Tuesday, July 12, 2011

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Fête Accompli | T Magazine Toasts Edible Selby

By Jane Herman




Last night at Isa, the new built-by-hand Williamsburg, Brooklyn, restaurant owned by Taavo Somer of Freemans Sporting Club fame, a “feast of friends,” as Somer called it, gathered to celebrate the photographer and T Magazine contributor Todd Selby. In the kitchen, some of Selby’s most beloved chef-subjects — Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson of Tartine in San Francisco, Martin Berg of Mathias Dahlgren in Stockholm, Russell Moore of Camino restaurant in Oakland, CA, and Ignacio Mattos, who will cook at Isa when its doors open later this month — collaborated on a diverse menu of stunning appetizer-size dishes. Guests enjoyed flatbreads lathered with whipped pork lardo, ricotta baked in fig leaves and dressed with an herby cucumber-garlic sauce, toasted king trumpet mushrooms, pork belly served with roasted beets and watercress, and special Mast Brothers chocolate bars wrapped in quirky, Selby-made paper. Aspiring to make Isa, which means “father” in Estonian, a “melting pot of different foods and cultures,” Mattos couldn’t have picked a more fitting christening for his kitchen. Cheers!