February 28, 2012
In town for her reading tonight for her new book, Gail Simmons paid a visit to Top Chef alum chef Jen Biesty at Scala’s Bistro for lunch with the “Cheeze Lady,” Laura Werlin. The ladies had Laughing Bird shrimp bruschetta with fennel purée and squid ink aioli; Dungeness crab salad with blood orange, Treviso, green aioli, and chervil; and a funghi pizza with Spanish chorizo, Bloomsdale spinach, and Fontina Val d’Aosta. Pastry chef Tim Nugent sent out bergamot granita to finish.
March 22, 2011
Cotogna continues to draw a high-profile crowd: a reader spotted Top Chef/Food & Wine’s Gail Simmons “getting the tasting menu treatment.” (Gail even tweeted a picture of an amazing-looking raviolo). She was also up in wine country, visiting Ad Hoc (“Would’ve taken a dip in this if i could: Poached apples, vanilla ice cream, sugar cookies.”) and Fremont Diner (“Sonoma’s Fremont diner = my kinda place: brisket hash+eggs, maple bread pudding, fried pie! Serious country cookin”) with Food & Wine’s editor, Dana Cowin.