You’ve met my darling friend Tom before– but since we checked in with him, his world has only continued to explode! To say I’m proud of this guy is a complete understatement. He blows me away with his talent, his creativity, and his ambition! The latest project on his plate: Vin de Chez, a pop up restaurant and wine bar in a parking lot in Washington, DC.
John and I had the opportunity to swing by and snag a reservation last Sunday– it was actually my very first time having a full-on Tom dinner! We snapped a few iPhone / Instagram pics (yes, we left our fancy camera at home!)– they obviously cannot do the deliciousness justice, but it’s a start–>
We started out with two orders of Tom’s homemade bread (note to self: ALWAYS serve butter with sea salt. ALWAYS) and a cheese plate. The three varieties were so delicious we had to double up on the bread and I begged Tom to let me take a fresh loaf home.
We followed the deliciousness up with a salad of garden greens and some of the most delicious wine. Tom (and his Vin de Chez cohort Liz) created a diverse, high end bar of wines. I tried the 2010 Clos du Tue-Boeuf (Puzelat) Cheverny Blanc Frileuse (a white) and the 2009 Reverdito Barolo– both were completely delicious!
John tried Tom’s take on mole– the Duck, Mole, Tomato, Raspberry– and it was rich, sophisticated, and a delightful blend of sweet and salty.
I chose the Salmon, Mustard, Citrus, Broccolini and was completely blown away. The salmon seemed sushi-grade, barely seared and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The mustard-citrus accompaniment was more on the citrus side, much to my liking– I’m not a mustard fan at all, and I couldn’t even tell it incorporated it until I looked at the menu again!
Overall, the scene was completely unpretentious (yes, even with the fancy wine list and the mouth-watering menu). A few basic tables were set up in a parking lot; hip kids in cocktail casual talking about cool kid things; mismatched plates and silverware; and a crisp, but warm, evening at sunset.
But let’s get serious– the desserts. If you only go for one thing, go to Vin de Chez (or any Tom-cooked dinner for that matter) for the desserts!
I’ve tried this dish before and it is divine. There is no other way to describe it– this is the stuff of the gods. Tom’s Popcorn Ice Cream, Brown Sugar Caramel, Cheddar Powder dish– HEAVEN. Such a perfect flavor combination!
The ice cream’s deliciousness is only rivaled by the delectability of “Mom’s Cheesecake” (yes– Tom’s mother made every piece herself!). It was unbelievably light and tasty and I could have polished off an entire pie by myself. I highly recommend getting both of these desserts… and I wouldn’t recommend sharing!