Thursday, April 24, 2014
Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier make their second appearance on Top Chef Masters tonight at 10 on Bravo.
One thing you probably won’t hear a lot about on the reality cooking show is their garden.
The chefs recently expanded their Asian garden, where they now grow more than 50 varieties of veggies and herbs that are used in dishes at their Ogunquit restaurants, Arrows and MC Perkins Cove. Enclosed by a bamboo fence, the garden has an authentic Thai spirit house, a Buddha statue, and a yin-and-yang flower bed.
In September, the chefs will be offering, for the first time, a stage program for the public called the “Constant Culinary Gardener.” For $225 per couple, guests can get down in the dirt with the chefs and the restaurants’ resident master gardener and learn about culinary gardening. The price includes:
- a one-hour, hands-on tour of the Arrows garden, during which you’ll get tips and tricks from the experts.
- a lesson in using up all the tomatoes, eggplant, mint and other extra-bountiful produce your garden delivers this summer.
- a multi-course tasting menu.
But wait, there’s more.
You'll also get a copy of the chefs’ latest cookbook, “Maine Classics,” plus a gift set of Maine Classics sauces. You’ll receive the Numb & Hot Sauce, Strange Eggplant Dip (that’s not an editorial comment, that’s the name) and Wild Blueberry Vinaigrette.
This experience is being offered Sept. 5-30, Wednesdays through Sundays only. Reservations are required at least 48 hours in advance, with a two-person minimum.
For reservations, call (207) 361-1100.
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.