- Nawlins Cuisine Keto Meetup
Let's go down to Frenchman Street! Carl and his keto friends will be serving up a 'Nawlins-music-infused ketogenic feast of jambalaya, crawfish étouffée, blackened catfish fingers, and cast-iron corn bread, all served with keto Sazerac cocktails and plenty of bourbon for those who partake! Happy hour (4 PM to 5 PM) is when everyone meets and shares a beverage, along with some yummy charcuterie and cheese. At 5 PM, Carl will describe the menu, and do a short cooking demonstration of one of the main dishes, all of which will be served at 6 PM. At 7 PM our remote guest will be Dr. Shawn Baker! At 8 PM the amazing Carrie Brown will again grace us with amazing desserts! After dinner, you are welcome to hang out and continue the great conversations! This is your chance to be introduced to the amazing food, intelligent people, and inspirational experts which/who represent the best of the ketogenic community.
- Morrocan Smoked Lamb Minifest with Nina Teicholz
Ring in the spring with lamb! Carl cooks up an all-day-smoked leg of lamb with Moroccan spices and keto hummus with a fresh Greek salad on side. Happy hour (4 PM to 5 PM) is when everyone meets, shares a beverage (wine, seltzer, diet soda, or water) and some yummy charcuterie and cheese. At 5 PM, Carl will demonstrate how to make the dishes which will be served at 6 PM. The main dish is a leg of lamb generously rubbed wtth Moroccan spices that's been smoking all day - served with a roasted cauliflower and garlic hummus tahini that will blow your mind! The lamb is served with a fresh Greek salad with feta, olives, oregano, and a tangy Greek dressing. Of course, there will be some amazing Mediterranean red wine to accompany this delectable dish. At 6:30 PM we will be honored to have a remote talk with Nina Tiecholz, author of the award winning book, "The Big Fat Surprise." As per usual, the amazing Carrie Brown will again grace us with amazing desserts! After dinner, you are welcome to hang out and continue the great conversations! This is your chance to be introduced to the amazing food, intelligent people, and inspirational experts which/who represent the best of the ketogenic community.
- Keto Minifest at Carl's House! Tapas and Wine!
Tapas is one of Carl's favorite food experiences. A "tapa" (Spanish) is a small plate. "Tapas" means small plates, plural. Come enjoy some extremely flavorful tapas as well as Spanish Rioja wine. Ole! We have TWO special guests that will call in after dinner: cardiologist Dr. Nadir Ali, and the inimitable Dave Feldman! The topic is saturated fats, cholesterol, and heart disease. Happy hour (4 PM to 5 PM) is when everyone meets, shares a beverage (wine, seltzer, diet soda, or water) and some yummy charcuterie and cheese. At 5 PM, Carl will demonstrate how to make the dishes which will be served at 6 PM. The Tapas menu includes deep-fried chorizo chicken skin dumplings, chorizo sausage stuffed inside chicken skins, sealed with meat glue (transglutaminase), and deep fried until golden crispy brown. http://blog.2keto.com/recipe/carls-deep-fried-chicken-skin-chorizo-rolls/ We will also serve albóndigas en salsa or tapas meatballs: http://blog.2keto.com/recipe/albondigas-en-salsa-carls-keto-tapas-meatballs/ Also on the menu are two of Carl's favorites from a local tapas restaurant Dev's: Garlic shrimp (chunks of garlic with shrimp sauteed in butter) and flank steak with Barcelona sauce (sliced and served with a sauce made from blue cheese and brandy). Finally, we will serve Carl's lamb with tomatoes, olives, and garlic. http://blog.2keto.com/recipe/tapas-lamb-with-tomatoes-olives-and-garlic/ At 7 PM, we'll talk to Dr. Nadir Ali and Dave Feldman with plenty of time for Q&A. The amazing Carrie Brown will again grace us with amazing desserts! After dinner, you are welcome to hang out and continue the great conversations!
- Keto Minifest at Carl's House! Sous Vide Chuck Steak and Dr. Eric Westman!
What happens when you seal up chuck roast in a bag with olive oil, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper; cook in a water bath at 135F for 48 hours, and then sear in a cast iron skillet? Magic! The flavor of chuck as tender as filet mignon. Carl served this amazing beef at the VIP party for Ketofest 2017 and 2018. Dr. Eric Westman will make a remote appearance, and Carrie Brown, the new Keto Dudette, will be there in 3D! From 4 to 5 PM is happy hour where everyone meets, shares a beverage (wine, seltzer, diet soda, or water) and some yummy charcuterie and cheese. At 5 PM we'll demonstrate how to make the dishes, which will be served at 6 PM. First of all, there's the sous-vide beef. Carl will demonstrate how to seal food in a Ziploc bag without using a vacuum sealer. http://blog.2keto.com/recipe/sous-vide-chuck-roast-on-the-cheap/ Back by popular demand, it's crispy coleslaw! This was THE hit food at the Ketoky Fried Chicken Minifests. http://blog.2keto.com/recipe/ketoky-fried-chicken-cole-slaw/ We will also serve a side dish that's cheesy with a crispy topping. It's sorta like spinach artichoke dip with added cauliflower. Topped with melted mozz and crumbled Fox Hill Kitchens croutons. At 5:45 PM We have a surprise guest who will call in to say hi! At 7 PM Dr. Eric Westman will check in remotely to talk about Lazy Keto or Dirty Keto—they work and are easier than Complicated Keto! Carrie is busy working on a dessert. After dinner, just hang out and continue the great conversations!
- Winter Keto Meetup
Come beat the Winter blues at RD86 Space on Saturday, December 15th from 4 to 9 PM. There is no agenda except to be together in this amazing keto-friendly restaurant and enjoy each other's company. PLEASE RSVP so we can plan. Lately I've been hosting all-inclusive Keto Minifests and doing all the cooking. This time I'm going to leave the cooking to someone else so I can spend more time talking to my keto friends. There is no fee, so you will be on your own for dinner. We'll put out a free meat and cheese board, and they have a full bar. Chef Robert has some amazing braised meats, steaks, roasted veggies, and oopsie bread with garlic butter. You don't need to bring anything. Just come and enjoy this amazing community, but please DO RSVP so we can plan.
- Keto Minifest at Carl's House! Ketoky Fried Chicken! (now Sat 11/17)
IMPORTANT: this event was originally scheduled for Monday 11/12. Now is Saturday 11/17 Since the first Ketoky Fried Chicken Night, where I recreated the 'chicken in a bucket' experience, was such a hit, I decided to do it again! From 4 to 5 PM is happy hour where everyone meets, shares a beverage (wine, seltzer, diet soda, or water) and artisanal cheeses. At 5 PM I'll demonstrate how to make the dishes, which will be served at 6 PM. First of all, there's the fried chicken, deep fried in beef tallow with a crispy pork rind coating and a special blend of herbs and spices! http://blog.2keto.com/recipe/ketoky-fried-chicken/ The mashed potatoes and gravy will go WAY beyond the bland spud flakes you get at the red-and white box place. It's a mash made from roasted cauliflower and garlic. The gravy is made from chicken bone broth. Plenty of that peppery flavor that you know so well. What would this experience be without a cold crispy coleslaw? I've faithfully matched the flavor profile of the original. This was THE hit food at the last event. It was more popular than the chicken, which was delectable! http://blog.2keto.com/recipe/ketoky-fried-chicken-cole-slaw/ Of course we'll have biscuits, hot and fresh out of the oven. For dessert, Carrie Brown will be serving her amazing keto ice cream. Oh, and did I mention the always awesome Kim Howerton will be there? Besides being the best fried chicken dinner you've ever had, it won't raise your blood sugar. That's right. You can lose weight and reverse diabetes by eating fried chicken!! At 7 PM Carrie will tell her story of how she reversed all of her symptoms of bipolar depression and got off ALL of her medications. After that, just hang out and make some new friends! Some or all of my keto coaching clients will be there, and they are happy to share their experiences.
- Brazilian Steakhouse Experience Keto Minifest
Have you ever been to a churrascaria such as Fogo de Chao or Texas de Brazil? If so, you probably remember what they call "top sirloin." The Brazilian name for this cut of meat is Picanha (pik-KAHN-ya). It is also known as the rump cap. It has a nice layer of fat on the outside. It's skewered, salted, and grilled over intense heat just enough to cook the outside layer. You serve the outside layer cut thin, then re-salt, re-grill, and repeat. Well, I just started cooking this at home, and it's amazing! The meat itself comes from Firefly Farms in North Stonington, CT. Read more at http://www.firefly.farm/meet-the-cattle.html. You can read my recipe at http://blog.2keto.com/recipe/picanha-brazilian-steak We will serve the beef with a caesar salad and oven-roasted Brussel's sprouts with bacon. For dessert, Carl's Keto Whoopie Pies! http://blog.2keto.com/recipe/old-fashioned-whoopie-pies/ The guest speaker is Joan Kierstead Walker, owner at Walker Farm in New Braintree, MA. She will be talking about the importance of healthy clean meats. Schedule: 4PM - Meet and greet (appetizers) 5PM - Cooking demonstration 6PM - Dinner is served 7PM - Talk by Joan Walker 8PM - Socializing More details will arise as we solidify the menu.
- Keto Minifest at Carl's House! Ketoky Fried Chicken!
Ever since I started cooking Keto I've wanted to recreate the 'chicken in a bucket' experience. Kelly and I are opening up our home to the NL Keto Meetup group for this extraordinary event! As we've done for the other Keto Minifests, 4 to 5 pm is happy hour where everyone meets, shares a beverage (wine, low-carb beer, seltzer, or Zevia) and appetizers (something yummy). At 5pm I'll demonstrate how to make the dishes, which will be served at 6pm. First of all, there's the fried chicken, deep fried in lard with a crispy pork rind coating and a special blend of herbs and spices! The mashed potatoes and gravy will go WAY beyond the bland spud flakes you get at the red-and white box place. It's a mash made from roasted cauliflower and garlic. The gravy is made from chicken bone broth. Plenty of that peppery flavor that you know so well. What would this experience be without a cold crispy coleslaw? I've faithfully matched the flavor profile of the original. Of course we'll have biscuits! Finally, there'll be a chocolate parfait for dessert with layers of chocolate mousse, whipped cream, and a buttery nut crumble. At 7pm we'll have live Q&A with guest speaker Amber O'Hearn, who will join us on Skype to talk about her experiences with the carnivore diet. After that, just hang out and make some new friends!
- May Keto Minifest with Carl Franklin at RD86!
This is the second Keto Minifest we've held in New London, home of Ketofest (http://ketofest.com). Last month's Minifest was a blast, an experience second to none! The evening starts with happy hour. Appetizers and drinks are served from four to five. Everyone gets 2 glasses of wine, otherwise it's a cash bar. Mixologist extraordinaire Thor will also demonstrate you how you can make some of his over-the-top keto cocktails at home. We'll have some amazing appetizers. From five to six Carl will be demonstrating how the dishes are prepared. In every case, he'll simplify them so you can cook them at home. Chef Robert is on-hand to demonstrate classic cooking techniques. As mentioned, Thor will demonstrate how to make one of his keto cocktails. Dinner is served at six. As of now, the planned menu is bacon-wrapped lamb chops with an amazing lemon/ garlic/ rosemary/ olive oil sauce, which will (of course) be served as the main dish along with brussels sprouts broiled in olive oil with bacon and bordelaise sauce. A small arugula (rocket) salad will accompany the dish. We want to have a generous basket of cloud bread (oopsie bread) with soft garlic butter on every table. Oh yeah! The dessert we have planned involves home-made ice cream and chocolate sauce. After dinner at around seven, we will be treated to a Q&A session with Dr. Ken Berry, author of Lies My Doctor Told Me. If you've never been to one of these meetups, we're family. Expect to make new life-long friends. Things are happening in New London, and you're part of it!
- Keto Minifest! Dinner and Q&A with Richard Morris and Carl Franklin
This is a very special meetup! Richard Morris (my 2 Keto Dudes podcast co-host) and I will be cooking for YOU at the RD86 space. Richard is going to make his sous-vide salmon with crispy salmon skin and fennel salad. I'm cooking braised short ribs with a roasted cauliflower au gratin and sauteed spinach. For dessert, a keto eclair! Keto libations will also be available. RD86 used to be the Spark Makerspace, and before that it was the El & Gee club. This is where the cooking demonstrations from Ketofest were held last year, and will be held again this year. Now, it's a complete production kitchen and restaurant. For this event we have a very special feature. We're going to have a live remote Q&A session with Dr. Ken Berry!You'll get to ask questions and get answers. Megan Ramos will also grace us with her remote presence! This is a great opportunity for anyone in this group to get some face time with the greater ketogenic community. We will charge $50 at the door. If you bring a check, make it payable to 2KETO, LLC.