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Washington, DC 20006
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Equinox – Washington, DC

When Todd asked Ellen, then a sales representative for a food distributor, for a date, she replied that she didn’t date customers. Todd replied, “That’s fine, because I’m not ordering anything from you anyway.” The Executive Chef of Equinox in Washington DC and his wife – now the restaurant’s general manager – have kept that spark in their relationship through their passion for food and fun.

Pan Seared Quail with Spaghetti Squash and Golden Raisins

Chef Todd Gray of Equinox – Washington, DC
Adapted by StarChefs

Yield: 6 servings


  • 6 boneless quail, cleaned
  • 1 cup golden raisins, plumped
  • 1 spaghetti squash, baked and “rake
  • 1 cup quail or chicken jus 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 Tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • kosher salt and fresh black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup tomato fondue (see recipe below)
    Tomato Fondue
  • 2 cups tomato concassé
  • 3/4 cup onions, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

In a sauce casserole, heat butter to medium temperature, add squash, cook slowly until squash is slightly golden and caramelized, approximately 10 minutes. Add the fondue and raisins, season well and keep warm off to the side.

Meanwhile, heat a large sauté pan over medium heat and add the grapeseed oil. Season quails with salt and pepper, then sear quails on breast side for about 3 minutes; turn and cook an additional 3 minutes. Heat six large plates, spoon squash in the center of each, top with a seared quail and spoon warm quail jus around.

 Published: Feb 2004