SHOWING POSTS TAGGED: Chef Brandon Walukus

posted on by Jackie Bebenroth

Grill Great Veggies

All you grill-meisters out there might be masters of the meat and marinade domain, but when was the last time you grilled up a veggie dish worthy of a wonderful review? Spice Executive Chef Brandon Walukas offers up some tricks for your summer harvest in this super-simple “to taste” recipe, all while answering that age-old gardener’s question, “What the hell am I supposed to do with all this zucchini?” GRILLED ZUCCHINI + CORN Yield: 12 portions Please use this as a guideline and not an exact recipe. “Tt” stands for “to taste.” 3 large zucchini 6 ears sweet corn 1 head of garlic 1 bunch basil Tt sea salt Tt black pepper, fresh cracked Tt extra virgin olive oil Tt vinegar, cider or white balsamic Cut zucchini into quarters lengthwise, then cut at a 45-degree angle along the center of the squash to remove the seeded area. Season zucchini quarters … READ MORE

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posted on by Jackie Bebenroth

The makings of a porkstrami sandwich.

Chef Ben Bebenroth has a very picky palate. As he should. He’s dined at the some of the world’s best restaurants. He rarely eats anything not made from scratch. And he’s been known to keep certain dishes in a constant state of development for weeks before they hit the menu (yeah, we’re talking to you, Andouille Burger). While this attribute is common to any successful chef/owner, it can be annoying sometimes, especially when it comes to choosing a place to eat on date night. (psst. honey, there’s more than one restaurant in town. love, your wife). So when Ben’s reviewing the St. Pat’s specials and says, (quote) “This could be one of the best f*ing sandwiches I’ve ever had, ever. Seriously. It’s damn delicious.” we all sit up and take note. Kudos to Chef Brandon Walukus for inspiring this rare response. Here’s the story behind Brandon’s Corn Beef + Porkstrami Sandwich, … READ MORE

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posted on by Noelle P.

Q + A with Spice of Life Executive Chef, Brandon Walukas

A self-proclaimed “mood-eater,” Executive Chef Brandon Walukas has been cooking up savory plates for Spice of Life Catering Co. for the past 3 years. Brandon has always enjoyed the process of transforming his dishes with the seasons, as different varieties of fruits and vegetables become available. His adventurous palette and appreciation for a good bottle of wine (ok, maybe it’s more of an addiction) have made believers of even the pickiest eaters. When it comes to creative menu creation, Chef Brandon is the man. Q. How do you come up with your dishes? Is there a process you work through? A. All dishes evolve in different ways. Some by screwing around in the kitchen, some by inspiration from ingredients and others just from going out living life. Each dish begins as an idea, and then it’s all about refining that idea. Q. What is your go-to spice on the rack? … READ MORE

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