Mystery Meet at Ten Tables – He Said, She Said

Glenn – What a concept! Combine social media and  networking with  foodies and end up with an event at a restaurant. I know that the success of the Korean taco trucks in L.A. is fueled by Twitter – but this is Boston and Mystery Meet is the new frontier in the internet food scene here. The premise of Mystery Meet is simple – contact foodies through email and Twitter and announce a date for a tasting event. Then, closer to the date, announce the location. People show up and have a great time. And we did. This was the inaugural event hosted by Mystery Meet and was a success.

Katrin –  Alternative dining experiences have intrigued the team since before the launch of our blog, leading to the creation of the Sunday Night Supper Club and participating in underground dinners. Founded by Seth Resler, the Mystery Meet is a fabulous way to meet local foodies and try different restaurants.

Glenn – I had always wanted to eat at Ten Tables but traveling to Jamaica Plain can be daunting. Their second location in Cambridge, in the space vacated by Craigie Street Bistro – now Craigie on Main – is much more accessible for me. After checking out the menu online to get a feel for the chef”s cuisine – and finding it quite appealing – I was looking forward to the Mystery Meet.

Katrin – I first checked out the wine list and thought that it was carefully selected and interesting. Plus the menu looked great.

Glenn – The tasting menu – 4 courses for $40 – was well planned – composed salad, fish course, meat course and dessert – some items chosen from the current menu while others were created especially for the event. For an additional $25, wines could be paired with each course. I thought this to be great value. I would be hard pressed to pick my favorite course – all were freshly and thoughtfully prepared using as may local ingredients as available. I appreciated the visit to our table by the chef, David Punch, to discuss the food and answer our questions, but also to inadvertently receive kudos for such fine food. Also, service, under the direction of Ian Rose, the GM, was outstanding.

Katrin – The salad (Prosciutto Americano with Asparagus, Fava Beans, Shaved Pecorino, Walnuts
& Black Truffle Vinaigrette) was a perfect starter. Those of us who opted for the wine pairing had the choice of three white wines.  The second course was the fish course. Some at our table had cod over cherry tomatoes and cucumber gazpacho; others got the bluefish with sugar snaps, yellow Indian woman beans and spicy chorizo sauce.  The accompanying wine was the Jean Luc Colombo Rose. I’m not a big fan of bluefish, but it was well done with a savory and crispy top. The next course was a stand out:  Berkshire pork over freshly-shucked corn with chipotle butter. And finally, the dessert.  Again some of us had the rich chocolate terrine with sea salt and Thai basil ice cream and others Greek yogurt panna cotta with strawberries and saba. (Foodie quiz of the day – “What is saba?”)

Glenn – I really enjoyed the wines we were served. Also, I thought it quite hospitable to offer several choices for each course rather than just being given a pour. The Colombard and Ugni Blanc blend from Gascony was the perfect summer white – aromatic, lemony and crisp. Since I’m a fan of Crus Beaujolais, I was pleased to be offered a Moulin a Vent. And, as a former pastry chef, the selection of dessert wines was varied and gratifying – a late harvest Zinfandel, a Banyuls and Vin Doux Naturel of Petit Manseng.

Katrin – Super idea, Seth!  Great execution, Ten Tables!  Thanks for a fun evening!


4 Responses to “Mystery Meet at Ten Tables – He Said, She Said”

  1. July 16, 2010 at 2:57 am #

    I'm so glad you made it out! Thanks for coming! Hope to see you next month!


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