Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 the year of the PIG!

One of the best parts of 2017 for me was finally getting our whole pig program on line.

We are able to get Alaskan pork from Wyhe Family Farms in Sutton, Alaska thanks to Arctic Valley Harvest. It is a treat to work with such great people!

It took 5 of us 5 hours to break it down into cuts for dinner and trim for sausage. 

Coppa Steaks are my favorite new cut!

We also seasoned and rolled the head. Cooked for 12 hours and sliced. 
Came out super delicious. Perfect New Year's Special!

We even salted a ham for 26 days

And Simeon rubbed it with lard and wrapped it to hang.
See you in about a year!

The bakery glowed like a beacon on our last day open this year. 
We are so grateful to everyone who walks through that door!
Happy 2018!

The Rain in Spain

Parabere Forum 2017 was in Barcelona Spain. 
Sharon and I met our friends Lotta and Titti from Sweden for a week of touring, talks and tables full of food and interesting people!

First stop The Jane Hotel in NYC. Also hit The Spotted Pig (crazy place) and Blue Hill (so much beautiful food)

a stop at the Whitney. Lunch there was divine.

Once in Spain find a market and get some coffee with your ladies.

and maybe visit a winery while your at it!

Alaska seafood is everywhere. 

Joan Roca. Love him.

ALL the jamon

Our apartment was in the lower building on the right. great locale.

Gaudi LIVES!

Our new best friend Jessie Cool. She is so cool.

and we ate...

and ate...

and looked

art was everywhere!

digging up a little Catalonian history. prescient. 

more jamon. cant get enough!

Truly, Deeply, MAD

MAD 5 Copenhagen Denmark August 28 and 29, 2016

The trip started with dinner at Noma right after I arrived in Copenhagen on Saturday. 
The most memorable meal of my life. 

The doors to the tent open right at 9. The music is blaring and we scramble to find a close seat. I have latched onto Illiana Regan the highly respected chef from Elizabeth and Co. in Chicago. I am having a hard time reconciling her soft voice and almost petite presence with the article I just read about her in Art Culiaire magazine. She is lovely and I want to be her new best friend. I lead us into a row of seats on the right side of the stage. Everything is right there in front of us, until a camera boom pops up and we are left with this big black iron arm waving through our view. 

It all started off with 
Jacques Pepin and his daughter Claudine.  true masters and a delightful family!

This was an incredible panel: Francis Lam moderating Alex Atala, Kylie Kwong, Jessica Koslow, April Bloomfield and Rosio Sanchez. It was too short!

Parabere Forum meets MAD! So good to see this bunch of talented ladies!

Dinner at 108 Sunday night was off the hook. Rene Redzepi and Daniel Patterson Sat next to us and the word was there were 52 Michelin Stars in the room at that moment. Goosebumps!

We are listening, Rene!

Dinner for 500 under a bridge.  Truly MAD Style!

Final Dinner with Mark Canlis of Canlis Restaurant and John Sundstrom from Lark
bonding over glazed uterus. a little Francis Lam photo bomb. Super fun night!