Jeff mcinnis and janine booth are running a pop-up in puerto rico

Root & Bone’s famed fried chicken has made the trip down to Puerto Rico.

Chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth have made quite the names for themselves between competing on separate seasons of Bravo’s Top Chef and cooking some of New York City’s best fried chicken. Aralia chicken gizzard The pair also holds the distinction of being on our short list for best-looking culinary couple.


What is the chicken gizzard But that’s neither here nor there. Function of gizzard in chicken The partners behind the Big Apple’s wildly successful, three-year-old Root & Bone took on a new challenge earlier this month, migrating their unique takes on Southern food to the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Hotel & Spa in Puerto Rico (located about 30 miles to the south of the country’s capital of San Juan) for a pop-up restaurant running through April. Chicken gizzard function Chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth at their NYC restaurant, Root & Bone

So just how did the duo manage to take their experiences running a cozy, 45-seat space in a city that loves its comfort food and make it work in a gargantuan 180-seat hotel restaurant in a foreign country? It’s Fantasy Travel Month here at Food Republic, so we caught up with Jeff and Janine to talk colossal shrimp, pork belly bacon and what lies ahead for the gorgeous twosome. Chicken liver and gizzard adobo Sorry, we just couldn’t resist.

Jeff McInnis: Honestly, it all started on the back of a cocktail napkin with a friend of ours who is the general manager of the whole property. Chicken gizzard definition It’s in a resort; it’s a big place within Rio Grande, called Rio Mar.

JM: Yeah, I think that from about the beginning of the year all the way through April is Puerto Rico’s hottest season, when people who want to escape the cold go down. Chicken gizzard uk He saw an opportunity — they have several restaurants and one of them wasn’t as exciting as he wanted it to be.

Janine Booth: No, no. Where is the chicken gizzard located So the challenge was to make it feel like Root & Bone. Chicken gizzard curry recipe Obviously, the space in New York is really small, the tables are all really tightly spaced. Chicken liver and gizzard recipe indian Having this amazing, grand space, we wanted to make it feel cozier.

JB: When we first moved to New York, we did a pop-up over two weekends. Where is the gizzard on a chicken Four total nights, 40 seats each night and we sold out. Where is a chicken gizzard located Then we opened up Root & Bone a couple months later. What part of chicken is gizzard So that was the first time we did a pop-up, and it was a set menu. What is a gizzard chicken It was a really tight kitchen; we were actually working at a bar. Chicken gizzard nutritional value That was in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Is chicken gizzard good for you Shrimp and grits, made with locally caught, giant river shrimp

Are you trying to bring dishes from Root & Bone down to Puerto Rico?

JM: We basically took the whole menu from New York and implemented it — I’d say 75 percent of our menu consists of staples that don’t rotate much. Chicken gizzard masala Then the other things, we’ll switch out. What part of chicken is the gizzard There’s fried chicken we don’t mess with, there’s biscuits we don’t mess with, there’s a meatloaf dish that maybe the set changes here and there but the meatloaf itself doesn’t change. What part is the chicken gizzard Those items are what we would call our staples.

JM: We brought all those, and they’re pretty much the same, except for the shrimp and grits. Chicken gizzard pate When we got [to Puerto Rico], we found some really cool ingredients that we couldn’t not find use for. What is gizzard of chicken We got there, and the resort is inside of a rainforest. Function of chicken gizzard There’s this river that comes through the rainforest that kind of empties out right on the beach of the resort. Chicken gizzard cooking time Right into the ocean, fresh water pours out and it’s freezing cold. Chicken gizzard images So these fishermen are pulling these shrimp out that are literally a foot and a half long with pincers, just beautiful shrimp.

JM: It is still shrimp and grits, but we cook them whole, cut them in half and keep the claws on. What is the function of a chicken gizzard They have claws, so you can eat the claws and it’s like a little baby lobster. Where is the gizzard located on a chicken We use a lot of the same flavors as shrimp and grits, but we had to showcase these guys whole. How to clean a chicken gizzard Seared queso blanco with fresh mango and melon

Have you used any other local ingredients in dishes that aren’t in your NYC restaurant?

JM: Absolutely. Gizzard function in chicken We came up with a really cool queso blanco that was from the islands. What part of the chicken does the gizzard come from We sear this cheese real quick and serve it in a fresh mango and melon salad.

JB: There’s also mofongo, which is like the Puerto Rican national dish. What is the purpose of a chicken gizzard It’s delicious, but we have our own take on it. What does a chicken gizzard look like We do a really amazing pork belly bacon at the restaurant. Adobo chicken liver and gizzard We took that same technique, the same bacon and used that as the mofongo. What part is a chicken gizzard We fold in a lot of crunchy plantain chips, and it just became something really, really unique.

JM: We found some local pigs, too. Chicken gizzard in spanish All the chickens are local.

JM: I don’t know if we can talk too much about it, but there’s definitely some stuff happening. Chicken gizzard nutritional info The resort is interested in doing more.

JB: We’re trying to test it and see how it goes from there. Chicken gizzard aralia plant If it’s really successful, we’ll extend it and do more things.

JM: I don’t think the intention is to keep it as Root & Bone, but to do something.

JB: It’s a lot of people from the South and from New York. What is a chicken gizzards function We definitely hit the people’s heartstrings for sure. What does the gizzard do in a chicken “Oh, this reminds me of what my grandma used to cook for me.”

JB: Not at all. Chicken gizzard dog treats I think there might be one Southern restaurant, but a lot of the restaurants there are based around fish, shrimp and seafood — there are a lot of lobster places where you can go and pick your lobster out of the tank, which is kind of cool.

JB: About a five-minute drive down the street, there’s a series of what they call kioskos. Purpose of chicken gizzard They’re very casual, open-air restaurants and bars. Calories chicken gizzards They usually have pool tables, and it’s super, super casual. Calories in chicken gizzards They have fresh lobster and seafood, and a lot of places serve mofongo.

What’s your travel schedule? How often do you try to get down there?

JB: Jeff goes there a lot more often than I do just because it is a little difficult with our [four-month-old] baby. Health benefits of eating chicken gizzard Jeff’s been there probably four times now and stays for a week or two.

JB: Yeah, it’s water slides and time on the beach. Recipe for pickled chicken gizzards We have a four-year-old also, so we took [both children] last time.

JM: It opened much easier and smoother than ever expected. Chicken gizzards rice and gravy It was an existing location that was only closed for a couple of weeks so we could renovate and do the Root & Bone look. Chicken gizzards pressure cooker So those cooks were just working banquets or whatever and they just came right back so we knew our four cooks. Fried chicken gizzards nutrition It’s dinner-only, so it’s pretty easy. Baked chicken gizzards and hearts recipes We knew our cooks; we were able to train them for a couple of weeks before opening. Fried chicken gizzards calories It was the smoothest, easiest opening I’ve ever done.

JB: I guess the complications come in when you’re updating a space and you’re really doing heavy renovations.

JM: We run a lot of specials; there’s a lot of fresh fish coming in. Calories fried chicken gizzards We don’t have a fish dish on the menu, so there’s a fish special every night.

JM: Yeah, we’ve been doing a lot of press down there, so there’s a little bit of a drive. Chicken gizzard plant care We’re not marketing geniuses for the island. Recipe for deep fried chicken gizzards They have a huge marketing team down there that is doing a phenomenal job. Baked chicken gizzards The restaurant has been really busy and successful so far.

JM: We’re opening another restaurant in Miami. Nutritional value of chicken gizzards We’re opening a really hip, cool seafood house. Chicken gizzards in pressure cooker We try not to say months, but —

JM: We were saying spring, now we’re saying spring-summer-ish. How many calories in fried chicken gizzards But definitely by summer we’re going to have a really hip, cool seafood concept called Stiltsville Fish Bar.

JB: Well we have Sarsaparilla Club, which is American dim sum, Root & Bone here, the Root and Bone pop-up in Puerto Rico and the opening of Stiltsville Fish Bar.

JM: Even after April, we’ll make sure there’s something fun down there.

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