Ad Hoc – 6/29/08

by arnold on June 30, 2008

Our first visit to Ad Hoc was a year ago today, and though it might seem strange to commemorate the occasion, I had a major culinary epiphany that evening. If you read my review of that first Ad Hoc dinner, I think you can actually see the light bulbs going off in my head as dinner progressed. The entire experience made me reevaluate how I thought about food and cooking, and in many ways, it’s why this blog even exists.

That first visit was followed by 13 more in the last 12 months, including our Ad Hoc “anniversary” dinner last night. (We did celebrate our second wedding anniversary there last September with some delicious Texas-style Barbecue.) The ever-changing daily menu helped spawn the Ad Hoc Menu Archive, one of this site’s most popular pages. You can see all of my Ad Hoc-related posts, including my attempts at replicating their awesome fried chicken, on this page.

Last night’s meal seemed to take this year-long Ad Hoc journey full circle. It featured beef short ribs, one of my favorite things to eat in the whole world (esp. when sous vide is involved), and it was the focal point of our first visit to Ad Hoc. Of course, Ad Hoc always finds ways to change things up so they don’t serve you the exact same meal twice.

Here’s last night’s menu:


Endive and Arugula Salad
prosciutto di san daniele, pine nuts, shaved fennel,
piquillo peppers, sherry vinaigrette

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Strawberry Mountain Beef Short Ribs
young broccolini, sweet carrots, buttered farro

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Fourgerus
porcini and morel mushroom ragout

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Peach and White Nectarine Cobbler
k & j orchards yellow peaches,
vanilla ice cream


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Paul June 30, 2008 at 10:38 am

Congrats on your Ad Hoc anniversary and your wedding anniversary! I now read your blog on a much more regular basis so keep it coming.

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Nate June 30, 2008 at 11:55 am

Awesome photos, Arnold! Looks really delish!

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Sooj July 1, 2008 at 3:56 pm

I feel so lucky to have been there with you and Christel on both occasions. Thanks for taking me along for the anniversary.

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