Jay Astafa Dinner

Tuesday night we went to an incredible new vegan supper club and culinary academy, Suite Threeohsix. Founded by vegan chef Daphne Cheng, Daphne hosts and cooks most of the meals herself, but occasionally hosts visiting vegan chefs. Daphne was truly delightful, always available, answering questions and even allowing Keith access to their photo light box as each course was presented. She couldn’t possibly have been a more gracious host.
 
Here’s a pic of Daphne and me!
 
Daphne Cheng and I at Suite Threeohsix
I went to this dinner with friends, including my bestie Gretchen (of The Lucky Ones and Kind fame – buy both of these books right now, y’all). This particular dinner was catered by Jay Astafa. Gretchen and I had both fallen madly in love with his food at the recent Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary Fundraiser hosted by Will Travel for Vegan Food, and I was also familiar with his cuisine from a trip I took to Long Island a couple of years ago to Three Brothers Pizza
 
Here we are waiting for the food, salivating over the menu.
 
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We got to take a peek into the kitchen and watch the food being prepped. Everything looked gorgeous.
 
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Luckily while I was stuffing my face, my lovely husband was getting these incredible shots for the blog. We were so excited about these 8 courses that Keith numbered them, for your viewing pleasure. Yeah, you’re jealous.
 

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Amuse Bouche
Buttermilk fried cauliflower, purple potato salad with tarragon ranch.
 
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Butternut Squash Arancini
Fresh mozzarella, butternut squash puree with tarragon ranch.
 
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Arugula Salad with Pomegranate Poached Pears
Blue cheese, shaved fennel, walnuts with pomegranate vinaigrette.
 
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Roasted Maitake Mushrooms
Smoked red pepper coulis, frizzled leeks and rosemary olive oil powder.
 
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Corn and Ricotta Ravioli
White truffle butter, corn puree, heirloom cherry tomatoes, opal basil, cashew parmesan, and popcorn shoots.
 
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Grilled Carrot
Parsnip puree, creamed kale, onion ring, horseradish creme fraiche.
 
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Housemade Cheese Plate
Brie, aged cashew cheese, rosemary chevre, fig jam, vegan honey, pistachios, grapes and french baguette.
 
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Cinnamon Spiced Panna Cotta
Caramelized apples and caramel sauce.
 
 
As the night went on we were having so much fun and clearly had to break open another bottle of vino. It was one of the best meals I’ve had. We even got to meet Jay after the dinner and ask questions, although, “How do you cook such amazing food” was probably not the most clever question. I blame the wine.
 
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So, the next time someone asks you what vegans eat? Refer them to this post and this amazing meal. And if you’re interested in sharing a wonderful night out enjoying amazing food in a cool setting, I highly recommend visiting Suite Threeohsix. They host dinners several times a month and it’s truly worth it.