July 4th-Grill-o-Rama, Brooklyn

Chuck Yuen, friend, extraordinary painter and host to the stars, threw an impromptu Independence Day grill party.  Something about men and grills……sourcing inspiration from Mark Bittman’s 101 list and a CSA share, Chuck seemed to grill anything that wasn’t bolted down in his groovy Brooklyn pad.  He has the coveted artist space, two floors, balcony and patio complete with a turtle pond to house his 15 year old tortoise friends.   A Hawaii native, Chuck held court in the grill pit with a picnic table of mise en place and sauces.  On the menu, grilled beets with feta, grilled tomatoes with mozzarella, oregano and olive oil, grilled eggplant with Thai peanut sauce, teriyaki chicken, shrimp, brussel sprouts and grilled peaches and plums with yogurt and honey. Oh, and I forgot to mention the corn grilled in the husk served with coconut milk and cilantro dressing and kolorabi with dry spice rub and zucchini grilled with a yogurt lemon dill sauce, tandoori style.

We washed it all down with a variety of beer, rose and white wine.  The bold fruit and spicy notes of the Tavel rose worked especially well.  Who needs fireworks when you have a prolific, jovial, weber wizard!

………………a most enjoyable 4th!