A pasta dish that will thrill with surprise.
As I set this brimming bowl of pasta in front of my husband, he twirled in his fork, then took a bite.
“This is so weird,” he exclaimed with growing glee. “But it’s really good!”
That might just be your reaction, as well, to this eyebrow-raising spaghetti tossed with peas, lime, goat cheese — and are you ready for it — duck fat.
Yes, “Spaghetti with Peas, Lime, Goat Cheese, and Duck Fat” is from the cookbook, “Rich Table” (Chronicle Books, 2018), of which I received a review copy. It’s by husband-and-wife chef-owners Evan and Sarah Rich with assist from Eater Cities Director Carolyn Alburger.
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of dining at San Francisco’s Rich Table — where scoring a table is never an easy feat — you know that this type of dish is part and parcel for this Michelin-starred restaurant that has a knack for creating winning dishes with rather unexpected, and often mind-boggling combinations of ingredients.
Broccoli tamale at Rich Table.
Rich Table is one of those restaurants that confounds.
In the best of ways.
What other place thinks of threading whole sardines through potato chips? Or baking levain bread with dough infused with Douglas Fir? Or tossing a tangle of pasta with sauerkraut and pastrami?
Only this San Francisco establishment founded by husband-and-wife chefs Evan and Sarah Rich.
No wonder this casual, relaxed place has earned a Michelin star.
Step inside the casual Michelin-starred restaurant.
A little bathroom humor on the bathroom wall.
Even before garnering that honor, Rich Table was always a tough place to get a reservation. It’s even more so now. But plan ahead to score a table and you will be richly rewarded, as my husband and I and our friends were on a recent Sunday night. We paid our own tab at the end, but Chef de Cuisine Brandon Rice did send out a parade of desserts on the house at the end.
The Majestic Yosemite Hotel in all its majesty.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA — There may not have been snow here last week, but there was plenty else to ignite the senses.
A bevy of celebrated chefs took to the stage and kitchen in the 34th annual “Taste of Yosemite” at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel (ahem, yes, the Ahwahnee to sentimental folks like myself).
I was thrilled to be the guest moderator/host at the first two sessions of this winter-time bonanza that features cooking demos and grand gala dinners.
Chef David Bazirgan of Bambara in Cambridge, making a return to California, where he cooked for 13 years.
Chef David Bazirgan’s tasting of hummus, eggplant puree, and cashew romesco.
For 34 years, the event has taken place throughout January. But look for the 35th one to break tradition.
In my happy place at RT Rotisserie.
Dear Chefs Evan and Sarah Rich:
Please open an outpost of your RT Rotisserie in the South Bay or Peninsula. Pretty please.
Your Number One Fan, aka the Food Gal
If you have tried the roast chicken and fixings at RT Rotisserie in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, you’ll be tempted to implore chef-owners Evan and Sarah to open a branch in your hood, too. One taste is all it takes to find yourself swooning over what is the most glorious roasted chicken you’ll ever experience.
After all, these are the same chefs who own the newly minted Michelin-starred Rich Table in San Francisco.
Chef Evan Rich manning the rotisserie.
My husband and I ordered a veritable feast — and paid our tab though Chef Evan threw in a few extra dishes gratis — when we visited this more casual establishment recently. You order at the counter, then take a seat to have your food brought out to you when it’s ready.