Guest Chef for a Locavore* Gourmet Dinner
August Rolufs

Saturday, June 10, 2017

*locavore – a person who makes an effort to eat food that is grown, raised, or produced locally, usually within 100 miles of home

Prix Fixe – four courses  $40

Seating begins at 5:45.  Last seating 7:45.

Reservations are required. Seating is limited.

Not only is the food locally sourced for this evening, so is the talent.  Local boy (Rolla) meets local girl (Cuba) and attends local University (Mizzou).  August Rolufs has been working on a Food and Beverage Specialty in the Hospitality Management Program at Mizzou where he will enter his last semester this fall. Endi Rolufs, his wife, is a talented pastry chef and knows her way around the food world.  She is his Sous Chef for this evening.  Together they are a team to make us locals proud.

Augie has been very busy while pursuing his degree.  On the home front, a second child joined their family last year. Augie has been also working (sometimes two jobs at the same time) while going to school and being an active parent. He has cooked at the Wine Cellar and Bistro in Columbia and the Flat Branch Pub and Brewery as well as the ElevenEleven restaurant in the the Broadway Hotel.  All this experience and studying has inspired him to emphasize local ingredients and develop a style influenced by the French Bistro and also a touch of modern Asian cuisine.

It was interesting to plan the menu with them, as they knew our wines so well and had them in mind for each menu course.

Here is what the Chef has envisioned.

The Starter
– tempura fried sweet potato with sauce
The Salad
– Missouri goat cheese truffle salad with a local berry vinaigrette and fennel slaw
The Entree
– pecan encrusted breast of chicken (pasture raised organic*) served on a bed of hand made broad pasta
The Dessert
– strawberry shortcake with cream anglaise

  * The chickens are raised by DL Farms run by Dave and Larkin Busby.  Theirs is a family owned, pasture-based beyond organic farm located in the rolling hillsides 12 miles north of St. James.