Hey everyone, I want to start of this post by introducing the first post for my Lifestyle category. What better way to start it off then to talk about The Spring Chicken. Last night my boyfriend and I had the opportunity to attend our friend Andrew Dudich’s sixth pop up dinner. It was a six course tasting dinner held at Erini in Ewing Township.
Get to Know The Spring Chicken
“The Spring Chicken was started in April of 2016 by Andrew Dudich, executive chef and owner, and Alex Marut, Chef de Cuisine and partner. The two chefs met at Mercer County Vocational School for culinary arts. It was started as a way of introducing their take on blue collar standards presented in a six course tasting. Having just finished their sixth dinner, they are looking towards their seventh, as they hold one dinner per month. The first being held at Erini, followed by Delorenzo’s, Pennington Firehouse, Titusville Firehouse, Brothers Moon, and finally arriving back at Erini for dinner number six.
The menus are based on blue collar standards that this areas demographic are familiar with, presented in an upscale manner, and slowly introducing the customers into new foods such as, wood grilled octopus, sea bass ceviche, and sous vide egg yolks. The partners go into a restaurant on a day they’re closed, bring their own wait staff, kitchen staff, and for the use of the restaurants time their given a portion of the profits.”
Meet the Chefs
(From left to right- Andrew Dudich, & Alex Marut)
“Chef Andrew Dudich began cooking at a young age with his mother, Donna, who was also a chef. He started his culinary career in the Princeton area while in high school as the garde manger at the Springdale Country Club, where after he pursued a Bachelors from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. While attending school he worked such places as Boston’s iconic restaurant Restaurant Clio, and Newport’s Castle Hill Inn. When he isn’t working on dinners with The Spring Chicken, he owns a food truck in Hamilton, New Jersey named Mama Dude’s.”
“Chef Alex Marut started his culinary career at Erini Restaurant in Ewing, New Jersey where he worked as a line cook learning the ins and outs of the restaurant industry. After working Erini he worked at Steve Star Catering learning the intricacies of the catering business. Following that he pursued a job at the well know Rats, in the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey as a line cook.”
Caramelized Onions- Veal Broth- Ficelle Baguette- Gruyère de Comtè
Spiced Pomegranate Compote- Lavender Honey- Focaccia Crisp- Triple-Crème
Sweet Potato & Poblano Puree- Burnt Carrot- Smoked Mitake Farrotto- Vegetable Demi
Farfalle- Local Arugula- Ricotta Salata- Guanciale Crumble
Grilled Octopus- Heirloom Potato- Charred Chorizo- Limoncello Vinaigrette
Dark Chocolate- Pomegranate Ice Cream- Espresso Sabayon- Caramel Dust
Chocolate Macaroon with Jam
Experience & Final Thoughts
The presentation alone was incredible, it was seriously like art work. They say presentation is everything and they definitely nailed it last night. The food was amazing, so many different flavors and textures and somehow it all went so well with one another. I’ve tried thing’s that I’ve never had before and probably wouldn’t of ordered if I was out but after last night I’m so glad I had the chance to try so many things.
My favorite dishes I would say were the Farfalle with the pesto sauce (my favorite), the Grilled Octopus with the Chorizo, the Macaroon (obviously because I’m obsessed), and the Lavender Honey dish with apple slices and the Focaccia Crisp. Let me just say the Lavender Honey was the most unique and delicious honey I’ve ever tasted. It was an awesome experience, being that this was our first pop up dinner we weren’t sure what to expect but this succeeding our expectations. If any of you get the opportunity to attend a pop up dinner or even The Spring Chicken’s then definitely attend!
“Recently, guests have asked us what we would like The Spring Chicken to lead to. We don’t have an answer for that question because at this moment we are focusing on improving our culinary abilities, while introducing people to a new style of cuisine they might not be able to find without driving to a major city. You can find out more about the pair through their social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Eventbrite.”
Photo’s from previous events
I hope you enjoyed this post and are now hungry! If you live in the area definitely check out The Spring Chicken because you won’t be disappointed.
Until next time xoxo