It was great to get a chance to sit and have a chat with 24 Grille’s Executive Chef Christian Borden. He is certainly someone that understands flavors and the complexity of simple foods. Though it is enough to visually be pleased with his dishes, it is even more enticing to hear him talk about them.
At this year’s Garden Party, Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Meadow Brook Hall, 24 Grille will be featuring a Pea and Grapefruit Salad. With its components are broken down and left whole, this salad is composed of fresh spring pea shoots, high sweet flavor and acid content coming from a Texas ruby red grapefruit, a smooth mix of fresh avocado, a buttery crunch from roasted macadamia nuts, a touch of earth coming from a balsamic roasted Michigan purple beet, a micro-herb garnish, lightly topped with single vineyard, (cold pressed) extra virgin olive oil that provides a fruit and tropical sense (like a green banana).
24 Grille’s Executive Chef Christian Borden prefers to use Michigan products, and the folks he works with at Del Bene Produce in Eastern Market know it. He recently put this Pea and Grapefruit salad on the summer menu as an entrée salad, offering something light and fresh, with a fruity appeal.
Aside from the Garden Party being a great cause, the fact that Great Lakes Wine and Spirits has always been a supporter of 24 Grille made it an easy choice to sponsor. “Every time there is an opportunity to take part in an event with them,” as Chef Christian explains, “there is no thinking about it – whatever we can do to help…They do everything they can to support you and your business.” Other charity events 24 Grille will be taking part in this year are the Detroit Artist Market Garden Party (Thursday, June 21, 2012)and the Sunset at the Zoo (Friday, June 22, 2012).
24 Grille is located in the Westin Book Cadillac building at 204 Michigan, Detroit MI 48226, telephone 313.964.3821, and is open Monday through Thursday from 11 am until 10 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am until 12 am, and Sunday from 4 pm until 9pm. The bar stays open one hour later each night.