Here at CityEats, we wanted to get up close and personal with some of our favorite chefs. Going beyond what’s cooking in their restaurant kitchens, we want to know what’s going on at home – and what could be more intimate than scoping out someone’s refrigerator?
So, in this series, we’ll take a look into the most sacred of spaces of some of the most talked about food people in the city.
This week, Chef Townsend Wentz from McCrossen’s Tavern let us take a peek into his fridge.
So Townsend, tell me about this beastly piece right here. No way this is your home fridge.
It’s actually one of three fridges.
This thing is a monster! And it’s so random. One can of V8 and a single solitary yogurt.
This is breakfast and lunch stuff I’m going to cook: like the kimchee. The rest of the family doesn’t eat kimchee so, I’m in.
The regular house fridge is mostly just random vegetables, a smattering of condiments and lunchmeats. The wine fridge is like a 48 bottle wine fridge and a couple dessert wines and champagne. Usually this one is stocked with more beer. But I’m supposed to be lowering my cholesterol. Doctor’s orders.
What’s your electric bill like?
Ridiculous. It’s like $200 a month: I’m running three fridges all day!
Now that you’ve cut out the beer, what’s your go-to wine?
For me, it changes every week. There are so many awesome wines that come through. But I guess it would have to be my buddy Dan’s wine, Decibel: a sauvignon blanc out of New Zealand. It’s a lot cleaner and crisper than a lot the stuff you see in New Zealand.
So tell me a bit about what you’re doing at McCrossen’s.
When I got there, it was standard bar fare and the sourcing was terrible. I brought the team I used to work with before. And we just put in a little more of a dining menu and apps and tried to get away from the deep-fried bar food as the staple. We still do the wings and still rock great sandwiches, but now we also do foie gras crostinis and escargot week, this week.
We’ll have to keep an eye out for your next monthly dinner event.
Thanks to Chef Wentz for letting CityEats raid your fridge!