A group of four of us flew in from Chicago to New York City to attend the Push Project Dinner collaboration with Alex Stupek’s Empellon and Hoja Santa with Paco Mendez and Albert Adria.

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Cantina Olives (Hoja Santa) Pickled Vegetables (Hoja Santa) Corn Jicama with Pipicha Oil and Chipotle (Hoja Santa) Crunchy Hoja Santa (Hoja Santa)
Avocado Gazpacho (Hoja Santa)
Avocado Gazpacho (Hoja Santa)
Black Truffle Quesadilla (Hoja Santa)
Black Truffle Quesadilla (Hoja Santa)
Mini Puebla-Style Sandwich with Fried Abalone (Empellon)
Mini Puebla-Style Sandwich with Fried Abalone (Empellon)

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Albert Adria
Albert Adria
Ceviche Recado Negro under a Frozen Pond (Hoja Santa)
Ceviche Recado Negro under a Frozen Pond (Hoja Santa)
Ceviche Recado Negro under a Frozen Pond (Hoja Santa)
Ceviche Recado Negro under a Frozen Pond (Hoja Santa)
Mixed Seafood Cocktail with Spicy Ketchup (Empellon)
Mixed Seafood Cocktail with Spicy Ketchup (Empellon)
Red Onion X-Ni-Pek (Hoja Santa)
Red Onion X-Ni-Pek (Hoja Santa)
Papantla Pipia with Maine Lobster (Hoja Santa)
Papantla Pipia with Maine Lobster (Hoja Santa)
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Pork Ribs in Grandma Flor’s Adobo (Hoja Santa)
Mole with Sweet Potato and Fruit (Empellon)
Mole with Sweet Potato and Fruit (Empellon)
Tres Leches with Kobocha and Pecan Ice (Empellon)
Tres Leches with Kobocha and Pecan Ice (Empellon)
Alex Stupek of Empellon
Alex Stupek of Empellon

There was something quite special about each of these desserts which commanded just as much attention as a tasting meal centerpiece. Alex Stupek really is one talented pastry chef. I would fly in for the afternoon just to try a few more of these.

Corn, Chocolate, Cajeta (Hoja Santa)
Magnificent. Corn, Chocolate, Cajeta (Hoja Santa)

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Paco Mendez of Hoja Santa
Paco Mendez of Hoja Santa

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With Albert Adria
With Albert Adria

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