by Ian McNulty
Coquette launches a new series of private dinners later this month with an unconventional but highly appetizing combination: fried chicken and Champagne.
This is an upgrade from a fried chicken and beer dinner chef/owner Michael Stoltzfus hosted at Coquette last year, and it will feature not just fried chicken but also a smoked fried chicken the chef has been working on.
“We have this huge smoker for our Hogs for the Cause team and we’ve been putting it to more use,” he says, referring to the March cook-off and benefit.
This first dinner is scheduled for June 25, and the series will continue on the last Tuesday of each month. Coming up, Stoltzfus says the July dinner will be a boucherie, with his staff preparing a whole pig in many different ways. He says future editions may feature guest chefs from other restaurants and perhaps from other cities.
This month’s fried chicken and Champagne dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. with punch and hors d'oeuvres before moving on to the main event — the two versions of fried chicken, a variety of Champagnes and Southern-style sides. Pastry chef Zak Miller will build a display of Southern-inspired desserts, paired with a Champagne cocktail. Service and seating are both family style. Tickets for the all-inclusive dinner cost $80, and must be purchased in advance through the restaurant.
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