Recently, I made a post about some of my favorite local spots to dine. I was able to get a behind the scenes look at one of those restaurants, Pangea Kitchen!
Visit www.tastepangea.com for additional information on this phenomenal restaurant, inspired by the vision of owner, Randy Hobson. His passion for fantastic food is apparent, and Pangea Kitchen is sure to delight. The menu is a mix of Thai and Italian inspired dishes, two of Randy's personal favorites. Global soul food dishes are the offered fare at this truly unique establishment.
I was fortunate enough to sit and chat with Randy to find out about where his passion for food came from, and the inspiration behind the delicious dishes they prepare. Their wood fired pizzas are made traditionally in a brick oven that was built in Italy. Their process has been certified by l'associazione verace pizza napoletana, an organization that checks for quality of ingredients, found in Italy, as well as the pure process of this traditional dish. The margherita pizza is truly second to none, and is a personal favorite of mine.
Keeping with the Italian theme, Pangea Kitchen is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth with their Gelateria and Pastry Bar. Sarah Bruggeman, an Evansville native, began her baking career at the early age of seven. A graduate of the Pastry Arts program at Sullivan University, she continues to refine her skills. For our tasting, she prepared some macarons, a traditional French pastry. The light cookies filled with chocolate ganache were deliciously delectable.
Chef Wanphen McDonald is the mastermind behind the Thai inspired menu items. Originally from Bangkok, she graduated first in her class from the elite Royal Thai College of Culinary Arts. Kao Soi was the dish she prepared for our tasting today, a noodle dish with curry, coconut milk, and meat that was simply stunning.
This restaurant has so much to offer any patron, it is sure to put Evansville on the culinary map. If you're making a trip to a location nearby, you have to put Pangea Kitchen on the list of places to check out!