Events / Dinner

The Sicilian Kitchen Lunch

Fri, February 21, 2014

1:00 PM
The Beard House
Member Price: $80 Public Price: $95 Phone: 212.627.1111
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Melissa Muller Daka

Bar Eolo and Pastai - NYC

When Melissa Muller Daka opened Bar Eolo in 2010, it was a self-professed “love letter to Sicily”–and three years later, her ode to the Southern Italian region was such a success that she opened the artisanal pasta bar, Pastai. Join us at the Beard House for the chef's contemporary spin on rustic Sicilian cuisine, complete with wines straight from the island.

Event photos taken by Tiffany Smith.


  • Hors d'Oeuvre
    • Black Squid Ink Arancini with Seafood Ragù and Primo Sale Sheep’s Milk Cheese
    • Crostini with Ginger-Spiced Tuna Tartare, Roasted Peppers, Sicilian Pistachio Pesto, and Fried Caper–Dried Olive Dust
    • Smoked Potato Croquettes with Taleggio and Sicilian Sun-Dried Tomatoes
    • Shredded Saffron Chicken, Caciocavallo, Golden Raisin, and Pine Nut–Puff Pastry Crescents 
  • Luncheon
    • Charred Octopus with Tarragon, Mâche, Salted Codfish Custard, Dried Fava Bean–Carrot Purée, and Shellfish Oil
    • Sicilian Oregano–Infused Ricotta and Broccoli Rabe Ravioli with Spicy Lamb Sausage and Dried Cherries
    • Nero d’Avola–Braised and Cocoa-Rubbed Beef Short Ribs with Pumpkin Purée, Salsify–Black Garlic Purée, and Cauliflower Caponata
    • Dessert Sampler > Ricotta Doughnuts with Vanilla–Orange Cream and Cappuccino Crème Anglaise; Sicilian Pistachio Couscous with Candied Cucuzza Squash and Rosemary-Infused Milk Custard; and Chocolate Salami with Toasted Panettone Bread Crumbs and Almond Crumble 
    • A selection of fine Sicilian wines will be served with this lunch.

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