the Stove, kitchen social
and proper-tea of the Stove.
Chefs have a fondness for the kitchen. It is a place of controlled chaos, creativity, growth, anger, passion, and family. The Stove sets memories for both chefs and their idea for Kitchen Social.
Antonio fell in love with the kitchen social. Antonio says "the social aspect is what most people don't understand in the kitchen. It was standing over a stove with my grandma watching her make noodles and sauce. Watching her tasting, stirring, and making faces. I would sit and watch in awe. Standing with mom, that was an honor. The kids would have to grate cheese, or cut vegetables. If you got to help her cook, that meant she trusted you." Antonio laughed! The restaurant aspect was totally different, Antonio replied. "The restaurant really was a love hate. You worked right next someone that you spent more time with than your family at home. You would rely on each other, all the while cussing at each other all night. But in the end, we shrugged it off...like fighting with your siblings over a remote or the phone. In the end you still loved each other. We would buy beer after work and hang out. All of that is the meaning of the Stove, kitchen social. It is life, love, passion, and family!"
Scott's reaction was one in the same. "You have to respect and understand the Stove, and the influence of relationships in the kitchen. My family spent hours on end in the kitchen. It is where my mom created and sat for hours cooking breakfast lunch and dinner. If you needed my mom, she would be in the kitchen. I spent so much time there. I learned and respected the time and effort she took to show us she cared for us by making amazing home cooked meals." Scott loves the idea of bringing people together. Scott says, "Home and Restaurant are the same. You have to understand the excitement being bent over a stove, all of the smells, sounds, heat, fast pace, and comradery of it all. At home I know I am instilling family and the feeling of home, by cooking and being able to do what my mom and dad did for me. Work, it is building relationships on that line bent over that stove, with a saute pan in hand. The sounds of cooks and chefs alike hearing, YES, CHEF! And knowing that dish we created is going to be the conversation of the table! Then taking what we have created there, and talking to guests about it. This is now more than ever a Social position. You can not hide in the kitchen. You need to earn your guests trust! Let them know you have faith in your food. This is why we love the Kitchen Social for our Venue!
Proper-Tea wasn't an afterthought. This both chefs said, we want to have idea of what noon tea means. It was that midway between lunch and dinner. This is where people came in and socialized before going home, and grabbing a bite. We just want to have fun with it. This is a little bit funky, an experience. We took the tea, and added champagne, odd ball styling of eats to accompany. We wanted to have the traditional crumpets, scones, but why not add an array of culture to it? So we are going to play with it, but keeps its meaning. Not gouging people in price. We want everyone to experience the tea room, mums, daughters, gents, and lads alike!
The Stove is a place of a social gathering, not too big, giving you intimacy in your experience. A Chef's table is set on the expo line, to really see what they have going on and be apart of the Kitchen Social experience. These chefs want you to not just be there, but be part of what they are putting together for you!
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