Family Meal Presents Bodega
March 01, 2011
This past Saturday night, the DQM offices were transformed into an invite-only pop-up restaurant for a Family Meal featuring chef Dale Talde’s concept “Bodega”. If you watch Top Chef or know Dale you most likely have seen him rocking DQM on the show or around the L.E.S. I have had a love for food and cooking since I was a kid, so when I ran into Dale a couple of years ago at the shop I was stoked to sit down, have a beer and a chat.
http://www.dqmnewyork.com/images/news_uploads/The concept has changed a couple of times since way back then, and we’ve also enlisted the help of my long time friend, Orland Delgado, who has over 15 years experience in New York City’s restaurant industry, to form Family Meal. For those who don’t know what family meal is, it’s basically the meal that a restaurant staff eats before service which consists of dishes that are not on the menu, but in my opinion, are way better than the ones that are.
When Dale suggested using the DQM offices two months ago as a pop-up space, I was like yeah right! He said (having recently filmed Top Chef All-Stars), “Dude, I just cooked for 200 people on the beach, this will be easy”.
So after a lot of hard work, including painting the warehouse, screen printing all the menus and t-shirts by hand in-house, tying the t-shirts we gave as gifts to guests with twine like tiny roasts, and getting the office to a point where we thought maybe we could have people sit down and have a meal here, I have to say it all went rather flawlessly. Amazing what some low lighting can do.
We had a couple of minor mishaps like electrical circuits blowing out because of the voltage on the immersion circulators (some of our computers didn’t turn on when we got in on Monday morning), and the blender had a bad day, but overall it was an awesome night. The space was packed, the keg donated by our friends at Sixpoint brewery was flowing, as was the wine all the way through and after dinner. But it’s always about the food at the end of the day and our man Dale killed it. I still can’t get over the quality of the food that came out of the “kitchen”: the rack of venison was insane and the pork belly ramen was amazing. The potato chip and pretzel tart with salted caramel chocolate ganache was genius in true bodega style.
Thanks to all of our sponsors and to the chefs, servers and DQM staff who helped out. This might have been the first from Family Meal, but after this one, it won’t be the last.
Photography by Shadi Perez and Aaron Joseph.
Posted by Chris Keeffe on March 01, 2011 at 09:48 PM 11 Comments