The next day, the teams shop. Once again, it's CJ, Tre, Howie, and Sara at the Fresh Market. Not finding enough rabbit at the store, Howie decides they're going to have to go with poussin for their first course. Tre tells us they are keeping the beef tenderloin, but adding a choice of lobster salad or house-cured wild king salmon for the first course, and, from the looks of it, monkfish as an alternative main.
Checking in on the winos, all we see is someone pouring wine out for a tasting. The camera pans up to show STEPHEN! STEPHEN! STEPHEN! Aw, welcome back! Stop wearing so much eyeliner! Stephen takes Howie and Hung's surprise at seeing him very calmly. Almost too calmly. Nonchalant, even -- like people are surprised to see him every day. Stephen takes them through a wine tasting, starting with a sake. Nice. I had some newly-released spring sake at our neighborhood sushi place, and it was incredible. I never knew sake could be so nuanced. The cuts make it look like Stephen's being his usual babblicious self, and Hung tells us, "He may come off as arrogant but he knows his stuff." Brian tells us that while Hung and Dale were busy with their sommelier, he and Casey scrounged around on their own, just buying what they liked.
Back at the Top Chef compound, the teams get their restaurants ready. Dale thinks their new place is great but adds, "It's kind of like Valentine's Day threw up all over it." Sure enough, along with the white tablecloths, there's also lots of red accents and some silver things on the walls and other silver things stacked in the corners. Oh, and there's those special paintings The Raging Bitch "found." They're the kind of paintings my dad stares at in modern art museums and then loudly asks me what's so special about an artist filling a canvas with a single, solid color. I can't argue with him, but I do beat a hasty retreat when he asks a docent which artist made the doorknob. Or the drinking fountain. Brian is pretty happy with the changes The Raging Bitch had them made to Restaurant April. The food quote Brian's team stenciled around the walls is from Through the Looking Glass: " 'A loaf of bread,' the Walrus said,/'Is what we chiefly need:/Pepper and vinegar besides/Are very good indeed --/Now, if you're ready, Oysters dear,/We can begin to feed.'" You just KNOW one of the Brians came up with that quote. I mean, who else on this show is one with the Lewis Carroll mentality?