Kessler has challenged Jay Schroeder of Red Door with "something reminiscent of childhood": Pez.
(Recipe below slideshow)
The Shiitake Flip
1 oz shiitake-blueberry reduction*
1/2 oz St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
11/2 oz Clase Azul Reposado Tequila
1 egg white
nutmeg, for garnish
Dry shake, then add ice and briefly shake again. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with freshly ground nutmeg.
10 oz chopped shiitake mushrooms
12 oz wild blueberries
1 T allspice
1 T nutmeg
1/2 c water
Roast the mushrooms and blueberries with the spices at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Place in a bowl, add the water, and steep overnight. Strain the liquid into a saucepan and cook until reduced by half.