October 7, 2014
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.
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Jacques Pépin is going to have quite the full dance card over the next three months: his 75th birthday isn’t until December 18th, but the festivities have already started. Chef Roland Passot of La Folie threw him a party at Left Bank Brasserie in Menlo Park last week, and Pépin has an upcoming 75th birthday reception and fundraiser at Waterbar on October 14th (6pm-8pm). The fundraiser is for his next series on KQED-TV, Essential Pépin (currently shooting for an October 11th release). (You can get tickets here.)
He was also spotted dining at Quince with a party of six, his first visit to the restaurant in its new location. He reportedly stayed for three-plus hours, got a tour of the kitchen, cellar, and the upcoming Cotogna with chef Michael Tusk.