– Four-course collaborative dinner to take place at Old Thousand on June 19 –
Chef Adam Brick of Apis Restaurant and Apiary will join Chef James Dumapit in preparing a four-course Havanese pop-up dinner at Old Thousand (1000 East 11th Street #150) on Monday, June 19 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Patrons can expect these chefs to play with the similarities their two cuisines share, like roast pork, garlic, rice, and cumin, delivering an authentic, cross-cultural dining experience.
The pop-up menu will feature starter dishes such as Pastelito di Puerco (roast pork and tofu “cream cheese” with braising greens and fried ginger) and Croquettas (soy-braised chicken thigh with pork fat béchamel, dried mushroom powder, and bean paste with red chili sauce), main plates like Short Rib Boliche (short rib braised with dark soy and stewed onions stuffed with shrimp and glazed with aromatic “mala” pasta) and Arroz con Pollo (chicken braised in xiao – xing aromatic rice milk with saffron and green olive congee with confit tomato), add-ons and Guava (sweet pandan, tofu pastelito) for dessert.
The Havanese concept arose from Chef Brick’s desire to create a pop-up influenced by his love of Chinese food and culture in combination with his own Cuban heritage.
“The idea to do this menu was inspired by my grandparents who were forcefully pushed out of Cuba before the Revolution and immigrated to Miami,” says Chef Adam Brick of Apis Restaurant. “They went from being well-to-do landowners respected in their community to immigrants working 2-3 jobs at a time for minimum wage to support and create a better life for their two children. I want to do everything in my power to support the immigrant population, many of whom work in our industry in an attempt to create better lives for themselves, their families, and this country.”
Throughout the evening, the kitchen will run 25 of each of the specialty Havanese dishes, along with an abbreviated Old Thousand menu including Brisket Fried Rice, Kung Pao Cauliflower, Chongqing Chicken, and more. A portion of the proceeds from the dinner will go to Casa Marianella, an East Austin homeless shelter that places an emphasis on newly arrived immigrants from around the world.
“We’re thrilled to host this Havanese pop-up with our friends at Apis,” says Chef James Dumapit of Old Thousand. “We want to use this dinner as an opportunity to give back, and Casa Marianella, an organization that does so much for the displaced immigrant community, resonates with both restaurants so it was a natural fit.”
The full pop-up menu, along with the prices of each dish, can be found below. Reservations can be made through Old Thousand by calling (737) 222-6637, but walk-ins are also welcome. For more information on the dinner and other happenings at the two restaurants, please visit their websites (https://www.oldthousandatx.com/, http://www.apisrestaurant.com/) and follow them on social media (@oldthousandatx, @apisrestaurant).
Pastelito di Puerco / roast pork and tofu “cream cheese” / braising greens and fried ginger 5
Media Noche Sandwich / sweet bao bun with roast pork, Apis ham, Swiss cheese, and pickles 7
Frituras Bacalao / salted and smoked fish – “malanga” taro and potato fritters in the style of my Abuela / ginger–scallion mojo sauce 6
Croquettas / soy-braised chicken thigh / pork fat béchamel / dried mushroom powder and bean paste – red chili sauce 5
Arroz Morros “fried rice” / shellfish “XO” with confit tomato / lots of ginger roasted shitakes, ginger scallion aromatic oil / smoked pork shoulder and black bean – shitake puree 14
Short Rib Boliche / short rib braised with dark soy and stewed onions / stuffed with shrimp and glazed with aromatic “mala” paste 16
Arroz con Pollo / chicken braised in xiao – xing aromatic rice milk / saffron – green olive congee with confit tomato 14
Ropa Vieja / twice fried flank steak glazed with tomato – cumin and black vinegar sauce / charred turnip cake and grilled gai lan 17
Black Beans and Rice 4
ried Yucca / ginger–scallion tofu mayonnaise 6
Guava – sweet pandan – tofu pastelito 5
About Old Thousands:
Old Thousand is a neighborhood Chinese restaurant on Austin’s east side at 1000 East 11th Street #150. Old Thousand offers an eclectic and inventive mix of flavors, ingredients, and styles with modern interpretations of classic American-Chinese recipes. Old Thousand offers dinner Sunday – Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and happy hour or “lucky time” Monday – Friday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Old Thousand is also available for take out by calling (737) 222-6637. For additional info, follow Old Thousand on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram under @OldThousandATX and visit oldthousandatx.com.
About Apris Restaurant and Apriary:
Apis Restaurant and Apiary is named for and inspired by the ecologically critical honey bee and its bounty. Symbolizing the sustainable cycle of the honey bee, the restaurant’s garden supplies a portion of its produce and helps sustain 20 beehives, which provide honey for the restaurant and local community. Apis’ menu features locally sourced but globally-inspired dishes grounded in classic techniques and featuring ingredients fresh from water, farm, and range—complemented by Apis’ house honey in subtle touches on select dishes and in several cocktails. Since Apis’ opening in February 2015, the restaurant and apiary earned a 9.5/10 from food critic Matthew Odam at Austin American-Statesman, was named “2015 Best New Restaurants” by Austin Monthly, was ranked #9 out of 25 “Best Restaurants in Austin” on Odam’s 2015 Dining Guide, was named “15 Hottest Restaurants in U.S.” by Zagat, was named “10 Hottest Restaurants in Austin” by Zagat, has received OpenTable’s “2015 Diner’s Choice” award, and Chef Adam Brick made Zagat’s 2015 “30 Under 30″ list. www.apisrestaurant.com | @apisrestaurant on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter | 512-436-8918 | 23526 Hwy 71 West, Spicewood, TX 78669.