Archive for August 30th, 2011

Chez Panisse’s Fortieth Anniversary – (Berkeley) San Francisco

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

chez-panisse40 Years of Chez Panisse, available now at booksellers

The Grand Opening ceremonies took place earlier where Governor Jerry Brown said a few words, on August 26th 2011, at the Berkeley Art Museum, and a dinner party was given afterwards for a small group of friends at Chez Panisse. Amazingly,  Jeremiah Tower was one of the guests at the table, which means they must have put past quarrels, about who was responsible for creating California Cuisine aside.

The San Francisco Chronicle has run a protracted article about 40 years of Chez Panisse, offering lots of information here.

Chesa Swiss Restaurant, Fresh Chantrelles Mushrooms from Europe – Bangkok

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Chesaimage 2image2Menu

Chanterelles Cream Soup 210.-

Chanterelles Salad with Prawns 450.-
Sautéed with garlic, olive oil and served on organic lettuce

Chanterelles Mushroom Risotto 410.-

Veal and Mushroom Ravioli with Chanterelles 480.-
Served on a creamy white wine sauce

Grilled Veal Escalope with Chanterelles 530.-
With a creamy brown sauce and your choice of garnish

Pan-Fried John Dory Fillet with Chanterelles 550.-
Served with baby potatoes and vegetables

N.Z. Venison Fillet with Chanterelles Mushrooms 780.-
With Brussels sprouts, red cabbage and spätzli

Government tax and 10 % Service charge will be added

XIV Now Closed While SBE Comes Up With A New Concept – Los Angeles

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

XIVThe Philippe Starck designed XIV Restaurant Now Closed

Michael Mina & Sam Nazarian Iranian-American entrepreneur and CEO of  SBE closed the failing XIV on August 23, 2011. The concept with its strict rule that all guests at a given table had to order the same list of courses from its 35-item menu, be it three courses or 30. It did not catch on after opening at an inopportune time in the beginning of the global financial crisis in 2008.  Look for a new concept coming from SBE, most likely with Michael Mina aboard, when they come up with something that will work in this space and location.