Monday, December 26, 2011
I started a small Japanese style catering business this year. I say "small" because it is still in its infantile stages. Starting a business, as exciting as it sounds, has taken all of my creative juices right out of me. Needing 175% of my attention but somehow not captivating me fully, it has been a struggle between maintaining balance in my life (exercise, free time, a man) and feeling guilty that I'm not 100% captivated. Why aren't I? There is something missing. So I thought if I shared with my readers my plight, activating my creative juices through writing and other means, that the missing piece just may present itself to me.
Here is a link to my website www.tatsujapanesefood.com.
That Araujo has been carefully stored since I left the GM position at Picco about 6 years ago. One of my best customers brought it in for my last night. I humbly asked him if i might bring that one home to add to my collection instead of opening it and of course he obliged. The Opus One, my friend Marcelo found in a "throw away" box at a winery where he works. The Araujo started off really inky and then opened to a lovely black currant, earthy, dark fruit, great acidity, not too hit-you-over-the-head cabernet. The Opus was smooth from the get go and opened to a full gigantic fruit explosion in the mouth. Some found it slightly on the "sweet" side - all that ripe fruit just waiting to be exposed to the elements after 12 years. Overall, I was quite pleased we opened them with this small group - believe it or not, none of us was left wanting.
That's me, carving the 10 pound Niman Ranch roast. It took almost 3 hours to cook in my somewhat retarded (but working) electric Frigidaire Custom Imperial oven circa 1965. Built to last, that behemoth did me right.
Our group was gracious at all the delicious wines, lots of Schramsburg Blanc de Blanc to get us going, 3 different desserts from Emporio Rulli in Larkspur, and one of Erin's famous Icebox Cakes, recipe straight from Magnolia Bakery in Manhattan.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
|Dim Sum Charlie's Airstream swamped with hungry Santa Rosans|
Fork Catering (from Sebastopol), Dim Sum Charlies (hailing all the way from Napa) and Santa Rosa's own Street Eatz, La Texanita and Chicago Hot Dogs were there with lines 20 deep at times. By all accounts, the vendors were all a little surprised by the large turnout which resulted in a some waits, but not that bad considering it was a great time to catch up with co-workers, make new friends and just sort of hang out.
|"10 Dolla Make You Holla" from Dim Sum Charlie's|
Anyhoo, most people were getting the "10 dolla make you holla" sampling of Dim Sum goodness, but I chose the "trio" of seafood (lobster, shrimp and scallop) and something called a "pork noodle snotty goodness" (don't quote me). It was easily the most appetizing and least appetizing sounding thing at the same time if that makes any sense. I wasn't afraid though. The snotty goodness was a noodle pancake stuffed with barbeque pork and green onions. Delish! The seafood trio were also incredible with the crunch from the shrimp providing satisfying texture to compliment the hot mustard, chili, soy sauce concoction I dreamed up. After scarfing both delicious selections down in a matter of moments, I contemplated getting back in line.
|Fork Catering's Menu|