There’s always something going on at Wakeman Town Farm.
Last night, for example, Tim’s Kitchen was the site of an intimate chefs’ dinner.
Brian Lewis — chef/owner of the wildly popular Cottage and OKO — hosted the event, as part of a sold-out series.
What the guests didn’t know is that one of the dishes on the menu — English pea sachetti with robiola cheese, lemon brown butter and sage crumbs — was the same one Lewis had cooked when he taped “Beat Bobby Flay.”
Brian Lewis, cooking last night at Wakeman Town Farm …
And the episode aired that very night.
So as guests enjoyed their great meal, the rest of America was watching Chef Lewis go head to head with Bobby Flay.
Dessert included viewing the competition on TV.
The icing on the cake: Lewis won!
… and on TV.
“06880” is pleased to pass on this very tasty tidbit.
(Hat tip: Christy Colasurdo)
Dinner at OKO (Photo/Dan Woog)
The old Vigilant Firehouse on Wilton Road is the new OKO Restaurant. It opens Thursday (April 19). (Photo/Dan Woog)
The ‘Port restaurant, and National Hall
Vigilant Firehouse, soon to be Oko restaurant
West bank of the Saugatuck River (Photos/Dave Dellinger)
First it was a fire station.
Then it was De Rosa’s Brick Oven Pizza. Eventually the tall, slender building on Wilton Road became Neat: a coffee shop by day, wine bar at night.
Now the former Vigilant Firehouse — tucked between Bartaco and The ‘Port — will become OKO.
Chef Brian Lewis
The Japanese restaurant has great promise. It’s the latest project for chef Brian Lewis, who draws raves for his innovative cuisine at The Cottage in Colonial Green.
Lewis has studied Japanese cooking techniques for many years. He’s layered Japanese influences into his cooking. But when he introduced the Okonomiyaki — a savory Japanese pancake filled with seasonally inspired ingredients — to the Cottage menu, he realized he was on to something special.
Guests loved the dish — “Japanese street food with some rarefied touches,” he calls the immediately popular dish.
But it’s not easy to say “Okonomiyaki” (unless you’re from Japan). So, in a non-tongue-twisting tribute, Lewis is calling his new venture OKO.
Lewis will of course include local ingredients on the OKO menu. An opening date has not yet been announced.
But the sign went up this afternoon.