Cooking is more than the preparation of food. Cooking is a passion, a celebration of taste, the study of how ingredients come together to ignite the senses. Cooking is the mastery of techniques, the art of integrating the sciences, and a reinvention of cuisine.
Join us to celebrate the ingredients that allow us to create brilliant dishes to delight and inspire. “The Study Of” culinary series features an in-depth exploration of ingredients with the chefs of the Destination Culinary Collection. Each quarter, we’ll unveil a new gastronomic topic for our chefs to examine through cooking demonstrations, educational lectures, innovative recipes or sumptuous tastings.
Explore the featured ingredient below, and dine at our participating restaurants to personally sample our expertise. Bon appetit!
Braising: Keeping it Seasonal
In this segment of the Study Of... series; we opted to focus not on a specific ingredient, but the age old cooking technique of braising. The Study Of Braising is best demonstrated during the fall and winter months as, it evokes feelings of comfort and warmth that mesh with the holiday seasons. It is also a technique that has applications across all culinary disciplines, many food varieties, such as meat, fish and vegetable, as well as types of cuisines.
We hope our braising recipes along with our cooking tips and video with cooking techniques and suggested wine pairings will delight and inspire you to braise in your next culinary adventure. Please join us at any participating Destination Hotels & Resorts restaurant now through December to enjoy our chef's collective yet individual tribute to braising.
Study of Braising Featured Executive Chefs
October - Paul McCabe | Royal Palms Resort.
Recipes: Braised Endive, Braised Beef Short Rib, Braised Country Pork Rib
November - Robert Bradley | Lansdowne Resort.
Recipes: Braised Endive, Tasting of Pork, Virginia Harvest Carrot Cake
December - Shannen Tune | Hotel Derek.
Recipes: Beer Braised Pork Butt Sandwich, Brown Sugar & Chili Rubbed Short Ribs, Maple Braised Collard Greens
Brown Sugar and Chili Rubbed Bone In Short Ribs
2 tablespoons canola oil
4 short ribs with bones, cut 2 inches thick (about 4 pounds)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
4 TBSP brown sugar
2 TBSP ground cayenne pepper
1 TBSP garlic powder
1 TBSP onion powder
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 carrots, sliced
3 celery ribs, sliced
3 garlic cloves, thickly sliced
One 750-milliliter bottle dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
4 thyme sprigs
3 cups chicken stock
3 cups OJ
Beer Braised Pork Butt Sandwich
For the dry rub:
2 tablespoons salt
4 TBSP black pepper
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground mustard seed
12 ounces good local ale or dark beer
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2-pound pork butt
Maple Braised Collard Greens
strips bacon, cut into small lardons
1/8 teaspoon red chili flakes
2 cloves of garlic sliced
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 large bunch of collard greens stemmed and sliced into 1-inch strips
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 TBSP of Maple Syrup
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Chef Shannen Tune is cooking to a different beat these days as the newly appointed Executive Chef of Hotel Derek. Overseeing the hotel’s culinary operation, Chef Tune comes to Houston from Texas’ most recognized boutique hotel, The legendary Driskill Hotel, where he served as Chef de Cuisine for nearly three years. With his culinary experience having taken him across continents, Chef Tune’s refined touches to timeless Texas cuisine will make him feel right at home at the new Hotel Derek, a Destination Hotels & Resorts property.
Most of the fruit for our St Francis Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon comes from hillside vineyards. It's above the fog line, so it has a longer growing season, berries are smaller and the flavors are more concentrated. This insures ripe flavors really shine through. Harmonious with a rich, silky texture, gentle tannins and an elegant structure. It's the best of both worlds, a big rich wine that also pairs well with food. Best paired with the Short Rib dishes, Braised Country Pork Rib and Maple Braised Collard Greens.
Our St Francis Sonoma County Chardonnay is unique because we pick the fruit at night, after mid-night, so it really preserves those beautiful aromas. When you taste it, you'll notice flavors of apple, melon, pear, and a hint of vanilla. This perfectly-balanced Chardonnay of fruit concentration, high acid and oak, creates a complex, creamy and vibrant wine that stands-up to the richness of braised dishes. Best paired with the Tasting of Pork and the Beer Braised Pork Butt Sandwich