Clay Oven's chef/owner Geeta Bansal was invited to host a dinner at the James Beard House in New York earlier this year, and will be staging the dinner at the end of this month -- Sept. 27 to be exact.
She's one of the first female chefs from Orange County to make the trip, and will be doing a menu called "The Art of Spice," perfect for her brand of wonderfully spiced contemporary Indian food, but if you can't make the trip to New York, well, it's okay, because the Clay Oven in Irvine will be doing a special preview dinner this Monday.
The six course menu looks on-point. I'm including it, with wine pairings below:
Tastes Elk, foie, radish, fig, dirt, aji's MacPhail Rosé, Sonoma Coast, 2013
Mughal Shorba Roasted carrots, King David apples, Mughal crumbs Peter Lehmann Layers White, Adelaide, Australia, 2013
Tails of Water Shrimp tails on, pomelo, charred peppers, okra hay, quinoa pulao Amalaya Torrontés, Salta, Argentina, 2013
Hopping Heat DeBruin Rabbit, scotch bonnets, sweet potato, heirlooms, Basmati rice Hess Select Pinot Noir, Central Coast, 2012
Lamb Goes To Heaven Vadouvan lamb shank, date dust, fingerlings, fenugreek, layered bread Hess Select Malbec, Salta, Argentina, 2011
Sweet From the 15th Century Kitchen Almond, saffron, pistachio Peter Lehmann Art Series Moscato, Australia, 2011
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If you want to attend the Irvine dinner, tickets are $130 ($135.54 with a service fee) and includes tax, gratuity, and the wine pairing. You can find them here. And if you do happen to be in New York? Well, you can by the tickets here -- $170 for non-menbers and $130 for members of the James Beard Foundation.
Man, Orange County even gets a discount, that's great.