Can you make a rich chocolate cake with beets, spent coffee grounds, and SuperGrain+ flour? Can carrots resemble tartare? Can the tops be used to make pesto? What is aquafaba? These were some of the questions we set out to answer for our guests at our Edible Upcycling Benefit Dinner last month.
Today, we use ReGrained SuperGrain+ flour to bring you our delicious Honey Cinnamon IPA, Coffee Chocolate Stout, and Blueberry Saison bars. But that’s only the beginning — in our test kitchen, we’re constantly pushing ourselves to explore the potential of this versatile, flavorful, and nutritious ingredient. (Did you know that SuperGrain+ flour contains more plant protein and fiber than any other grain-based flour on the market?)
On Friday May 11th, SuperGrain+ flour made its dinnerplate debut at our Edible Upcycling Benefit Dinner, the brainchild of ReGrained’s VP of Product, Chef Phil Saneski in collaboration with KitchenTown’s Culinary Director, Chef Nate Keller. We set out to take upcycled and locally sourced ingredients (like spent coffee grounds from KitchenTown’s cafe and carrot tops from a local farm), and combine them with ReGrained’s signature SuperGrain+ flour.
The result? A creative and elegant tasting menu that proved edible upcycling can be not only good practice, but great eating.
SuperGrain+ showed off its range, giving us fluffy biscuits, moist “meat”balls, toothsome pasta, and a decadent cheesecake crust; we couldn’t be more excited about this flour. But the true stars were our partners and community members — with sold-out tickets, we managed to raise over $3,000 for Food Shift, a Bay Area nonprofit dedicated to creating jobs while feeding the hungry and reducing food waste.
The evening culminated in a toast to friends old and new — with some delicious Bay Area craft brews, of course! Check out the highlights below:
ReGrained “Everything” Cracker, Carrot Tartare, Mustard, “Cream Cheese”
Carrots, orange-shitake vinaigrette, Moroccan spiced mustard dots, ReGrained “everything” seasoned cracker, almond milk cream cheese, shallots, carrot tops (upcycled), edible flowers, salmon roe.
Biscuits & House Made Pork Sausage, Cracked Pepper Roux Gravy
ReGrained flour featured in both the biscuit and the gravy base with house made pork sausage simply seasoned, pecan-smoked maple syrup, bacon fat, fresh cracked pepper.
ReGrained Gumbo with Andouille Meatballs, Shitake, Fava Bean, Holy Trinity
Gumbo and meatballs are ReGrained flour based “meat”balls have red beans, celery & green bellpepper, fava beans and leaves, roasted shitake mushrooms, okra chips, celery leaves (upcycled), carrot tops (upcycled), cayenne.
ReGrained Ricotta Cavatelli with Carrot Top Pesto, Broccoli, Cherry Tomato Confit
ReGrained flour served as the base of this Cavatelli pasta with fresh made ricotta. Pasta was tossed in a carrot top (upcycled), toasted pine nut and roasted garlic based pesto, broccoli florets and stems (upcycled), cherry tomato confit, and mircoradishes.
Mascarpone Cheesecake with Strawberry, Matcha, Almond Streusel
Crème fraiche cheesecake, matcha powder, toasted almond streusel made with ReGrained flour, toped with fresh whipped cream.
Chocolate Beet Cake with Meringue, Citrus, Coffee Soil
ReGrained flour brownie cake, torched aquafaba (upcycled chickpea water) meringue, strawberries, candied orange zest, spent coffee (upcycled) & ReGrained flour soil.