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The Restaurant: epic food co. in The Forum, 1113-F Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington The Bird: ORGANIC, FREE-RANGE BOCK BOCK. epic Food Co. is all about clean eating. If there is such a thing as healthy fried chicken, chef James Bain created a way to cook it. “We par roast the chicken on a low heat in the oven,” Bain says. “That does two things. One, it renders all the fat ... and allows for a crunchier skin. It also allows us to cook the chicken faster when it’s ordered.” The chicken is coated with gluten-free flour seasoned with smoked paprika, black bean seasoning, salt and pepper. “It’s very simple. We want to keep it some-what traditional but take the extra step to make it a bit healthier,” Bain says. The chicken is then fried in rice oil. “It’s healthier and can take a lot of heat because good fried chicken is juicy with crispy skin,” Bain explains. Tabasco honey sits on the side — perfect for dipping or drizzling. Bain recommends pairing the browned bird with flavorful vegetable sides like Brussels with Hustle — shaved Brussels sprouts, arugula, roasted beets and fresh goat cheese tossed in a light vinaigrette. “It’s similar to a slaw,” Bain says. For sweet lovers, there’s Marathoner’s Roasted Sweet Potatoes, tossed with a touch of maple syrup and oats, and baked with cinnamon on top. Ginger’s Faux Fried Rice, a great option for low-carb dieters, is grated cauliflower stir fried with snow peas and edamame beans, and served with lemon and gluten-free soy sauce. Wash down the tastiness with a fruit/ cucumber/mint or lemon/rosemary infused water. 88 WBM june 2015


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