Room for two more at Redemption porchetta dinner!

Due to last minute (always) things we have two spots open for Saturday, November 21 at 6 pm meet up dinner at Redemption in Asbury Park. The menu is porchetta, fall mushrooms, and roasted brussels sprouts and potatos and the cost is $25pp. Plus ChefMD told me he will be giving us a few special things as well, and you can always order anything else off the menu you like a la carte.

I have to give him the final count by Monday so get in quick and meet a bunch of us HOs (still not sure I like that acronym) for a great time and great food. Post here and then email me at:

I’m still stuck at a fundraiser. I can assure you that my thoughts will be with you guys as my pockets are being gently picked.

Hey Seal I emailed you and replied to your topic on CH but haven’t heard back…am I confirmed for tomorrow with +1?

Sorry Joon - thought I emailed you. Yes, we will see you both tomorrow night. Looking forward to it

Breakfast of champions!


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I can eat them watching Baretta, I do so like green eggs and porchetta!

Was a great night.

It was a good evening Seal & thanks to you for organizing it. Also thanks to Michael who is a gracious host and serves up a mean dinner… Nice to meet everybody!

Ditto, ditto, annnnd ditto!

C’mon peeps, no full review of the night for us travelers?

No shit. Where’s the vicarious enjoyment for their friends? I’ll even take a little “rubbing it in”.

I’m back on the wagon, you ain’t gettin me to rub nuttin.

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I think the pre-T-Day timing is keeping many of us busy, but lest you think we didn’t eat VERY well and have a very good time, I figured I’d (re)start this party.

First off, a huge thank you to Chef MD and our (very own!) bartender Artie for having us in their corner of the world…we were downstairs in the Speakeasy, sitting at a bar for 10 – and we decided 12 would have been too tight, so thanks for those who cancelled at the last minute! The space gave us easy access to the chef and vice-versa, which really added to the fun, as he was able to pop in/out throughout the night.

We already knew that our entree would be porchetta, so we ordered a mess 'o appetizers, and thankfully, we were all of the same mindset and just passed them up and down the bar. We had:
Falafel (VERY VERY good)
General Tso’s Brussels Sprouts
Lamb Taquitos*
Pork Rillettes
Bacon Crack
Bacon Sriracha Cashews
Chorizo-stuffed Dates

*You had me at Lamb Taquitos, Chef. :slight_smile: Those were on my must-try, and I believe I declared that I’d be dropping my arse on a bar stool with an order of those again and soon. DAYUM.

Everything else was delicious and I esp loved the presentation of the rillettes, which were served in a jar with cherry mostarda. If there was one minor disappointment for me, it was the dates; I just didn’t get chorizo flavor or texture or anything in the one that I had.

Chef MD started us off with a Negroni foam and blood orange intermezzo and then presented the halved (okay, quartered–it was HUGE) porchetta before invididual plates were brought out. Portions were enormous and we all got quiet rather quickly…a good sign! The roasted fingerlings and royal king trumpet mushrooms were stunning accompaniments and gave us a way to mop up the brightest of salsa verdes. And a note on those mushrooms–they looked like lobes of foie, partially because of their meatiness, and partially because they’d been scored and seared (in butter AND olive oil, sez the chef)…just wonderful. My leftovers were put to good use the next morning, as you can see from the pictures posted above. I think I was squeezing the box to get all of the sauce out… :slight_smile:

Dessert. Insane. That’s the only way to describe it. There’s a reason it’s called the WTF sundae, and while I have to admit that I never would have ordered it (I’m really not a big sweet eater and it SOUNDED like it would be overly sweet), the balance of flavors and lack of cavity-inducing sweetness made it worth every calorie. Thanks to Seal for insisting we get a few of them! And thanks again to Seal for organizing. I now see why you’re a regular and plan to join you in that effort.

As always, it’s lots of fun putting faces with screen names–hopefully this was the first of many HO gatherings to come in Central NJ!


Wow excellent! Thanks for filling us in Curlz, sorry I missed it!

Ohh, yeah…That’s the stuff.

@CurlzNJ Great report!!

Even though I didn’t find Mike on this thread either, @CurlzNJ s report on our HODown that Mike cooked is the best eulogy I can think of.


Aww…thanks @seal ! I vividly remember that salsa verde (and a whole lot of the rest of the meal, as I revisited it)…good times with no social distancing.


I had such a good time eating the leftovers everyone gave me after this! Porchetta for days