For one brief slumming moment, Radius10 restaurant draped its chrome-and-glass sleekness with classic red-and-white-checked tablecloths for a festive launch of chef Jason Brumm's Riverwalk Catering Co.
While Brumm may be known for Radius10's sophisticated and eclectic menu, with items such as lobster-bacon-and-corn pizza and peanut-butter beignets, Riverwalk showcases a more casual side of his culinary personality, with a deliciously schizophrenic menu of “smokin' good Tex-Mex.”
At one end of the grand-opening buffet, there were piles of pulled pork, ribs and beef brisket—representing barbecue styles from North Carolina, Memphis and Texas. At the other end of the table was a south-of-the-border selection of beef fajitas, chicken chili and green-chili enchiladas.
While the fare couldn't be farther from what we've come to associate with Radius10, it matched the freshness and quality of Brumm's flagship restaurant. Meats smoked in house were served with homemade sauces, including a white “Carolina Q” sauce, homemade ketchup, sweet tomato-based “Riverwalk” sauce, jalapeno and chipotle aiolis, and a tangy vinegar-spice blend. Honey-glazed cornbread, jalapeno mac-and-cheese, red cabbage slaw, fresh salsa and guacamole filled the table, which looked like a summertime picnic in the Land of Plenty.
Riverwalk Catering Co. will operate out of Radius10, but Riverwalk's food will not be available on Radius10's menu. Prices per person range from $8.95 for pulled pork to $31.95 for an elaborate crawfish boil.
For information call 815-7949.