Mark Hix was flown in from London to prepare a very special dinner for a small group at the new Stephen Webster boutique in Beverly Hills. The dinner was held in the "No Regrets Lounge," upstairs in the boutique off Rodeo Dr. The lounge, which hosts rotating exhibits, currently features "Swinging Sixties" by photographer Duffy. The host's were non other than Stephen Webster, Mark Hix, and Duffy's son.
I didn't really know what to expect going into this event, but it was one of the most incredible evenings I've had in a long time. It was my first time in the boutique, which used to house Garrard. It's was hard to make it upstairs as I was taken aback by the exquisite colors of the stones in the cases.
We made our way up the staircase to the No Regrets Lounge and were given a Hix Fix. One of Chef Hix's signature cocktails from London, champagne with brandy and cherries. It was a great beginning to the night. We were in a room surrounded by incredible art - all the work of Duffy. It was his series on Bowie - one of Stephen's musical heroes and someone who has influenced Stephen's work. Many of the originals on show are unseen pictures - the show will run for six weeks.
After admiring the art and sipping on cocktails we were seated and briefed on the evening. Stephen introduced Chris Duffy and the Mark Hix who talked about his inspiration for the meal.
Chef Mark went to the local farmer's markets and got an excellent array of vegetables and meats. The meal was all share plates in the center of the table, which encouraged getting to know your fellow diners. Appetizers consisted of asparagus, fava bean hummus, and an assortment of flat breads. The asparagus was my favorite. They were perfectly tender, so flavorful and came with a great dipping sauce.
Entrees were roasted potatoes and an incredible assortment of meats, all of which were perfectly prepared. There was veal loin, rack of lamb, beef and pork ribs.
The food was all so wonderful. Fresh mustard's were served as an accompaniment to the meats. We finished off round one, and out came more platters of meat! The most amazing part about this meal - there is no kitchen in Stephen Webster. All the prep work had to be done ahead of time and they did what they could with the space they had.
Dessert was a lemon cheesecake with a blueberry sauce and fresh blueberries. A great ending to a wonderful meal! And Stephen was obviously quite pleased with Chef Mark!
We were pleased as well!
Stephen Webster 2 Rodeo Dr. (310) 246-9500