Saturday, October 31, 2009


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


tonight Mathew (of the black door bistro) and I served our final dinner in the three season tasting menu-
serving this dinner in this time (a bit early, maybe for winter, though it does kind of feel like winter already, and often does this time of year), was a bit of an adventure- we both wanted the menu to be an expression of what we both felt most exciting about winter, while also acknowledging the depth, darkness & simplicity of the season.. I wanted to start by a fire, and we did, with whiskey and apple donut fritters- and we wanted the courses to be full filling- filling- and with the expression of simplicity.
Unfortunately, just a week before the dinner, I was notified that my very close friend was suddenly loosing her battle with brain cancer- in this last week i spent many hours with her, and asked Mathew to be prepared to serve the meal on his own.. In many ways, I feel like these last ten days & this dinner too- have been an opportunity for me to fully and completely experience the truth of the season. The depth of winter is so true and absolute- especially here- and we have only the very simplest of things to get us through- and then we do- and suddenly there is spring.....again.
For now,
we have this-
WINTER looming and yet familiar- we have celeriac and beets and carrots- we have the pot Au feu, - the "pot on the fire"... and that we have each other (even though the other may seem a bit distant they are there, believe me)...
Don't Forget-
don't forget to get together- cook gratin- make winter salads- learn new things- and be silent sometimes.

spring will come-

& in the meantime-
we're here-
see you soon.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

in the news

Next monday, Mathew (of the black door bistro) and I will prepare and serve our third tasting dinner. Though the event is fully booked, and is the final of our three season theme, we have decided to continue these special tasting menus begining agin in November. Our next series will be entitled "warmth in the winter" and will feature celabratory menus from three different regions of the world, begining with Indonisia, followed by Latin America and concluded with North Eastern Europe. I will write more about these next week- but in the meantime, check out the article in today's Time's Argus.
you can also read more of our interview with Sylvia on her blog