Zink American Kitchen is a fabulous restaurant here in Charlotte, NC. They have a menu feature called “Feed Me Chef” which I thoroughly enjoy.
Last night I took Tyler and Robert out for dinner for the Feed Me Chef. (Robert didn’t have the “feed me” option but was well fed anyway!)
The premise is to tell them what you like, don’t like or have allergies to so they can create a 5-course menu for you. Our chef for the evening was Chef “DJ” Donald Ivey, Jr a graduate of Johnson & Wales University. He has been recently promoted to a sous chef position at Zink and if what I ate last night is any indication of what he can do, he has a bright future in front of him for sure.
Our First Course was a salad from “Rosemary Pete” a local vegetable and herb grower.
Something really nice about Zink is that they know who is growing their vegetables and source locally as much as they can. Rosemary Pete got his name by selling rosemary at local farmers markets. I must say the vegetables were spectacular.
DJ pointed out each vegetable he used on each plate. You can tell he was as proud of those vegetables as he was the beautiful proteins he served us.
We indulged in exotic radishes, turnips marinated in Prosecco and vanilla; bok choy and garnet potatoes.
The small touches like preserved lemons, micro greens and smooth as silk peanut fondue and fresh crisp house made caramel corn really put the meal in high gourmet category.
Most plates went back clean, what was left we brought home. After a while your stomach just gets full and rather than forgo any courses, a nice taste and then eat the rest later.
I just finished the last of my lamb course a few minutes ago and the flavor and aroma’s brought back the entertainment of watching the cooks working back and forth; paying precise attention to every task, sliding across the floor and working in tandem with each other.
I love watching a kitchen at work. I suppose that might be because I did it for so many years and I recognize the value of a well orchestrated team.
Feed Me Chef Dinner Menu
December 27, 2012
Rosemary Pete’s Spicy Greens
Turnips marinated in Prosecco and vanilla, exotic radishes, pomegranate seeds, bleu cheese and preserved lemons
Braised Pork Belly
Melted sweet dumpling squash, Pete’s bok choy, House made chow-chow and apple cider reduction
Corn Crusted Grouper
Pete’s carrots, snow peas, purple sweet potatoes, red bell peppers and celery root puree
Charred Onion Marinated Lamb
Fingerling sweet potatoes, Russian black kale, fried red peppers and apple butter
Molten Chocolate Cake
Vanilla ice cream and peanut butter fondue
Although Robert didn’t order the Feed Me
option, he had a salad and their award-winning White Turkey Chili and a house salad.
What a suburb experience! Every morsel was full of flavor, complementing textures and extremely high quality in every detail.
Zink American Kitchen is located at 4310 Sharon Road Suite W01, Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 909-5500 is the number to call for reservations or use Open Table. However, you will need to talk to the staff to arrange your unique menu.
We have had Chef Amy Kumpf and Chef DJ Ivey create some amazing meals, I suggest you experience it too, soon.