Thursday afternoon marked the opening of the new Sub-Zero/Wolf Appliance showroom located on the second floor of Buckhead’s Terminus building. The showroom, which officially opens to the public on May 14th, is equipped with a live demonstration kitchen as well as a large common area where guests can relax and enjoy the space.
After a tour of the sparkling $4 million facility, dazzled guests were treated dishes prepared by two corporate chefs. Chef Will Ratley, who normally works in the Orlando area, prepared fontina lavender mashed potatoes with blackened day boat scallops garnished with a roasted corn pico de gallo plated an “overnight tomato” (which according to Chef Ratley can ONLY be made in a Wolf oven) and an apple cider gastrique. Chef George Laudun, who will serve as the Executive chef of the new Atlanta showroom, served Charleston-style grits topped with thinly sliced sweet-pepper-marinated venison and pork tenderloin and topped with a bourbon peach glacé and a fresh sage leaf.
Both tastings were stunning examples of the range of cooking techniques that can be accomplished with the equipment on hand in this new facility. While both chefs worked diligently to ensure the food was hot and beautifully presented, they took a few minutes to chat with me about their methods and recipes: the scallops were lightly coated in Cajun spices before being seared, the mashed potatoes were infused with lavender blossoms, the incredibly rich grits were simmered with heavy cream and the peach bourbon sauce was made by flambéing the peaches in bourbon and adding beef demi-glacé to make a thick gravy.
Bourbon Peach Glacé
1 tablespoon butter
1 small onion, diced
1 cup dried peaches, chopped
½ cup bourbon
¼ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup veal demi-glacé
1 bay leaf
Soak dried peaches in warm water (just to cover) overnight. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat and sauté the onion for 2-3 minutes until translucent. Add peaches, soaking water and sugar, and then cook until the sugar is dissolved and the water is evaporated.
Remove the pan from the heat and add the bourbon. Place pan back on heat, turn flame up to high and ignite the bourbon while swirling pan to burn off alcohol. Add demi-glacé and bay leaf, bringing to a boil and simmering for 15 minutes over medium heat or until liquid is reduced by half. Adjust the flavor with salt and pepper. Use as a chunky marmalade or puree and serve over grilled meat.
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Denise and Dom Romeo are local food bloggers who enjoy spending time together doing what they love best: cooking and entertaining! Follow their food adventures on their award winning blog; We Like To Cook! at http://romeocucina.blogspot.com.