Chef Maloney cooks for Chef Ferran Adrià and Comida 2015

Chef Maloney cooks for Chef Ferran Adrià and Comida 2015

Café Sebastienne

Excerpts courtesy of The Kansas City Star

Ferran Adrià ‘forages’ his way through KC and shares thoughts on smoke, technology
by Jill Wendholt Silva

Haven’t heard of Adrià? Or El Bulli, his now shuttered restaurant in the remote reaches of Catalonia? 

Think of foams and airs (made with liquid nitrogen to concentrate flavor), sous vide (cooking in a vacuum), thickeners (like agar, xathan or carageenen) and mind-bending, deconstructionist presentations that convince the eye they are sweet but are savory (or vice versa).

Perhaps no one summed up Adrià’s importance more succinctly than Aaron Prater, an associate chef professor at Johnson County Community College and co-owner of the Sundry. “It’s like if the physics professors at the college got to meet Einstein,” he told me a few weeks before Adrià’s arrival.

I ran into Jennifer Maloney, chef of Cafe Sebastienne in the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Maloney was chosen to cook for Adrià, and she was slated to serve coconut ginger broth with spring greens and pickled mangoes, a favorite ingredient of Adrià’s.

Is Adrià’s scientific tinkering the future of food?

“In my opinion, you always have to have people who push the boundaries, like Jackson Pollock did for painting,” [Chef Debbie] Gold said.

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Comida 2015 fundraiser provides chance to learn about Latin cuisine
by Craig Jones

While we have a bunch of great restaurants here in Kansas City, there’s not a lot of Latin represented. We’ve got Tex-Mex, some authentic Mexican and then one type of Brazilian restaurant here. 

Well, I’ve got great news. There’s an event on April 16 that will give us the chance to taste and learn about the many flavors of Latin cuisine, all in one place. And we’ll get to try Latin-inspired cocktails. And the event will feature 11 of our city’s talented chefs and eight of the top mixologists.

The event is Comida 2015, the second Annual Latin Culinary Arts Experience, from 7 to 9 p.m. April 16 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum. 

It’s a fundraiser for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City and the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Collaborative. This year they’re also bringing in mezcal and tequila experts, who will provide tastings and discuss the history and production process.

Maloney will be interpreting Oaxaca. 

“I’m doing Estofado de res de Ixtepec, which is a braised beef stew with fruits, and corn tortillas on the side.” 

And for something sweet, she’ll make a fruit empanada with crema.

Is your mouth watering yet? I know mine is. Comida 2015 is your chance to get out of the Tex-Mex rut, taste some exciting Latin flavors and maybe learn a thing or two.

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Image courtesy of Roy Inman / The Kansas City Star