Three James Dinner with James Bloomfield of Alliance & Two James

Jan 30th

A Three James Dinner
James Bloomfield
Alliance, Traverse City
with cocktail pairings
and bar takeover by
Two James Spirits

This late January frame residency is a collaboration of all things…James.
Hooking up with Chef James Bloomfield of Traverse City’s Alliance for his second round at frame championing a winter vegetable-forward menu…
And partnering with Corktown’s Two James Spirits (the first licensed distillery in Detroit since Prohibition) taking over frame’s marble bar with a stand-out cocktail pairing of their small-batch grain spirits.

Three James creating an evening marrying hyper-localism with true heart and soul:
Kohlrabi (Som Tum) Thai Style Salad paired with Two James Old Cockney Gin, Lettuce Wraps with Kimchi, Gojuchang and Braised Pork,  paired with Dos James Mezcal and Parsnip Panna Cotta paired with Two James Catcher’s Rye.

Get yourselves booked in before the James’ disappear back into the depths of their own homes.
We’re grateful to have them together in our house; if only for one night.


{  first course  }
Kohlrabi (Som Tum)
Thai Style Salad

Shredded Kohlrabi, Radish, Turnip, Carrot, Fish Sauce Vinaigrette,
Peanuts, Tons of Fresh Herbs
Root & Stem
featuring Two James Old Cockney Gin
Coconut Milk, Lime, Lemongrass, Galangal Root


{  second course  }
Charred Sweet Potatoes
with Pickled Shishito Peppers from the Summer, Marinated Feta Cheese,
Pumpkin Seed, Cilantro, Pumpkin Seed Oil
Mezcal Neat
featuring Two James Dos James Mezcal
{ Orange Slice and Sal de Gusano }


{  third course  }
Acorn Squash with Greens
Acorn Squash Roasted and Pureed with Ginger and Kaffir Lime Leaves
Dressed with Fresh Greens from Loma Farm with a Brown Butter Vinaigrette.
Finished with Poached Pears, and Hazelnut.
Bird’s Eye
featuring Two James Doctor Bird Rum
{ Lime, Thai Chili, Orgeat, Orange Bitters }


{  fourth course  }
Braised Pork Lettuce Wraps (Family Style) 

Served with numerous tyles of Pickles, Kimchi, Herbs, and Gojuchang for building your own Lettuce Wraps
OR choose the vegetarian option at checkout
The Pinyin
featuring Two James Johnny Smoking Gun Whiskey
{Blood Orange, Lemon Oil, Chinese Five Spice }


{  fifth course  }
Parsnip Panna Cotta

with Popcorn Ice cream, Vanilla Oil
Ambre Rosso
featuring Two James Catcher’s Rye Whiskey
{ Zucca, Sweet Vermouth, Sherry, Campari }

Thursday, January 30th
5:30pm and 8:30pm 

$60 per person + tax and service fee

Five winter forward courses by Chef James Bloomfield of Alliance, Traverse City and time with the Two James team.  A vegetarian option is available at checkout to substitute the pork for the 4th course.  Beyond this, Chef is kindly requesting no dietary modifications to the menu.

Five perfectly paired cocktails created by the beverage directors from Two James Spirits

++ a-la-carte Two James cocktails, wine and beer from frame’s beverage director Bryan Lamorena  ++

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