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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.

-Chris Keeffe-

Photography by Shadi Perez and Aaron Joseph.


Posted by Chris Keeffe on March 01, 2011 at 09:48 PM 11 Comments

11 Comments / The latest comment was posted 1299322849…

dion kovac wrote…

wow! nice one guys!
wish i could have been there..

Comment #1 posted on March 02, 2011 at 02:32 AM

DOPESAUCE wrote…

dale is the fuckin man. I was so pissed when he got eliminated.

Comment #2 posted on March 02, 2011 at 06:49 AM

goodfella wrote…

I wish i was there when you started your 1st pop up Bodega restaurant! By the looks of the guest on the pics, they really had good times.

Comment #3 posted on March 02, 2011 at 09:50 AM

sfFLIP wrote…

congrats Dale and to all at DQM who gave their time and efforts! looks like Bodega was an amazing event and I wish you continued success in the future!

Comment #4 posted on March 02, 2011 at 08:40 PM

diane wrote…

BRAVO !!!!!

Mom

Comment #5 posted on March 02, 2011 at 09:13 PM

Alex Valich wrote…

Damn that’s sick. Congrats guys. Dale is one of the sickest chefs out there.

Comment #6 posted on March 03, 2011 at 01:59 AM

Likes of Us wrote…

Great concept & execution. Congrats guys!

Comment #7 posted on March 03, 2011 at 02:04 AM

Ron wrote…

Wish I could’ve been there.  Congrats to all.

Comment #8 posted on March 03, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Mike Hernandez wrote…

Damn wish I was there!!..............but didn’t get invited.
Thanks Chris.

Comment #9 posted on March 04, 2011 at 03:28 AM

Jen wrote…

Dale killed it! Congrats to all your hard work :)

Comment #10 posted on March 04, 2011 at 07:37 AM

jack hawksmoor wrote…

looks awesome. i like the design and the ultra low profile setting. its all about the food and the people. come to SF!

Comment #11 posted on March 05, 2011 at 06:00 AM