I recently had the pleasure of visiting the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, KY. Oh what a trip this was! The excitement for me started when I read: “Behold stainless steel appliances on beautiful, museum-like display. Feel the quality and flawless craftsmanship of professional cooking tools. Listen to the gentle simmer of the sauces on low flame. Breathe in the enticing aromas. Then, remind yourself to keep breathing as you savor the glorious results. It’s all part of the Monogram experience and it’s yours to discover and enjoy.” Pinch me, that is a dream come true!
This trip was all that and so much more. To say that it was all about the GE appliances would be unfair. The GE Monogram Experience was about the people behind the brand and their love for heritage….something so near and dear to my mission. I not only fell in love with the company but have a whole new appreciation for what they do, who they are, what they stand for and their vision for the future.
Upon arrival, I was greeted by an R&R Limousine Representative. As soon as you stepped foot outside the airport, you knew, you were in Bourbon Country. I swear you could smell it in the air! During my 10 minute ride to The Brown Hotel, I was entertained by the lovely Ben. His love for Louisville and it’s history was evident as he shared story upon story with me. He ensured me I was staying at one of the most glamorous hotels in Louisville.
When we arrived at The Brown Hotel, I was immediately taken in by it’s beauty. Who doesn’t love a grand hotel? One that has evolved over time. The Brown Hotel was absolutely spectacular and the attention to detail was evident everywhere you turned.
That evening we met in the lobby and this was one of my favorite moments. The excitement of meeting everyone we would be spending the next 3 days with was evident. With some, it actually felt like a reunion. Finally meeting Cynthia from The Daily Basics, Molly and Caitlin from Cooking with Caitlin and Heather from Farm Girl Gourmet was one of the highlights of my trip. Through our passion for food, we have become social media friends. It was so wonderful to finally meet in person. That for me would have been enough! But there was so much more…
We headed downstairs to the kitchen of Chef Laurant Geroli, Executive Chef of The Brown Hotel. What a delectable experience this evening turned out to be. As Chef described every ingredient used in his recipes you felt his love and passion for cooking. His philosophy on simple, clean and beautiful cuisine, is exactly how I like to cook. Watching him cook was an absolute pleasure.
This was also a great opportunity to mingle, meet new friends and get to know everyone Around the Family Table. I loved hearing about everyone’s backgrounds, how they started out and what inspired their paths and love for food.
Our menu was spectacular. Course after course, we oohed and aahed at the preparation, the flavor and attention to detail. My absolute favorite, the one I haven’t stopped thinking about, was a Sauteed Scallops with Foie Gras Appetizer. Out of this world good and so simple to make!
The Brown Hotel Sauteed Scallops and Seared Foie Gras
- 6 U-8 Scallops – Fresh
- Salt and Pepper TT
- 1 Tbsp Grape Seed Oil
- Season the top of the scallop with Salt and Pepper
- Heat a non-stick saute pan
- Pan sear scallops with grape seed oil
- Place in the oven for 4 minutes at 425 degrees F
- Place the scallops on a paper towel to remove any moisture they may have. You can let them sit over night on the paper or for a few hours. This helps to caramelize them.
- 6 ~ 1.5 oz. Portions Foie Gras
- Seasoned Flour
- Get a non-stick pan hot over a burner
- Have the Foie Gras portioned. Keep them in the cooler as long as possible
- Just before you are ready to serve them, dredge them in the seasoned flour and place in a pan. (You do not need oil in the pan as the Foie Gras will release its own
- Pan sear and flip to the other side
- Sear a few seconds longer and remove from pan. Should be golden brown on the outside.