Saturday, September 25, 2010

What's Cooking? Looking at the David Tanis Book and Some Other Events with Bartolotta Restaurants

We're doing a few more collaborations with Bartolotta's Restaurants in the next few months. On October 27th, there's a lunch for Mireille Guiliano for the French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook at Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro at 12 Noon. It's part of their 15th anniversary celebration. Call 414-962-6300 to make a reservation. The $85 cost includes a signed copy of the book. More at the Lake Park Bistro event page.

Then on November 9th, there's a Bacchus dinner with David Tanis, head chef of Alice Waters' Chez Panisse. His new book is Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen Journeys. We just got in an advance copy to pass to John at Bartolotta for them to create the menu. 414-765-1166 is the number to call for reservations. The cost for the dinner is $135, which includes a signed copy of the book. Visit the Bacchus event page here.

Details to come, but you can always find more on their website, which is here.

My favorite sections so far:
1) eating raw artichokes
2) how to prepare squid
3) making thai black rice pudding for dessert

I'm in the process of trying an idea we haven't done yet, though we attempted it a few times at Schwartz. It's a weekday lunch with a well-known novelist popular with book clubs. You'll get a choice of three entrees, three courses, non-alcoholic beverages, tax, and gratuities included, plus a signed copy of the book (a paperback) and a fairly intimate lunch with the author. The cost will be between $60 and $65. I'm getting pointers from my friend Sue at Lake Forest Book Store, who does these with some regularity. Do you think we can pull this off? Keep posted for deatils.

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