Monday, August 07, 2006

It's Not My Fault

photo by Linda Davick

Can I help it if Chef John calls us up and says: "Meet me at the back fence?" What am I supposed to say? "No, we're on a diet."? "No, we're vegetarian."? And now I'm fat, but it's worth it.

Did I mention that Chef John is the father of Chef Johnny? Chef Johnny is Executive Chef at Genentech. Last week Chef Johnny prepared lunch for that guy who's been hanging around town–Tony Blair. It goes without saying that Chef John taught Chef Johnny everything he knows. If there's one thing I love, it's a detailed description of food:

e-mail from Chef Johnny to Emmy: We fed Blair and 80 others of his staff. At Blair's table was Art Levinson, CEO of Genentech and 16 other CEO's of biotech firms. The food was peppercorn crusted fillet of beef with poached peaches, ruby port reduction sauce, herbed grilled polenta, summer melange of vegetables, gourmet sandwich skewers with house cured salmon, chicken rojo, turkey with brie/avocado, Italian Hero and a roasted ratatouille sandwich. Each sandwich was cut perfectly into little squares and put on a skewer. The garnish was champagne grapes, apricots, strawberries and figs. Tons of desserts....chocolate covered strawberries, petit fours, cream puffs, fruit tarts, chocolate trilogy cake with three mousses and passion fruit mousse on a bisquit. They enjoyed the food a lot. It was a good time.