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THIS WEEK: Adam's Apple Salad with House Vinaigrette, Fetch's Famous Roasted Half Lemon Chicken, Macaroni and Cheese from Fetch in New York City.
Located on the Upper East Side of New York City is a bar and grill where you may meet your best friend! Fetch’s mission is to help New York City’s stray dog population by offering Sunday brunch adoption days where potential owners can meet dogs looking for homes while enjoying a down-to-earth environment and quality food from the menu of Chef Adam Powers. The grill features a doggie wall of fame, so if you stop in, bring a framed photo of your dog! But for those of you outside of NYC, here are some of Powers’ specialties, Adam’s Apple Salad with House Vinaigrette, Fetch’s Famous Roasted Half Lemon Chicken, and Macaroni and Cheese, that you can prepare for your own brunch at home.
About the chef: After 20 years in the restaurant business, Fetch New York City chef and owner Adam Powers has created an Upper East Side bar and grill in his image: friendly and down-to-earth with authentic, high-quality food, immaculate service, and a mission to help New York City’s stray dog population. This mission is evident throughout the bar and grill in the shape of hundreds pictures that guests put up of their own dogs, adoption walls, and applications for a new best friend.
Powers, who graduated first in his class from the New York Restaurant School began developing his culinary skills at a young age long before working with Waldy Maloof at The Rainbow Room. Powers started working for his family’s successful catering and event-design company. Long days in the kitchen honing his skills cooking for lavish parties at night clubs such as Studio 54, Xenon, and The Roxy and opening parties for Broadway shows including Evita, and La Cage Aux Follies led to late nights unwinding at New York’s famous all-night diners.
Powers’ approach to cooking is meticulous; while the cuisine at Fetch is more casual, inspired updates of classic American dishes, he uses the same produce and techniques you will find in the best four-star kitchens. Every detail is important; Chef Powers sometimes spends half the day caramelizing onions to perfection.
Adam's Apple Salad with House Vinaigrette, Fetch's Famous Roasted Half Lemon Chicken, and Macaroni and Cheese are served at Fetch for respectively $9, $15, and $13. The salad serves 1, macaroni and cheese serves 4 to 6, and the lemon chicken yields one whole chicken.
1PfalsefalsefalsefalseMacaroni and CheeseBy chef Adam Powers of Fetch in New York City
Serves four to six
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
1. In a large pot melt butter and add flour to make a roux.
2. Stir constantly, cooking for approximately 3 minutes on very low heat.
3. Add milk and cream, whisking constantly.
4. Combine Dijon, Worcestshire, and Tabasco, and add to pot.
5. Cook mixture until it starts to thicken.
6. Remove from heat and add cheese, continuously whisking until cheese is melted, sauce should be thick.
7. Strain through a mesh sieve and combine with macaroni.
8. Place mixture in baking dish and top with crumbled Ritz crackers and breadcrumbs.
9. Place in oven approximately 8 minutes or until golden brown.
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New York, NY 10128
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