St. George Cocktail Dinner Last Night at The Gladly Featuring Chef Greg Casale
Finally, dessert arrived, a date pudding that Kantak says was inspired by a dish his mother used to make for Christmas. The accompanying mascarpone ice cream played second fiddle to the very nice roasted white chocolate Cognac cream. Casey paired the dish with an "Irish Coffee 2-Ways" made with St. George Single Malt and St. George NOLA coffee liquor cold drip.
Lauren Saria Bernie Kantak's date cake dessert
We asked Casale whether the corporate gig has taken a toll on his creativity, and the chef insists it hasn't. He tells us he's got his hands full working on Peter Piper's "2.0" stores that will be designed to attract customers beyond families with little kids and lots of time to spare. Between his last post with Paradise Bakery and this current one, the chef has been out of the independent dining scene for eight years now.
There's hope, though, for fans of Casale's cuisine. We asked if he'll ever return to owning his own restaurant.
"I'm not ruling it out," Casale says.