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Are you ready, Game of Thrones fans? The insanely popular HBO series starts its seventh and final season, consisting of 13 episodes, on Sunday, July 16. Chef David Santos of New York’s Um Segredo Supper Club is all psyched up about the television show that netted an average of 23 million American viewers last season. To celebrate the Games of Thrones season premiere, the Per Se and Bouley kitchen veteran is hosting Game of Thrones-themed dinners with a menu inspired by the show’s characters and their relationships. The pièce de résistance? A “dragon egg” dish made with emu eggs.
Chef Santos shared the sparks for each menu item of the Game of Thrones dinners with Crave. Details on how to get in on these events follow.
Jon Snow & Sir Davos
Fire kissed tuna carpaccio, onions, jalapeño ice.
“I wanted to play on the thought of Jon being of ice and fire. That’s where the torched tuna comes in along with the fiery jalapeño ice. Sir Davos’ banner flies the onion and he’s also known as the onion knight. Their relationship together will be hugely important in convincing the mother of dragons to help!”
Arya & Gendry
“There is a lot of speculation about what’s gonna happen with these two and when. The one thing we know for sure is that they are currently both laying low and acting very humbly. To represent this, we have the potato. I chose heirlooms because I was inspired by Arya’s ability to change faces just like the potato comes in different colors but is still a potato. I took the idea of Gendry’s forging ability and am using a “sword” called needle (Arya’s sword) to skewer the potatoes. And finally to represent the very real royal blood that courses through them, we have a royal ingredient in the truffle that pairs so well with the humble ones.”
Tyrion & the Dragon
Fire-consumed Santos family sausage with rice grits and eggs.
“This season there are rumors that Tyrion gets a dragon to lead the army against his brother Jaime. We will see if this is true or not. We are bringing this old school by tableside cooking my family sausage and serving it over rice grits — made from a product that was a throw-away, like Tyrion, but kept around because of who it was more than what it was. And then we are gonna drop an egg on there because, well, eggs are delicious and we have to have a dragon egg of some sort in here!”
Cersei & Euron
Black chicken and smoked eel dumpling soup.
“This could get interesting between these two. I’m super curious how this relationship from necessity will pan out. More than likely a disaster! For the dish, I am taking a Silkie chicken, which is probably the coolest, most beautiful chicken in the world on the outside but when the feathers are removed its skin is as black as Cersei’s heart! What better way to make this surf and turf connection than with the snake of the sea, the eel to represented that snake Euron! A deadly, delicious combination.”
Theon & Yara
Sea salt and vinegar fish and chips with ale stewed tomatoes.
“Will these two survive all this? The trailers have them practically burning alive on their ships so we shall see. What we do know is this brother and sister love each other and work well together. So what works well together? Salt and vinegar! And what from the ocean is delicious with salt and vinegar? Fish and chips, of course! So we have two delicious combinations paired together. But pirates love their ale, so I figured some ale tomatoes would be a fun addition, as well as the vinegar — a Santos made rum vinegar!”
Sansa & Little Finger
Finger of duck consumed by red (red rice, cherry sauce).
“I fish in Central Park and I watch just about everything going on there. Last year a very odd looking duck showed up. Unlike all the other ducks we see in parks, he was more like an Indian runner duck [a breed that runs rather than waddles]. I thought, boy, that outcast is gonna have a hard time. Fast forward a year later and that duck now leads the pack at the Harlem Meer! He reminds me of Little Finger who I severely underestimated and has come a long way. Now, I’m not sure if that duck is as evil as Little Finger but either way I was impressed. That and Little Finger basically being in charge of Sky Castle, I thought something that flew was perfect! However he has his weakness and that seems to be Sansa who I believe is playing Little Finger like a violin. I represent her and her red hair by everything red consuming him until his end. Yeah, he def dies I think!”
Daenerys & Jaime
Burnt banana blondie, vanilla bacon snow, torched rosemary.
“Lastly, like you thought I would forget about my Mother of Dragons! These two have what I call an opposing relationship. But somehow I think they are gonna help each other by the end. There is the whole queen slayer theory out there! Burnt banana to represent her and her ability to get burned and still be awesome, the blondie to represent them both as their hair would dictate, the vanilla and bacon to represent the opposition that at first glance may be bad but in the end is great. Snow because after all winter is here!”
Chef Santos’ Game of Thrones dinners take place on July 14 at 8 p.m., July 15 at 9 p.m. and July 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. Dinners are served at 31 Carmine Street and cost $125 per person, which includes food, tax, gratuity, and fees. These events are BYOB and only six guests can be accommodated at each dinner. Reserve your spot through the events calendar tab on Chef Santos’ website.