at Can Gaig, a storied Michelin-starred Barcelona restaurant with a history dating back to the 1800s. While there, I noticed that many of the dishes on the menu could have been lifted right from the daily lunch specials at Bar Roca, the little bar-restaurant my mother ran near the Sagrada Família.
…A BLANKET STATEMENT
Picnic food—there really is no better way to eat outdoors. There’s a certain magic to taking simple ingredients best enjoyed in the sunshine and setting them down against a picture-perfect backdrop. And whether you’re sitting down to feast on vibrant tomatoes paired with summer plums, a refreshing cucumber salad, or a board stacked high with crusty bread and artisan cheeses – we can promise you one thing: a picnic is not a truly successful occasion unless you have a huge mess to shake off of the blanket afterwards!