Friday Food Foto – Jardinière lunch with Marcus Samuelsson

Smorrebrod at Jardiniere in San Francisco for Marcus Samuelsson lunch

Smørrebrød entree served at Jardinière

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?

About Andi Fisher

I'm a lifestyle blogger focused on travel and food. A marketing gal who gave up my job to travel around the United States in an RV with my hubby. I'm now settling into the Portland area where I'm looking for my next career adventure! I love to travel via my stomach. Eating, seeking out local artisans and features to share. I've got more than 26 years of experience in marketing focused on content, social media, and direct marketing and I've mentored many bloggers, old and new.


  1. Would you believe that in my four years in the Bay Area, I NEVER made it to Jardiniere? Shameful, I know! But I have eaten my share of Smørrebrød, thanks to living in Scandinavia.

    • @Kristin, it was my first time there as well. It’s crazy I get my hair cut every four weeks literally around the corner. I am going tohave my hubby meet me there next time…what’s the use of getting “all dolled up” if I can’t take advantage of it wiht a nice dinner at Jardiniere!? The Smørrebrød were really yummy.

  2. What a great opportunity! At least the first two courses sound like they were delicious… one can only imagine how delicious dessert with, n’est-ce pas??

    • @Amy, it was going to be Swedish pancakes with strawberry jam – yum! Have you had a chance to go to Red Rooster?

  3. Yum is right! I still haven’t been to Red Rooster – it’s on my list. So much to eat, as always!

  4. Amy Orvin says:

    It sounds like you had a great time.

  5. made me hungry!

  6. It is great how personable he was! Thanks for telling us about the event! Love the colorful food too!

  7. Rachel Y says:

    I’m a big admirer of Marcus Samuelsson! I love watching him work on the food network, I hope to be able to visit one of his restaurants some day!

  8. That picture makes me drool!

  9. Anita Jones says:

    sounds amazing!

  10. OMG we have pretty good food here in N.O. but I would love to try this dish

  11. Carlmel Joy Escuadro says:

    This made me hungry! ;D

  12. Elena Ionita says:

    looks yummy! 🙂

  13. Mary Dailey says:

    This looks so fresh! I would love to try it!

  14. The smoked King salmon with farm egg and beets sound amazing. And it looks like you had a lovely time.

  15. I am sooo jealous. I would love to meet Marcus someday. I have seen him on numerous shows and have several of his books…and also love to watch him on chopped. He is so classy. I’m not sure I would have been able to eat with him walking around. lol.

  16. YUM! Put that on my list of things to do! What’s for dessert?

  17. I actually just enjoyed smoked salmon for the first time last weekend. Not the first time I had it but the first time I enjoyed it!

  18. I tried it for the first time this spring while staying at a B&B in Maine. Everything I ate there was locally sourced and wonderfully handmade so I felt bold. [never been a big seafood fan] The salmon wasn’t bad but didn’t seem worth the fuss. Last week I tried some that my brother had in Brooklyn and it was much tastier. But I would still eat most anything from the B&B.

    • @Elle, I like drier smoked salmon as opposed to wetter. Some are just so “fishy” too and I like sushi, so that is saying a lot!

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