The House That Jacques Built


Jacque Pépin (center) with the ‘hopper (right) and friend Gregory Wells (left). Photo by Marc Fiorito of Gamma Nine.

~Jacques Pépin~—who is in town to shoot his next and final public television series, Heart & Soul, here at KQED Studios—has been busier than the tablehopper with his dinners around town! La Folie was the place to be last Wednesday—he was there with Mary Risley of Tante Marie (toasting her retirement) and Barbara Fairchild, the former Bon Appétit editor. They were accompanied by Gerald Hirigoyen and his wife Cameron (of Piperade and Bocadillos). A tablehopper reader, who was celebrating her anniversary at another table, said the party was there for quite awhile (well over three hours!). Well done! It was a busy night, because at yet another table, Chuck Williams was celebrating his 99th birthday in style.

Msr. Pépin was also spotted at ~PROSPECT~ with a large group (hosted by the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco). He wore a snazzy rainbow tie, how very SF!

The ‘hopper also got to chat with Msr. Pépin at CUESA’s Sunday Supper this last weekend. The incredible icon made lots of very talented guest chefs happy (and shy!)—what a pleasure to have him in town.