The River Cafe’s Rose Gray: My Brief Encounter

I was living in London in 2007 and staging at St. John Restaurant.  Tom, one of the cooks there and a kitchen mentor of sorts said that he had friends at River Cafe and could maybe get me a day or two stage there.  I jumped at the chance.  After a phone call and a couple [...]

Restaurant Matchbooks – Branding And Culture Collide

There is an article in today’s New York Times Dining Section by Katrina Heron about restaurant matchbooks.  It got me thinking about the whole ‘matches-in-restaurants’ thing.  Of course they were originally there for the convenience of the smokers at the bar, waiting for a table or enjoying an after dinner drink.  Which then served a dual [...]

The Breslin At The Ace Hotel: Launch Night With Fergus Henderson

Tonight was a good night.  I realized earlier today that this weekend was FergusStock.  FergusStock is that special time of year when the owners of The Spotted Pig, Ken Friedman and chef April Bloomfield, host chef Fergus Henderson for a couple days of pork-based feasting.  In past years Fergus Henderson’s trips to New York from [...]