Yesterday I had the extreme pleasure of attending an author/book signing event for Marcus Sammuelsson’s new book, Yes, Chef. The event which included book signings, words from Marcus and lunch was held at the beautiful Jardinière restaurant in San Francisco, a spot that I have wanted to get to for awhile. Jardinière’s chef Traci Des Jardins and chef Marcus had history as they had worked together in New York.
The event was wonderful. Marcus is warm, approachable and delightful to be around. His smile, which was a permanent part of his well-put-together outfit lights up the room. There were a lot of fans of his work present at the event, people who had eaten in his restaurants, people who had heard his NPR interview about his book and his work with Red Rooster in Harlem.
Those were not the reasons I attended (although I really wanted to get to Red Rooster when I was in New York two weeks ago, but it wasn’t in the cards). I attended because I am a fan of Chopped and Marcus is a regular judge on the show and one of my favorites. Also, as my husband would say (and I am not sure if it stems from a French expression) he has a “good face,” meaning he looks kind and positive which turned out to be spot on!
He took time to speak with everyone while signing his book. He made several passes through all the tables to speak with attendees. He took time to answer questions. He was gracious and caring.
The other reason I was there is because the Food Republic is one of my favorite food blogs (if you follow me on Twitter you have probably seen my retweets of their posts on a daily basis and a mention in Saturday Six) and Marcus is one of the co-founders. It has great content, a good mixture of interviews, food-related essays, restaurant and chef news and recipes. I am a big fan!
While I didn’t get a chance to complete the meal (missed out on dessert) the two courses I had were delectable. The first course was rollmops with cured local (Monterey) sardines and a cucumber and dill salad. The main entree, which is what the photo above is, was a tasting of Smørrebrød (Scandinavian open face sandwiches on rye) which included (nearest to farthest) smoked King salmon with farm egg and beets; duck liver pâté with radishes and spring onions; and veal tongue with cherry tomatoes.
Photos from the event (the food and photos of Marcus) are in a Flickr album I created.
I have now started reading the book and will be sharing my thoughts in another post. I will also be giving away a signed copy as I bought a spare just for that reason. Look for that to come shortly!
Now, onto More Tasty Tidbits:
From Framed Cooks: Chilled seafood pasta salad with ginger yogurt dressing
From Food Nouveau: Salmon soba salad with ginger peanut dressing
From Eat Live Run: Grilled peach chicken goat cheese salad
From Cooking and Me: Chocolate Fudge Doughnut Cakes
From Tartine and Apron Strings: Parpardelle with Chaterelles
From How Sweet It Is: Hot blueberry cheddar dip
From Spoon Fork Bacon: Rhubarb Raspberry cardamom jam
For my gluten-free freinds:
From With Style & Grace: Gluten-free pasta with mint and peas
How about you? What have you been eating lately?