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THE GASTRO GARAGE
'MAD MAX' ROOFTOP DINNER THEATER

So, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, I saw 'Thunderdome' come to the W Hollywood rooftop as the Gastro Garage crew, known for cooking by blowtorch, set up shop with its latest culinary experience Torched. The 'gastro mechanics' have been inviting daring foodies to come get their tank torched.

With outdoor dining being the only game in town, prior to another lockdown befalling us, this was the time to take in a little rooftop Mad Max dinner theater as guests enjoyed this experimental pop-up dining concept serving a slew of flamed dishes, including savory brioche donuts filled with nitrous foam, torched toppings, and finishing oils cooked by blowtorch and assembled on site by the friendly aforementioned gastro mechanics.

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Due to new COVID-19 guidelines, The Gastro Garage dinner series will be postponed until January (COVID guidelines permitting). Those who already purchased tickets will be able to use them towards a future date of their choice.

“Stay safe and healthy and we look forward to torching your tanks in 2021!” the powers that be have stated.

Offering a one-of-a-kind, blowtorch-powered pop-up dinner featuring an eight-course progressive-style dinner, at Torched, guests were greeted by the gastro mechanics, clad in wielding masks, who guided diners through the process, all while wielding giant blow torches with flames flying high to create their savory donut sliders "gastro tanks," skewers, and sides.

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The Torched multi-course experience consisted of a welcome margarita; Buffalo Blue Chips; a shot of booze; Cubano Gastro Tank (gruyere foam, torched 12-hour slow roasted pork, Applewood smoked ham, mustard caviar, dill plank); Piston Pizza Gastro Tank (mozzarella foam, torched shredded mozzarella, tomato basil puree, fresh basil); Maple Glazed Carrot Pops; Japanese Marinated Short Rib Drill Bit; Naked Salmon Drill Bit on a skewer; Princess Buttercup Gastro Tank (double chocolate foam, torched sweet peanut puree, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, Nutter Butter powder); and Fireberry Gastro Tank (sweet cream cheese foam, torched balsamic strawberries, fresh cracked pepper). For anyone that required vegetarian or gluten free options, accommodations could be made with advance notice.

As seen on the Bravo and Travel Channel, The Gastro Garage, an L.A.-based catering company that deconstructs classic sandwiches and dishes and reconstructs them into signature gastro tanks, created the ultimate action station using blow torches and molecular gastronomy to create savory donut sliders, skewers, and sides.

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The Gastro Garage "Torched" production was scheduled to run through December 12 but those dates have now been rescheduled with dinners being offered Friday and Saturday nights from January 22 through Valentine’s Day. Dinner is offered at 7:30pm and 8:45pm. Tickets are $100 per person and available at Eventbrite. Reservations are mandatory.

The Gastro Garage’s Torched experience is scheduled to run Friday and Saturday nights from January 22 to Valentine’s Day with dinners at 7:30pm and 8:45pm at the W Hollywood, located at 6250 Hollywood Boulevard.

Photography Courtesy Of: Gastro Garage

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