Chef David Kinch and General Manager Michael Kean were in London last month to receive an award for #38 of the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants.” My friend Maggie was on hand for this spectacular event and upon hearing I was headed back to SF made me promise to dine at Manresa. So upon my arrival in San Francisco: step 1: rent car, step 2: make reservations at Manresa. Last night was the opening of their outdoor patio dining and their Modernista tasting menu. We started with a Cava (sparkling wine from Spain), Sherry and orange twist aperitif served with gougeres and from there we put ourselves into the hands of the very talented chef and his food and wine tasting menu.
Country-style Pate & Homemade Pickles
Marrow Bean Soup with Slow Cooked Egg
Moules & Frites with White Wine, Parsley & Garlic
Roast Snapper Catalan-style with Potatoes & Mushrooms
Slow-cooked Pork Shoulder in an Egg Sauce
with Tripe Stew and a HUGE CARROT
Almond Torte with Stewed Cherries and Chantilly
320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030
Tasting Menu : $75
Wine Pairing : $56
Category: Bay Area Bites Food + Drink, restaurants, bars, cafes
After a decade in Silicon Valley, Laura traded her keyboard for a cutting board and moved to New York City to immerse herself in food and wine studies and restaurant operations. She graduated from the French Culinary Institute where she studied under Master Chefs Jacques Pépin, André Soltner, Alain Sailhac, and Master Sommelier Andrea Immer. While in New York, Laura cooked with some of the world's most highly acclaimed chefs including Mario Lohninger (Danube), Morimoto, Mark Franz & Emily Luchetti (Farallon), Michael Romano (Union Square Café), Mario Batali, Marcella Hazan, Jonathan Cartwright (White Barn Inn), Martin Heierling (Bellagio), Dave Pasternack (Esca), Richard Reddington (Redd, Auberge du Soleil), and the legendary Alice Waters (Chez Panisse).
After working as the Back Kitchen Chef of Jacques Pépin's PBS cooking show, "Fast Food, My Way", Laura moved to France to cook her way around the country. She cooked at the Cannes Film Festival, then to the northwest corner of France, to Britanny, to cook on a lobster boat, then east to Paris to the world famous Pierre Hermé Patisserie where she made thousands of his macarons every day! Laura cooked for the fabulous Olivia de Havilland and interned at 3 Michelin Star Le Cinq under Chef Philippe Legendre and Pastry Chef Fabrice Lecleir. Laura was the executive chef and cooking instructor at the DaVinci Code chateau outside of Paris where she was on set during the filming of the movie.
In Fall 2007, Laura worked on Jacques Pepin’s most recent PBS television series as prop and food stylist. "More Fast Food, My Way" should air in the Spring of 2008. “My Keyboard for a Cutting Board ~ Adventures in a French kitchen v1.0”, Laura’s first book highlights her first three months cooking in France, was published in Summer 2006. Convivialité is her second book and will hopefully be published in the fall.
Laura now splits her time between Paris and the San Francisco Bay Area doing private chefing, teaching cooking classes and leading market tours when in Paris. Bon Appetit!