Dining With Denise Neil

A chef's secret, shared

Crystal and Brian MangersI’ve never had a non-interesting experience at the Candle Club, and last night was no exception.

I was invited by my foodie friend Bill Pearce, who’s a member of the dimly-lit, throwback supper club at 6135 E 13th St N., to come try some of the  items new Chef Adam Courtney has added to the menu.

He’d also invited Uptown Bistro’s executive chef Brian Mangers, who brought his very fun wife Crystal. Crystal has an affinity for unusual foods, and at her request, our dinner included frog legs and a big, huge plate of chicken livers, which she enthusiastically drowned with Tabasco before gobbling down.

Then, Brian and Crystal shard an (I’m assuming) little-known food fact: The best chicken innards  in town, they say, are the fried chicken gizzards served at Jezebel’s, an “ahem” gentelman’s club at 4520 E. 47th St. south.

“I would shut my eyes and go to Jezebels just for the gizzards,” Brian said.

See? Never not interesting at the Candle Club.

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