Beard at the Boathouse
at Fin & Pearl
Last month, Fin & Pearl hosted a sold-out dinner, "Ode to the Sea," at the James Beard House in NYC. The evening featured an al fresco cocktail reception with
One assumes that Deb Paquette’s cult following ate somewhere else during the bereft hiatus between the wee morning hour January 17, 2010 when she and husband Ernie put the ‘Gone Fishing’ sign on Zola’s front door after a brilliant 13-year run, and August 29 when she and her new partners unlocked the front door of Etch.
But judging from the tables filled with ecstatic diners in various states of epicurean bliss, no one filled her role as Queen of Global Cuisine. Paquette has always marched to her own beat, and at a time when it’s all about earth-to-table, farm-to-fork, local sourcing and simple presentation, she imbues Etch’s kitchen with her passion for the exotic essence, hues, textures, and products of the Mediterranean and North Africa.
Hours: Lunch Mon.-Fri. 11-2; Dinner Mon-Fri. 5-10 pm, Fri. and Sat. 5-10:30 pm. Bar opens Mon-Sat. 4 pm.
Lunch: Lamb bacon and fried egg sandwich on rosemary bread; Shrimp Papusa; Ratatouille crudo; Wagyu Reuben Hot Dog, a “corned dog” on a rye bun, with Brussels sprout slaw, sweet pickle aioli.
Dinner: Roasted cauliflower, truffled pea pesto, salted almonds, feta crema; Octopus and Shrimp Bruschetta; Beets & Berries; Cobia with Turkish spiced, brown buttered oranges; Lamb Chop, with merguez sausage brik; Ginger Grits with tangerine butter.
Drink: Craft beers, local and regional, classic and couture cocktails, extensive wine list.
Dessert: Panna Cotta with milk chocolate chai; Semifreddo, goat cheese and almond frozen mousse with almond meringue cake.
303 Demonbreun St, 615-522-0685; etchrestaurant.com