The Silk Rodeo Dinner Series Highlights Flavors of India With Chef Adam Lambay

By Katlyn Moncada
In Food

Hammer & Hand Imports transported guests to India this Monday night with the pop-up dinner series, The Silk Rodeo. Adam Lambay, executive sous chef at St. Louis Union Station, gave diners a six-course, Indian-inspired meal with drink pairings.

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Each plate came with a drink pairing created by Hiro Asian Kitchen’s Bernie Lee from local spots such as Chaumette Winery and Alpha Brewing Company.

Growing up, Lambay developed his eclectic palate from an early age with his mother being German-Irish and father from Mumbai, India. The dishes of the evening infused French elements of cooking with traditional Indian spices—including the hottest chili pepper in the world. Lambay worked at Chaumette Vineyards & Winery in St. Genevieve, Missouri, for nearly eight years before moving to Union Station in May.

Here is a closer look at the sold-out dinner.

Heirloom tomato salad — local tomato, puffed basmati rice, tamarind vinaigrette, summer greens, spiced cashews

Heirloom tomato salad — local tomato, puffed basmati rice, tamarind vinaigrette, summer greens, spiced cashews

 

Chef Adam Lambay

Chef Adam Lambay

 

Chicken 65 — Indian spiced quick fried chicken with Baetje Farms goat cheese, scallions, cilantro and chili peppers

Chicken 65 — Indian spiced quick fried chicken with Baetje Farms goat cheese, scallions, cilantro and chili peppers

 

Tandoori style roasted crab — ginger and coriander seasoned fresh crab, roasted over hot coals. Served with chutneys, chapatti and a salad of petite lettuces, herbs and sprouts

Tandoori style roasted crab — ginger and coriander seasoned fresh crab, roasted over hot coals. Served with chutneys, chapatti and a salad of petite lettuces, herbs and sprouts

 

Goat cheese cheesecake cake pops, mango custard, banana samosas

Goat cheese cheesecake cake pops, mango custard, banana samosas

Husband and wife owners Amy and Chris Plaisted created the dinner series in May with the hope to fuse Asian-themed dinners with their storefront filled with imported goods from the Far East.

The next pop-up dinner for The Silk Rodeo at at Hammer & Hand will be curated by chef Russ Bodner on Aug. 24. A chef with Dinner Lab, he recently moved back to the city from Birmingham, Alabama. Plaisted said Bodner is still working on the menu, but the plan is to have Asian fusion with a Southern twist, such as a dish of smoked short ribs with kimchi-braised collard greens. Keep up to date with the dinner and ticket sales at hammerandhandimports.com2714 Lafayette Avenue, Lafayette Square, 407.491.0421

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