We love pop ups…it’s how we started our business. But behind the veil, our set up and back of house team has a love/hate relationship with them for one reason: logistics. We love connecting with our friends and cooking for them, we love sharpening our pencil and coming up with new menus…..but there’s always that variable component of logistics that requires us rolling up our sleeves and hauling gear for a few blocks. Every once in a while, a location comes along that is so rad….that our WHOLE team is fired up, and so excited about the location, that the logistics fade to black. Enter….The Last Bookstore…..We called our friends Heidi and Josh Spencer, owners of the Last Bookstore, and asked them how they felt about closing the store 8 hours early, cutting a reading short by some famous New York author, shuffling out all the customers, letting us invade their space, and blending awesomeness….they said: “let’s do it.” Opening cocktail: “Papa’s Boy” tequila. grapefruit. lime. luxardo maraschino.
A massive shout out to sweet emilia jane for the perfect floral vision. Foraged and installed with love by Emilia….we love you!Our craft cocktail genius Dan Thompson is from the Northwest. Something about used books, killer cocktails, insane food, low light and old couches had DT feeling right at home. All cocktail recipes are Dan Thompson originals and the guests were losing it over not just the cocktails, but on how well they were paired with the courses. Nice job Dan!Pictured above: on the left: paella bites. blood orange foam. on the right: “grilled cheese + tomato” smoked tomato bisque. brioche + brie grilled cheese. Pictured above: on the left: white anchovy. heirloom cherry peppers. bagna cauda. on the right: guacamole sorbet. grilled shishito. cippolini petals.
Fun with liquid nitrogen. From fresh to frozen and shattered in seconds. Boiling cold. Once again, unencumbered by the challenge of executing 6 courses with multiple components out of kitchen we built in a bookstore, Chef Libry leads his team over the hurdles and into the memories of some super happy people. We started this journey because we believe pausing the frenetic pace of life, to take time for a great meal with good friends, is something that matters. Here’s to another great memory. The final thanks goes to our friend Ashley Keleman for all the photos. Thanks Ashley! See you next time!