Monday, February 6, 2012

New Pastries, Artisan Bread & Free Cheese!

Spotlight on Pastry Chef Mary Catherine Curren, Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden and Antonelli’s Cheese Shop

If you have attended one of our beer or wine pairing events, then you are already familiar with the talent that is Mary Catherine Curren. Our new pastry chef attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York, where she met her husband (our own Chef Drew Curren) and worked at a handful of top restaurants before returning here to her hometown. While a slice of pie is synonymous with diner food, Mary Catherine takes the concept and elevates it. Current offerings (which will change seasonally) include a chevré cheesecake topped with cranberry compote, a double crust apple pie and a dense brownie made with local pecans and both 64% and 100% chocolate. Look for Mary Catherine (and her pastries) to take an even bigger role at Arro, our casual French spot opening on Burnet Road later in the year.

Speaking of new ventures, we hope you’ll check out Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden, located at 709 East Sixth Street. Chef Drew offers up a selection of housemade sausages and house-cured meats, while 24’s sommelier Billy Caruso rules the libations menu, which features more than 30 craft beers on tap and a smattering of bombers. New to the team is artisan baker David Norman, whose fine breads will soon be making an appearance here at the diner. At the bake shop, you’ll find laminated pastries such as pain au chocolat, turnovers and croissants, as well as baguettes, loaves and even authentic German pretzels.

In honor of their second anniversary, Antonelli’s Cheese Shop will be delivering free cheese plates to 24 Diner on Tuesday, February 7, at 5 pm. Quantities are limited, so get there early! Also, if you purchase a cheese plate in the coming days and save the receipt, you can save 5% at their Hyde Park shop from February 11 to 18—up to 15% if you save three receipts.

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