Thursday, November 12, 2015

Spice Trade Influences Chef Matthew Ridgway’s New Gypsy Kitchen Menu

Traditions live and breathe like the rest of us. Just ask Matthew Ridgway, executive chef of Gypsy Kitchen. In Ridgway’s kitchen, culinary traditions are dynamic, and The Shops Buckhead Atlanta restaurant’s rich repertoire of Spanish cuisine easily welcomes to the fold new recipes inspired by global spices and Southern harvests. New on the Gypsy Kitchen menu are Pinchos Calientes y Frios (hot and cold snacks) like marinated octopus salad, littleneck clams pipérade, foie gras escabèche and uni-stuffed eggs with colatura. The tapas menu welcomes hot mussels with red lentils, chorizo, torn basil and coconut milk; roasted cauliflower and quinoa salad; Pennsylvania duck al pastor with crushed white beans and tamarind ketjap manis; and tuna tartare-stuffed piquillo peppers. New Raciónes (entrées) include Georges Bank cod with green onion pil-pil, glazed eggplant and black garlic migas; braised Berkwood Farms pork jowl with romesco and roasted heirloom apples; and grilled yellowfin tuna fideo with toasted vermicelli short noodles and lemon confit. Looking ahead to 2016, groups of six to eight guests will be able to sit down to family style “Gypsy Kitchen Experiences,” three-course meals featuring entrées such as lobster and seafood paella, whole suckling pig or Moroccan lamb shoulder tagine served with a seasonal appetizer and salad. Ordered one week in advance, the experiences are a surefire way to spice up the cold months.

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