Recap: Tour de Bruell (With Slideshow)

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Nine hardcore foodies and fans of chef-restaurateur Zack Bruell’s cuisine got a treat Tuesday night: A four-course progressive dinner in all four of Bruell’s dining rooms, including Table 45, Chinato, Parallax, and L’Albatros. Also along for the (limo) ride was the chef himself, accompanied by event organizer Allison Kolodziej of Falls Communications and yours truly.

Ranging from their mid-twenties to the solidly middle-aged, the diners were among the winners in this year’s Tour de Bruell, an annual contest that rewards frequent guests at the chef’s restaurants. The Tour, which runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, provides several types of prizes. Tonight’s fete rewarded those who were the first to dine at all four restaurants within the specified time frame. In fact, most of the winners completed their tour in less than a month; one got the job done in a week!

The night began at Table 45 with artfully composed plates of sushi, sashimi, and a sashimi-style salad of buttery escolar and whole baby octopus. A dash of ponzu made the flavors shimmer. The nigiri sushi included tuna, hamachi, and nama sake. And four pieces of futomaki were equally out of this world — especially the lora roll, wrapped in colorful soy bean paper and bursting with the contrasting textures and unctuous flavors of shrimp tempura, spicy sauce, mayo, and mango.

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