Bourbon, Beer, and Cue Finale at the Dutch: Battle of the Caja Chinas (Photos)
Last night, the Dutch concluded their summer series Bourbon, Beer, and Cue with a three-way Caja China battle that invited Aaron Brooks (Edge Steak & Bar) and Jeremiah Bullfrog (gastroPod) to the W's grove backyard courtyard for a magical evening that included whole animals and bacon-infused bourbons under the stars.
All photos by Carla Torres Meat masters at the helm.
Andrew Carmellini, or A.C. as he is called by his staff, roamed around as the event's formal host while executive chef Conor Hanlon manned his lamb and did the cooking. Short Order was invited to attend the finale of the series, bringing the third consecutive year of Bourbon, Beer and Cue to a successful wrap.
This year, Hanlon invited fellow chefs to collaborate with him on a weekly basis. Jamie DeRosa, Brad Kilgore, The Dutch's Levi Raines, and James Seyba all joined him in the previous weeks that led up to last night's feast. Each week has a different theme, including the famed Korean BBQ led by sous chef Levi Raines. "We're really proud of our Korean BBQ here," says Hanlon. "It's been three years and people keep eating it up, so we love to make it."
The chef says this year's series has been a lot better overall due to the collaboration aspect and inviting his boys over to cook with him in the Grove garden. "Yeah, it's hot. It's summer," he says. "But that's what we have the punch and beer for."
A cash cocktail bar served Dutch gingers, bacon-smoked BBQ old-fashioneds, pimm's cup punch bowls, $2 PBR tall boys and $3 Tecate's. What's BBQ without some beer or bourbon to go with it?
An Aussie lamb in America.
We'll take that whole lamb and raise you a leg of lamb.
Hanlon and his whole animal. You'd think that Aaron Brooks would be the one cooking this fellow, but turns out The Dutch's Hanlon took care of the lamb. The winner of the Australian Lamb's first annual Miami Spring Fling, Hanlon won a 18-day trip to Australia to learn about how lamb is raised in the land down under and hopefully incorporate that more in the States.
"It's funny cause Brooksy invited me to compete in this lamb thing and everyone thought he was going to win because he's Australian and was going to get to go home and see his family," says Hanlon. "My friends all made fun and told me I needed to apologize, so I had to say sorry to Brooksy." The two hugged it out right then and there.