Dinner - Saturday, October 15, 2011
Having eaten our way through the heyday of overtly modernist establishments (with some very nice highs and rather sad lows), we're typically leery of new places advertising molecular gastronomy menus. However, when our friend James from gastrobits invited us to a "Modern Gastronomy" dinner in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, we heeded his call - at only $100/person for 14 courses, it was an acceptable risk, especially given the promise of good company.
Thus, ten of us assembled on a rowdy Saturday night (the place was packed!) to share our stories, our wines, and partake of Chef Daniel Barron's interpretation of "the art and science of cooking".
The media buzz about the French Laundry pop-up at Harrods brought to mind a recent visit to Jacobsen's Farm in Yountville. This tiny farm supplies exclusively to the TKRG properties, and as expected, the produce is superb. Our tour of the property revealed prime examples of many interesting plants, particularly chocolate mint, wild arugula, white Alpine strawberries, cardoons, wormwood (!), and the beautiful succulent pictured below (sadly, underused in this country).
|Ficoïde glaciale - Jacobsen's Farm, Yountville, CA (2011)|