Last night, at Euclid Hall's first anniversary party, executive chef Jorel Pierce wagged a fierce mustache, strutted around in a black tuxedo T-shirt, deftly broke down and butchered a beautiful 230-pound hog from Tender Belly Farm, squeezed out sausages, pulled out the dance moves, came through on his promise to dish out killer food, including duck-gizzard and duck confit nachos with foie gras chile nacho cheese, and then, after all that, managed to lose out to a flipping goldfish, tossing the wiggly-jiggly aggressor in his mouth and getting it halfway down his throat (with the help of a swig of beer), only to spit it back out again. Blame it on the beer, joked Pierce, who had lost the goldfish race (barely) to yours truly.
It was a bash to remember, but for those of you who missed it, you can live vicariously through our photo voyage. Herewith, the night in pictures.
Sausage balloons (naturally)!
Pigs in a blanket.
Fried catfish pooled in a sweet chile glaze.
Oysters on the half shell.
Chicken and waffles.
Duck-gizzard and duck confit nachos with foie gras chile nacho cheese.
Samplings of Euclid Hall's hand-cranked sausages.
The whole hog from Tender Belly Farm.
Off with his head!
Pierce did not have the winning goldfish.
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!
And, as a result of having the losing goldfish, Pierce had to eat it, which didn't go quite as planned. Moments later, it lunged from his throat and swam away.