Braise the Meat! with Chef Justin West
It is winter in Santa Barbara. It’s cold. There’s only one thing to do in this blustering 52 degree weather; and that is….Make a braise….A tender, warm, melt-in your mouth braise …The fork-tender meat, sauce coating the spoon, the warm aroma enveloping your kitchen…Nothing beats the comfort and flavor of a braise…So now is the time to learn from the best!
Chef Justin West, formerly of Julienne, certainly knows his way around a braise. He will showcase the technique, from start to finish, with a gorgeous beef short ribs sourced through Market Forager.
After tasting the delicious meat and braising liquid, Chef Justin will show you how to transform the braise into a Beef Khao Soi, a wonderfully soulful and flavorful Thai dish served with noodles and vegetables. Guests will enjoy this wonderful dinner, and then take home the leftovers for future meals! ….Paired wine will also be served!
Join us in preparing a wonderfully easy, flavorful meal from scratch. You’ll learn how an epic braise and some vegetables, noodles and a well set broth becomes something so simple but so good!! Learn all the secrets and chef’s tips, so you too, can apply this easy technique to your cooking. Once you learn with one protein, you can apply the same technique to any other meat or vegetables; making company-worthy dishes limited only by your creativity.
Chef Justin is best known as the Chef/Owner of Julienne, a French-Californian inspired restaurant he opened and operated from 2008-2016, which was beloved among many ESB Members. Julienne is also where Chef PA Tremblay chopped the block! Chef Justin was also the Chef/Owner of Wildwood Kitchen and Soul Cal Smokehouse. Not only did Chef Justin receive wide acclaim locally, but he was recognized nationally by the James Beard Foundation when Julienne claimed first place in the James Beard Foundation’s “Taste America Local Dish Challenge”, for his Bouillabaisse; and was even paid a visit (and ‘words of praise’) by Anthony Bourdain, when he visited Santa Barbara in 2009.