Dai Due: Boggy Creek Spring Dinner

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By now, most of you should know Chef Jesse Griffiths of Dai Due Supper Club fame. He’s been featured in local, regional, and national food magazines, and, naturally, I’ve done a few posts featuring the Supper Club myself. He is one of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet and his philosophy is brain-dead simple: source locally.

Jesse and the Almaco Jack

Even with all the attention and good fortune (his family recently went a healthy+1) that has come his way, he remains as down-to-earth as ever and will take time out to chat with you while he works at preparing dinner. He still accepts my gifts of homemade vinegar with the same gracious enthusiasm he did years ago when few knew of him and his gypsy restaurant adventures.

Intimate dinner for 70+

This Sunday afternoon gathering at Austin’s Boggy Creek Farm was something really special though, at least it seemed so for me. Sure the weather was nearly perfect, the wine was excellent and abundant, and the company of 70 (or more) people was fantastic.  But there was something more…

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Dai Due: Winter Harvest Dinner at FINO!

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Austin’s now famous gypsy restaurateur, Jesse Griffiths, of Dai Due Supper Club Fame, has come a long way since the early days of dinners with 20 or so attendees.  He’s got his own butcher shop, a stall a assorted Farmers’ Markets, teaches sold-out classes in butchery, and to top all of that off, he has recently become a father. Still, he manages to pull off the Supper Club dinners for at many as 80 or more people.  Such was the case at the Annual Winter Dinner at FINO!

Emmett Fox, FINO
Emmett Fox, FINO’s founder and man about town, is all smiles at the Annual Dai Due Winter Dinner. He loves a packed house even if the customers aren’t his.

One of the coolest things about Austin’s food scene is that events like these can even occur.  FINO (and other restaurants) open their doors to Gypsy Jesse and his Locavores and allow them to take over the place.

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Choucroute Garnie: Dai Due at FINO

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If you are a regular reader of the Alcoholian, you’ve seen my many ramblings about the Dai Due (pronounced: die do-ay) Supper Club. Jesse Griffiths and Tamara Mayfield, the founders of Dai Due, are the personification of the term locavore. I have profound respect and admiration for the work they do. Changing the way people think about their food and where it comes from is no easy task, yet Jesse and Tamara are shining examples of what a couple of folks can do if they put their minds to it.

And so it came to pass that one week ago, on December 20, 2009, I ate like a little piggy at the Dai Due gathering hosted by Emmett and Lisa Fox at their top-rated restaurant, FINO.

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Dai Due: Meat Emergency!

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As many of you already know, I’m a big fan of Jesse Griffiths and his all-Texas product Dai Due Supper Club concept.  Well now Jesse has a butcher shop, too.

This is an emergency in that I just noticed that the Butcher Shop will be closed for the period beginning July 23 and ending August 20:

The Butcher Shop will be closed from July 23rd until August 20th, when the next menu will be sent out for pickup on August 26th. We will continue with our weekly offerings after that, with Fall just around the corner. Our Supper Club will resume in late August, and we’re looking forward very much to this next season; eating outdoors starting in mid-October, our DIY Venison Workshop (just in time for deer season) and our Whole Hog classes, which will begin in November.

So hurry up and order!

Duck Boudin with Tasso Ham, Venison & Wild Boar Sausage, and Chaurice
Clockwise from upper left: Duck Boudin with Tasso Ham, Wild Game Sausage (Venison, Wild Boar, Juniper, Sage, & Red Wine), Brats, Chaurice (Pork with Onions, Hot Pepper, and Allspice), and more Brats

Not being known for moderation, I put all of these on the grill at once (except the Boudin, it got poached).  All were rich and tasty, so its difficult to decide which was my favorite.

These are the types of foods you just can’t get anywhere else, so drop Jesse a line at info@daidueaustin.com.  It goes fast!

If you haven’t read any of my posts on Jesse and Dai Due, you may wish to take a take a look here.

Dai Due Supper Club

The Dai Due Supper Club, pronounced die do-aay, is the brilliant offspring of Jesse Griffiths and Tamara Mayfield and their a desperate desire to serve locally produced fare. In their own words:

At Dai Due we are connecting Austinites with local farmers in an effort to eliminate the harmful elements of a food system gone awry. By illuminating responsible agricultural methods and exposing diners to local food resources, Dai Due is cultivating a more conscientious food culture in Central Texas.

Tamara and Jesse Jesse Griffiths has worked in restaurants since the age of 17, but experienced a new relationship with food upon his first trip to Italy in his early twenties. The European concept of “terrior,” or “sense of place”, intrigued him in that meals are based around locally grown, seasonably available ingredients, placing an emphasis on upon the communal aspect of cooking and eating.When he is not catching and eating fish or working in the garden, Jesse hunts for new sources of cheeses, vegetables, meats and fruit from individuals around Austin.Tamara Mayfield discovered a

love for farming while working on organic farms in Hawaii, Japan, and Austin. Her innate ability to sprout vegetable seeds led to her full-time employment as a farmer, where she met Jesse while delivering produce to Vespaio, where he worked.Tamara now owns her own Green housecleaning business and functions as the other half of Dai Due. In her spare moments, Tamara tends to the chickens and battles wild Bermuda grass.

These two put on a great show, usually accompanied by some good local musical talent. I have been to three events–Whole Hog (pork), Boggy Creek (seafood), and Dragonfly House (seafood)–and haven’t been disappointed.

I highly recommend checking them out if you can get a seat; they sell out quickly.