Chef Danny Mongeon of Hooch Bourbon House is taking benevolent dining to a whole new level with FLUX, a dinner club series that saw its first event last night, at Mariposa Farm in Plantagenet. Diners were whisked by bus to Ian Walker and Suzanne Lavoie’s farm, known to many in the culinary community for the wide range of exceptional products it supplies to area restaurants.
The name FLUX represents the notion that we are all in a constant state of change, both personally and as dictated by the seasons and nature in general. The dinners are a collaboration between several area chefs, all of whom seem to share Mongeon’s penchant for playful food that makes the most of seasonal ingredients. Participants for the inaugural FLUX dinner included Kyle Mortimer-Proulx, most recently of ZenKitchen, Stephen LaSalle of The Albion Rooms, The Courtyard Restaurant’s Ian Reed, Ian Carswell of K-W Catering (National Gallery), and Hooch’s Adam Bannerman. Kitchen and service staff all volunteered their time for this special dinner.
The menu was inventive and flavourful, to be sure. I’ll present it here in pictorial form as few words are needed to describe such beautiful plates. Be sure to watch Facebook and Twitter for news of the next FLUX dinner, taking place sometime this summer. You don’t want to miss it.