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Chef in My Garden (feat. BJ Smith of Delores)
August 18, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Often referred to by Growing Garden’s staff as the garden where fairies live, there is so much to explore at the Hilderbrands’. Their garden has an impressive collection of local and international sculptures, fun topiary, winding paths through evergreens and gorgeous shade gardens. In this lovely garden, you will enjoy delicious dishes from Top Chef alum BJ Smith, who has created a fun and playfulness space with a few nods to his late mother, the restaurant’s namesake, Delores. Smith returns to his family as a theme throughout the restaurant’s menu, as well. “My mom really loved luxury ingredients, so a smear of caviar or truffles — it was always a treat to have that kind of stuff in the house.” Smith leans heavily on family staples as the foundations of many dishes on the Delores menu. Smith’s grandmother is Polish, and he spent summers with her making pierogi for family parties. The restaurant’s potato-cheese pierogi are almost identical to those he made with her as a kid, but he added extra oomph with caramelized onions and bacon.