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Carla Hall’s Pop-up

My husband knows what a big fan I am of Carla Hall, so as a surprise he bought tickets for us to attend the Pop-up restaurant experience to promote the opening of her new restaurant in NYC. It was held at a restaurant called, “Root & Bone” located at 200 East 3rd Street in New York. For the event the restaurant’s chefs and Carla Hall’s chefs combined their menus and gave diners a sampling of their favorites. It was an interesting mix of, what I would call “Old-southern style food, meets modern southern food.” Carla’s menu was more old-fashioned southern food, including corn bread served with sorghum and hot fried chicken.

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By the way, I love sorghum! Who would have thought such a “northern” girl could enjoy such a southern favorite. To me sorghum is like a really deep flavored honey, yummy!

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My favorite item on the menu was the ice cream sandwiches! They were tiny, homemade chocolate cookies filled with ice cream. They were tiny bites and the cookie was just the right softness for an ice cream sandwich- perfection! My husband favorite was the banana pudding – a traditional banana pudding served in a tiny mason jar. What a great idea! Both of us really enjoyed the deviled eggs also, such a delicious surprise to someone who isn’t a huge fan of deviled eggs. Some of the eggs were topped with bacon!! Need I say more…. the other ones were made with pickled eggs.

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Each course was paired with a southern cocktail. It was an interesting twist on wine/food pairing that I’m used to. Each cocktail was so different and complimented the food delightfully.

The icing on the cake of the evening was meeting Carla. She’s as warm and friendly as she is on TV, she even autographed her new cookbook for me.

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