So I received a soft opening invite from my multi-talented photographer/artist friend Janna Coumoundouros to her and her husbands restaurant venture The Conserva! A new culinary experience in the midst of its start up in Ferndale, Michigan. It was such a wonderfully tasty adventure for me to try out their fares last Saturday October 29. From the non-alcoholic beverage to several of the gourmet meals put together by head chef Matthew Baldridge.
Matt and Janna have been serving up their dinner club pop up experiences through out to Detroit area. To bring culinary delights to those who might not get a chance to have an opportunity to experience fine dining cuisine. Matt providing of course the delicious art and Janna providing the visual delicacies bring on a joyful experience to several senses.
Starting out first with a Nick Silas special non-alcoholic cocktail which I felt was much better than a soft drink that I initially ordered. Nick put together a lemon and lime concoction that was effervescently refreshing. Very light without a sugary after taste which was indeed flavorful. Steve Baldridge, Matt’s brother, set up up with a great seat and view in front of large windows that allowed a view of the area surroundings and offered great light for photographing their dishes.
Onto my first menu choice of Roasted Avocado with soft egg yolk, shallots, gremolata, & croutons. This was so tasty that at the end I cleaned the plate as best I could. My next dish was the Smoked Pork Belly with rum, raisins, garlic, & toasted chic peas. It was so well done and the visual plating made it hard to photograph without starting to salivate. The last dish on this night was the Charred Octopus with garlic, cucumber, sesame oil, & lemon zest. It was so delicious I must admit I could have ordered a few more dishes of this meal all alone.
I do plan on revisiting The Conserva! in order to meet up with Janna to chat some about the art work she has on display. As well I have two other dishes to try out. The Tallegio with cranberries, shallots, balsamic, & focaccia and the Popcorn with duck fat & rosemary. These dishes and cocktails are very reasonably priced for the soft opening. As this event was not open to the general public as to work out the business and cooking side of the restaurant keep your eyes and ears open to hear updates. So if you know Matt or Janna you might want to ask about what they have cooking up in Ferndale soon!
I will update this blog with more information and images of the event soon!
Thanks for the invitation Janna and Matt!!