I had the honor of being invited to last night’s first ever pop-up restaurant by The Red Pickle and Mario Alfaro Lopez, featuring Chef Dan Roe and hosted by Ellensburg Crossfit. I’ll get to the point and say that it was a delightful evening and a fantastic meal. Each of the four courses was better than the last and we left with that sense of satisfaction one gets from a truly great meal. I can’t recall the last time I felt that from a meal out in Ellensburg.
Chef Dan Roe’s menu was seasonal, wholesome, and full of interesting elements without anything seeming extraneous. It’s the kind of food that must be done with a great deal of thought and care, both of which were in abundance from everyone involved in last night’s dinner.
I betrayed one of my own pet peeves for you and took pictures of each coarse, so I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves.
I am a lover of beets but my husband and others who aren’t even huge fans of the those crimson delights enjoyed this dish.
It turns out that Maltaise sauce is just Hollandaise with orange zest and it worked beautifully with this tender asparagus and a heaping pile of crispy shallots. I mean, how could it not? Yum.
My husband and I both have this quirk from growing up in places where salmon is both ubiquitous and the freshest in the world: we never bother ordering it because we’ve eaten so much of it in our lives and it will be at best boring and probably disappointing in some way. This salmon was neither boring nor disappointing. It was unbelievably tender, nicely seasoned, and just lovely.
I loved this dessert. It might sound unusual but that black bean chocolate sauce with the starchy sweet plantains and the delicate marshmallow creme made for a unique and really delicious dish. I would eat dessert much more often if more desserts were like this.
There’s no date for the next Red Pickle Pop-Up but I’m told that many more tickets will be available and the details I’m privy to are very exciting. Keep an eye on my page for updates and The Red Pickle for tickets and more information as it’s released. I urge all of my readers to try to attend next time!
I owe sincere thanks to Mario Alfaro Lopez for including me in this event. If you have a food or drink establishment and want the Ellensburg Food Critic to try your stuff, please feel free to get in touch.