I've written, rewritten, deleted and rewritten the start of this post many times. Should I explain my connection to Iqbal Wahhab, who hosted the lunch in question? Should I explain why I was at his flat to experience the food that's going to feature at his next restaurant venture? Should I talk about the chef, Wyatt Shevloff, who cooked it? Should I talk about all the lovely people that were also in attendance and what brought us all together?
|Bourbon pickled jalapenos...|
|Yeah. Cool napkins.|
|Pickled watermelon rind|
|The "regular"chicken. Even better than it looks. I may have whimpered. Southern ladies ditto.|
|The Truth. Apparently. Or "Gumbo" depending on how you look at it...|
|Straight out of Nashville... fruity, hot and with an annoyingly cool label|
All I'm adding is that, if all goes to plan, The Hickory Pit will be open for business early 2014. And that, frankly, is a very good thing.... The fact that this feature is going to feel like a photo essay? Sorry. But man do you have a treat in store.
|Great pastry, vast quantities of bourbon, slightly caramelised pecans... as filthy as you'd expect, and doubly delicious.|