January 13, 2009

Man, I am bummed to be missing this dinner. I admire Cecilia Chiang very much, and she’s totally feisty. Oh, my Monday nightsx Anyway, here’s more from the release, “On January 26th, chef Laurent Manrique and executive chef Ron Boyd welcome Cecilia Chiang to preside over the preparation and service of ~AQUA’S PREMIERE CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION DINNER~.
“Cecilia has been a celebrated restaurateur since 1961 when she opened the Mandarin, which quickly became a culinary landmark and San Francisco institution. In 1974, with publication of her cookbook The Mandarin Way, her career blossomed to include television appearances, cooking demonstrations, and contributions to international magazines and newspapers. She actively consults for popular Bay Area restaurants, including Betelnut and Shanghai 1930.

“Only 100 seats are available for this rare opportunity to meet the woman dubbed the ‘Chinese Julia Child’ by Alice Waters. Experience the foundation cuisine of Asia as inspired by the magnificent Cecilia Chiang—and launch the New Year again at AQUA!”


Maine Lobster Shumai
Carrot Consommé, Cilantro

“Lion's Head” Meatball
Braised Napa Cabbage, Shallot-Ginger Pistou

Winter Melon Soup
Lovage, Serrano Ham, Cracked White Peppercorn

Crisp Crab Crêpe
Bean Sprouts, Fresh Bamboo, Garlic-Chili Sauce

Tea-Smoked Squab
Mandarin Orange, Lily Bulb, Five-Spice

Glazed Chestnut, Onion Sprout, Persimmon & Gold

Steamed Black Bass
Bamboo Rice, Toasted Garlic, Ginger & Scallion

Coconut Tapioca
Lychee Gelée

Sommelier-selected wine pairings will be available for each course at an additional charge. There will be no regular dining this evening. The tasting menu will also be offered for the following two-week celebration (but no Cecilia).

Year of the Ox Celebration—An Evening With Cecilia Chiang
Mon. Jan. 26th, 2009

252 California St.
Cross: Battery St
San Francisco, CA