Food & Drink

November 20, 2010

Food Porn leads to Foodgasms at Bistro Mezzaluna

Last night I had a wonderful dinner with friends at Bistro Mezzaluna in Fort Lauderdale. Brian Rutherford is the executive chef and his reputation as a chef precedes itself. I’ve known Brian for a few years now as we traveled the Food and Wine event circuit together in Fort Lauderdale. Brian is a Culinary Institute of America graduate, that simply means he’s classically trained and knows his way around the kitchen; that aside, Brian’s “got it.” In every profession, passion and hobby we all know someone who’s finesse for what they do supercedes the rest, it’s called the “it” factor and Chef Rutherford’s “got it.” His food is very, very good. The presentation, beautiful. His demeanor, cooler than his walk-in. I have never seen this man get rattled, ruffled, worked up or twisted. Some adjectives that describe most chefs because of pressure on these men and women. The true profressional picks his team, trains his team and works his team. Most of Brian’s kitchen staff has been with him for a minimum of 4 years and there he was last night bringing his team down the field for touchdown.

I’m in the restaurant last night and of course I peek my head in the kitchen to say hi to my friend. 7:30pm on a Friday night. I was welcomed like a long lost friend. Yeah OK, a 35 minute wait, servers humming, bartenders buzzing and I walk in….. “Hi!!!” Brian never missed a beat. You could have heard a pin drop in that kitchen. Chef Rutherford’s “line” impeccably managed. You reference “the well oiled machine” I can show you the definition of it at Bistro Mezzaluna. I can also show you the magnificent food….this week’s South Florida Food and Wine Food Porn. This one’s for you my friend…..
(click on the photos for a more deliciously detailed view)

Stone Crabs

Ahi Tuna

Oysters Rockefeller

Nut-Crusted Goat Cheese Salad

Seafood Salad

Linguini and Clams

Filet Mignon

Bistro Seafood Pasta

Rack of Lamb

Apple Pie

Bread Pudding

Bistro Mezzaluna 741 SE 17th Street Fort Lauderdale, Florida 954-522-9191
 
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