Tasting Table September #FirstFridays

You know how some people seem just seem to win things? Door prizes, random drawings, giftcards--you name it, they've won it. 

I swear I am not one of those people. Usually.

Someone must have been pulling the strings in my favor at the beginning of September, though, when Tasting Table reached out with some exciting news--I won four tickets to their #FirstFridays at the Tasting Table Test Kitchen down in Soho. 

Photo: Tasting Table

Photo: Tasting Table

In their own words, the Test Kitchen is TT's "editorial playground [and] culinary headquarters for tasting, testing, playing around cooking seriously." In my words, it is a gorgeous, food-oriented space that feels more friend of a friend's swanky apartment than anything else. 

Photo: Tasting Table

Photo: Tasting Table

You know, if your friends had Jenn-Air appliances, cooked with OXO and Le Creuset alone, and served the most ridiculously incredible food, like:

Chilled corn soup topped with truffle milk foam,

Photo: Mackenzie Smith

Carrot and radish salad, 

Photo: Mackenzie Smith

Plum and heirloom tomato salad, arugula pesto, and goat cheese, 

Photo: Mackenzie Smith

Farro with cucumbers, za'atar and ricotta salad, 

Photo: Mackenzie Smith

Cold fried chicken salad with buttermilk vinaigrette, charred peaches, and red watercress, and

Photo: Mackenzie Smith

'Salty Grahamas': vanilla frozen custard, whiskey caramel sauce, graham gravel, banana, and whipped cream.

Photo: Mackenzie Smith

Oh, and bottomless Stella Artois and Cidre. 

Photo: Mackenzie Smith

TT also had these amazing plates that had a little cut out on the upper lefthand corner for your wine stem. Genius! Found these similar Acacia wood plates and have 'em bookmarked.

Photo: Mackenzie Smith

One unforgettable part of the space (aside from that open front bar) was the kitchen. No part was off limits - though everyone obviously respected the chefs' space - and it was beyond cool to watch the work and skill that went into making all of the dishes. Even cooler? The executive chef, Dave Kirschner, is actually someone you'd want to share one of those Stellas with. He took the time to chat with me as I hovered over his lobster roll cooking process and way asked too many questions--that'll earn anyone a spot on my favorite list!

Photo: Mackenzie Smith

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