Wednesday, October 22, 2008


We now interrupt our regularly schedule recipe of the day so I can give you the latest buzz on one adorable chef, one perfectly roasted turkey and one luxurious kitchen. The Diva was honored to attend a truly wonderful soiree last night, courtesy of and Electrolux appliances. My heartfelt thanks go out to both, I had a marvelous time!

The event was held in Electrolux's magnificent demo-kitchen at Relais & Chateaux in midtown Manhattan and what a night it was! Our guest chef for the evening was Chef Brad Steelman of The River Cafe and we were treated to some astoundingly good eats courtesy of Brad and his lovely staff.

I'll give you a minute to drink in Chef Steelman's boyish good looks ... ahem ... while I assure you that he is every bit as charming, warm and friendly as his shy little smile suggests. What a treat it was to watch this master at work. And the food was nothing short of outstanding. We began with some passed hors d'oeuvres ... a piquant goat cheese and black olive tapenade crostini, topped with a delicate round of piquillo pepper. Scrumptious! A light and crisp puff pastry, topped with a truffled chicken salad. Yummy! And a truly divine ragu of pork, topped with some butternut squash and a tiny roasted marshmallow (pictured below). Let me tell you, this was to-die-for. I could have happily eaten the whole plate of spoons myself! I didn't.

Chef Steelman then demonstrated the wonders of Electrolux's Induction Hybrid Cooktop while crafting a light and perfectly balanced wild mushroom risotto.

Each grain of rice was cooked to perfection and the resulting dish was light, creamy and savory ... and not at all like the gray glutenous mass that so often results from an improperly cooked risotto. Heavenly!

We then moved on to the highlight of the evening ... a beautifully roasted Vermont Tom Turkey, which had been brined and roasted in the spectacular Electrolux Wall Oven with the "The Perfect Turkey Button." Perfect, indeed! This feature yields a perfectly roasted, perfectly moist turkey every time with the help of a sensored probe.

Chef Steelman put this tasty bird to magnificent use in his whimsical "turkey sliders" ... an astoundingly good concoction of the moist sliced turkey, savory, sage-y pork stuffing, gravy and some just-tart-enough cranberry compote on cute little brioche buns. My stars, these were delicious! A bit messy to be sure, but well worth the effort. I loved this slider and plan to make it myself after Thanksgiving.

As if that weren't enough, we concluded the tasting with a decadent, classic creme brulee - baked in perfectly seasoned "Jack Little" pumpkins and topped with a crisp-sweet square of pecan shortbread.

Needless to say, I'll be hitting the gym extra hard today. Phew, what a meal! Every course was exquisite and I was impressed by both Chef Steelman and the Electrolux kitchen. I'm sorry to say that I replaced my own oven about a year ago ... if only I had known the wonders of Electrolux ... and I'm not personally in the market for a new one. If you are, however, I do recommend checking out their wares. Their luxury line is impressive to say the least. I also recommend checking out The River Cafe. Chef Steelman is a cutie and dude can cook! What a great combination.

In addition to the tasty eats and spectacular setting, I was delighted to have the opportunity to meet some of my fellow Foodbuzz Featured Publishers. I've got a whole new crop of blogs to check out and recommend; and that's exciting. I've also got some of some of Chef Steelman's recipes and will be sharing those with you in future posts. Thank you, Foodbuzz!

So, there you have it - the latest buzz and way too many photographs. I beg your indulgence. I had such a great time that I wanted to share it all with you ... and believe me, I've edited!

Bon appetite!


Miss Caught Up said...

Everything looks so delicious!! I'm jealous! :)

doggybloggy said...

your turkey in the oven picture looks great....

The Diva on a Diet said...

You'd have loved it, MCU. Wish I could pack it all up and send it to you!

Thanks, doggybloggy! I'm the first to admit that food photog. is not my strong suit ... but I'm learning ... I hope. :)

Anonymous said...

The food looks & sounds does Chef

Deb said...

Ooohhh Diva looks like the combo of Foodbuzz and you is not good for life on the beach. Food looked fabulous and way to hard to resist or eat in moderation. This new blogging career could be hazardous to your weight loss effort, but then again you can treat it as research for that future cookbook LOL!

Pictures of food were great and the chef is adorable, glad you had such a great time.


Sass said...

And now...I'm starving. ;)

I tagged you in my blog. I'm sorry. ;)

pixelgal said...

Gotta stop checking you out every day! Bad for my diet (what diet?) and pocketbook. You made it sound so good that I want to run out and buy an Electrolux oven to replace my new GE profile! I thought Electrolux only made vaccuums, which used to be the best. And oooh that chef! Husbands beware!

Michele said...

I'm glad that you got the chance to go to a Buzz event. Hopefully they do something local for us as well. But I'm not sure if the Jersey Shore is a food destination. I've got a dead simple roasted turkey recipe that would be great for the sliders. I'll have to attempt them soon.

The Diva on a Diet said...

Indeed, anonymous! ;)

Deb - here's the crazy thing, I've managed to loose two more pounds already this week - despite the splurge! Maybe not so crazy though - I've been working out a lot and I really cut my calories during the day on Tuesday, prior to attending the nights feast. Fear not, all is well! Everything in moderation.

No worries, Sass, I've tagged you enough ... its time you got me back. Will get to the tag over the weekend or early next week.

Definitely do the sliders, Michele - they're yummy! I hope you'll get to a Foodbuzz event in the near future too. It was nice to meet everyone and you can't beat the cost! LOL

The Diva on a Diet said...

So funny about the husbands, pixelgal! He was cute and super nice. I hear ya on the Electrolux ... there stuff was really nice. Oh well, next time!