Tuesday, August 30, 2016

One Last Hurrah for 1620.

I heard the news today, ho-boy, about a classic place that made the grade. And though the news is rather sad, I've been this place before. Nobody is really sure why 1620 has to go...

Or maybe they are.

This morning I received the news of the end, the last dinner to be served at 1620, the high-end restaurant lovingly raised by Chef Evette Brady and Chef Tim Morton over the years. The brief:

From the press release:

Chefs Tim Morton and Evette Brady of the long beloved LR fine dining Restaurant 1620, will be hosting their final farewell dinner at 1620’s building.  Chef Evette Brady has and will forever be a huge part of the culinary scene in Little Rock and all over AR.  Her soufflĂ©’s, fried chicken, steaks and culinary creations are what legends are made of.  Her nephew, Tim Morton worked alongside Evette for most of her 1620 tenure. 

Evette Brady traces her roots to the dawn of fine dining in Little Rock as a kitchen apprentice more than three decades ago at the late and sanctified Jacques and Suzanne. After stints at Le Casse Croute and Alouette's, two other fondly remembered eateries, she signed on as chef and general manager when 1620 was opened in 1990 by Paul Bash. She bought the west Little Rock restaurant in 1997.

Grav and I shared escargot there. I've attended important meetings there. Back in my younger days, a date took me there and embarrassed himself thoroughly, but the food was divine.

I am sad to see it go, but at least there's one more dinner to enjoy. Here are
the details.

A Farewell to 1620
1620 Market Street, LR, AR 72212
September 10th - 6 p.m. until...
$40 per guest
Includes:  Main Buffet, Passed Entrees, Small Plates, Chef’s Station, Stationed    and Passed Desserts (1620 Souffle!)
Liquor/Wine: Cash Bar

Music and entertainment on site for this event as well.  All local ingredients used from Harding Farms here in Little Rock.

Main Buffet to include:
Blackened Shrimp with Creole Remoulade
Smoked Duck Caesar Salad
Grilled Salmon with Sauce Charon
1620 Chicken
Potatoes D'Auphinoise

Passed Entrees include:
Filet Bearnaise
Black Peppercorn Strip Steak w Brandy Brown Sauce
1620 Scallops with mushrooms, jalapenos & hollandaise

Chef’s Station:
Rush Pasta

Please contact Sean Page for more details at 407-694-5507 or at sean_m_page@yahoo.com.

Chefs Morton and Brady will continue on as catering only as the building of 1620/Savoy location has been listed for sale.  You can catch Chef Tim Morton during the weekdays at Cache restaurant for lunch service.


Now, back to writing a book.

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