New year, new plan

We launched Hearsay one year ago with three main goals:

  1. Share lots of amazing food with people whose culinary obsessions rival our own.
  2. Share incredible wine, beer, and cocktail pairings with people whose booze obsessions rival our own.
  3. Justify the purchase of a bunch of fancy kitchen equipment.

I’m happy to report that we’ve nailed #1 and #2. (As for #3… well… it turns out that it’s actually pretty easy to borrow your brother’s Sous Vide Supreme for months at a time.) Joining the table at our dinners–in addition to cooking and serving–has given us a fantastic opportunity to get to know the 100+ guests that have joined us over the past year. It’s also been an amazing education in multi-tasking and appearing calm under pressure, and I’m really glad we chose to do it.

But here’s the thing. As our menus have become more complex and we’ve expanded the size of our dinners, this balancing act has gotten kind of nuts. We agreed from the outset that we’d keep running Hearsay only as long as it’s FUN. So in the interest of keeping our kitchen stress-free, we’re going to change up the structure of our events a bit going forward.

We’ll continue hosting our monthly(ish) dinners for 10-16 guests. However, instead of presenting a six-course menu where we join the table for every course, we’ll offer a more focused four-course menu. We’ll stay in the kitchen until dessert, and we’ll join the party for an after-dinner drink. This new format will give us the chance to use cooking and presentation techniques that weren’t realistic when we were joining the table. It will also give us the opportunity to hang out with you guys after the stressful part of our night is over. We’re hoping it will be the best of both worlds.

We’re also planning to host more tasting events in the coming year. These will be both single-vendor events along the lines of the Cocoa Rustica tasting we held this summer, as well as traditional blind wine tastings. We may also begin offering workshops and cooking/pairings classes… stay tuned, and certainly let us know if there’s a particular type of event you’d like to see us host.

Looking forward to sharing more amazing food and drink experiences with you in 2012. Cheers!

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