Contributed by Caitlin Cicala, chef of the extraordinary chocolate mousse we enjoyed at our third dinner series, Burgers & Beer.
When looking for inspiration for a new dish, I sometimes like to go to the grocery store or farmers market to see what jumps out at me. Other times, I seek out a dish tailored for a fabulous piece of dinnerware I come across. In this case, that piece of dinnerware was the iittala Essense cocktail bowl. I first saw them about a year ago and thought it would be decadent to eat chocolate mousse in these sleek stemmed bowls. Dinner 3 presented me with the perfect opportunity to finally do it.