Events / Dinner

New England with a Southern Heart

Tue, December 17, 2013

8:00 PM
The Beard House
Member Price: $130 Public Price: $170 Phone: 212.627.1111
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Rogan Lechthaler

The Downtown Grocery - Ludlow, VT

What happens when a Vermont raised chef marries a food-loving Southern gal? They open up a restaurant, of course. At the Downtown Grocery, chef Rogan Lechthaler—whose pedigree includes Boston’s Mistral and Blackberry Farm in Tennessee—turns out impeccable, ingredient- inspired fare while his wife oversees the front-of house with her signature charm.

Event photos taken by Geoff Mottram.


  • Hors d’Oeuvre
    • Buttermilk-Fried Cavendish Game Birds Quails’ Legs with Maple– Habanero Drizzle
    • House-Cured Fennel Salami 
    • Vermont Applewood–Smoked Boston Mackerel with Housemade Crème Fraîche on Black Pepper Crackers
    • Celery Root Soup with Crispy Maitake Mushrooms, Pumpkin Seed Oil, and Celery Leaves
    • Housemade Barrel-Aged Negroni
    • Domaine de la Rosière Jongieux Vin de Savoie 2011
    • Champagne Cocktail
  • Dinner
    • Gulf Shrimp and Grits with Plymouth Artisan Cheese Cheddar– Piment d’Espelette Grits, Tangled Roots Farm Shiitake Mushrooms, and House-Cured Nduja Sausage
    • Meinklang Somló White 2012
    • Housemade Orecchiette with Braised Fischer Farm Wagyu Beef Shank, Horseradish Cream, House-Grown Celery Greens, and Braising Jus
    • Porter Creek Old Vine Carignane 2009
    • Seared Cavendish Game Birds Quail Breast with Pickled Vermont Fennel and Preserved Local Blackberry Gastrique
    • Tomàs Cusiné Llebre 2008
    • Roasted Vermont Lamb Chop with Heleba Farm Sweet Potato–Springbrook Farm Reading Raclette Gratin and Watercress
    • Channing Daughters Sculpture Garden 2009
    • Fried Vermont Honeycrisp Apple Pie with Torched Vermont Creamery Bijou Aged Goat Cheese, Bitter Green Salad, Housemade and Barrel-Aged Eggnog, and Churro
    • Eden Ice Cider Company Dry Sparkling Cider NV

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