Yet another @lacocinasf grad doing brilliant, beautiful, delicious things. Go visit @pareshheena at @besharamsf immediately.
Rib tips @ko_ep. Served with a side of black latex gloves.
“I fell in love with restaurant people. We’re all working to pay a debt we don’t owe.” Resonant words from the incomparable Patrick O’Connell of The Inn at Little Washington. He packed so much wisdom and so much laughter into one very memorable closing keynote.
Bite sized giants manning the host stand at @simonandthewhale.
Every year, the @lacocinasf gala stands out as one of the brightest, most inspirational, connected, and beautiful evenings. I’m so proud to serve as a board member for an organization that has supported immigrant women in bringing over 40 businesses to economic and operational self-sufficiency, generating millions of dollars in revenue and hundreds of jobs annually. My work with them consistently reminds me that no dream is too big.
Delectable pickled herring snacks at @mbenjaminsf.
Exposed brick, ladders for days, and neon post-its everywhere...must be a restaurant opening. 😁🙌🏻
California: slaying the lettuce game since forever.
Congratulations to @gavinkaysen. There are so many major milestones I’ve had the privilege of witnessing along this man’s path over the past decade - restaurant openings, countless awards, high profile events, et al. But, what I have always appreciated most about Gavin is the way he conducts himself in between those moments - with humility, humor, and relentless discipline. There are no silver bullets, no shortcuts to the top, no escaping the hard work day in and day out. I’m so grateful to be a part of that story.
Roasted + fried chamomile chicken at @roisterchicago. Thank you to @grant_achatz and team for the immense hospitality and generosity.
Spring ravioli love from my nearest and dearest NYC family @cafebouludny.
St. Jacques scallop crudo, porcini, apple, watercress, shaved marcona almond. Add a bottomless glass of pétillant and @maisiewilhelm for a 🙌🏻🙃💥 kind of Sunday. Thank you @frenchettenyc.
Another @ggrasf Industry Conference for the books! 🙏🏻🙌🏻
Honored and excited to be speaking about the importance of sound training programs, how they contribute to employee retention, and why investing in your team is ultimately a financial win for restaurants. Come see @saltandroe at @ggrasf’s Industry Conference on Tuesday!
Vegan carrot tostada, “nacho” cheese, nasturtium from @chefjeremyfox. It’s been so wonderful hosting this gracious and talented team at @spoonandstable for #synergyseries2018.
A belated, but still deeply heartfelt congratulations to @gavinkaysen and @dianemyang on their hard-earned @beardfoundation nominations. You two are daily reminders that there are no shortcuts, no silver bullets, and no secret recipes to being a successful and inspiring leader. Hard work, focus, humility, and a constant desire to be better is the only way. Photo by the inimitable @ulteriorepicure.
Feeling so grateful to get to work alongside Aileen, the owner of @sariwakitchen and @lacocinasf entrepreneur, as she launches (so so successfully!) at @ucberkeley. This @healthy_ish @bonappetitmag feature (link in profile) captures her essence: “I admire the technical genius of trained cooks, but I also hella admire lola [grandma]-style cooking. I get the most excited when people of different abilities feel empowered about creating good, nourishing food.” ❤️
No momos, mo’ problems. @biniskitchen slaying the dumpling game at @ucberkeleyofficial.
@reemscalifornia x @chefpmistry x @lacocinasf ✨
So proud of and happy for Nite and her @nyumbai team. She dreamed of a place where people could come together over Cambodian comfort food and Khmer rock ‘n roll while receiving the type of warm hospitality that her mom extended to every visitor in her home. And then, by way of grit, divine hustle, and dogged vision, she brought it to life. Visit her. You’ll be happy you did.