|Monkfish liver, foie gras of the sea|
Nothing was too overdone or over the top, just creative and layered enough to taste the seasonal ingredients chosen, even minute details like beautiful chive blossoms, mustard seeds and crispy shallots on a sliver of funky Hudson Red cheese (expertly paired with The Bruery's Mischief, we might add). It's difficult to claim any one dish as "the best," but we loved the aforementioned monkfish and asparagus, the Laughing Bird shrimp dumpling with onion, black truffle and crispy potato, and the veal cheeks topped with a beet blanket and dill puree.
When Anderson came out to tell us about that last dish, we asked what he's loved about this experience in LA these last few days. "We went to the Hollywood Farmers Market on Sunday and it was just amazing," he said. It is a beautiful place this time of year, that's for sure. The guest chefs did five of the nine courses, and after each bite we decided that a trip to Nashville might be in order. The dinner wasn't inexpensive, but we never mind when proceeds go to a good cause (in this case, the Pablov Foundation). Check out all of the dishes below.