Visiting Chef Dinner: Charles Phan at SHED
On Nov. 1, we welcome Charles Phan, the James Beard Award-winning executive chef of San Francisco's The Slanted Door. Charles' new book, The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food, is a love letter to the restaurant and his native country. To celebrate, Charles makes a special visit to Healdsburg for an exclusive dining event. The multi-course evening will be full of flavor, food, and cocktails, featuring the modern take on classic Vietnamese cooking for which The Slanted Door has earned worldwide acclaim.
Throughout the evening, guests will taste a selection of cocktails and recipes prepared from The Slanted Door's beautifully photographed pages. The evening begins with an indoor/outdoor reception featuring specialty cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Then we move upstairs to the SHED Grange where we will enjoy a succession of small plates, each paired with a selection from the restaurant's esteemed wine program.
During the meal, Charles will be interviewed by food writer Lora Zarubin, who will tease out Charles' story of his native Vietnam, his influences in and out of the kitchen, and the inspiration behind the cookbook. After dinner, guests will have an opportunity to purchase the cookbook at a discount and have it personalized by Charles before proceeding to an elegant downstairs dessert reception, which includes a nightcap and coffee service.
This event is a unique opportunity to share a family-style meal arranged by one of the nation's top chefs in the heart of Sonoma County. As Charles said when he was interviewed after winning the James Beard Award, "It's in our blood to feed people and make people happy." We couldn't agree more.
This event will sell out, so please purchase tickets ahead of time. Tickets for this dinner are $175, including drinks, tax and tip.
Proposed Menu (Subject to change). Please inquire about dietary restrictions.
Specialty Cocktail and Hors D'oeuvres Reception
~ Banh bot loc (Steamed shrimp and pork tapioca dumplings wrapped in banana leaves)
- Live sea scallop with cilantro lime sauce
- Vietnamese fisherman stew
- Steamed pork spare ribs
- Steamed halibut with celery cucumber salad
Dessert, Nightcap and Coffee
More about Charles Phan:
Charles Phan was born in South Vietnam, but when his homeland fell to the Vietcong, he and his family moved briefly to Guam and then settled in San Francisco. In 1995, Phan opened The Slanted Door, a restaurant that broke the mold of the run-of-the-mill "ethnic" joint. "No one was doing a high-design, high-service Asian restaurant," Phan recalls. Instead of serving dozens of mediocre entrées at The Slanted Door, Phan concentrated on a small rotating menu of authentic home-style Vietnamese dishes. He highlighted fresh, seasonal ingredients from small local farms and paired his menus with a creative wine list.
The Slanted Door was an immediate success and has continued to garner praise from restaurant critics across the country. In 2004, Phan won the coveted James Beard Award for Best Chef: California. Driving all of Phan's culinary endeavors is his belief that it is the duty of those in the food business to preserve cultural traditions. "Food is history. You can tell a lot about a culture by looking at how and what they cook and eat," he says. "I would hate to see clay pots go out of fashion 50 years from now."In 2004 he opened Out The Door, 2008 Academy Cafe, and Heaven's Dog, then in 2010, 584 Valencia Street.
More about Lora Zarubin, Chef, Food & Wine Editor, Author, Food Stylist and Culinary Consultant for SHED:
Lora Zarubin was Food and Wine editor for House & Garden, a position she assumed at the magazine's relaunch in 1996 and held until its close in November of 2007. She worked closely with Jay Mc Inerney on wine coverage, and initiated her signature column, "Larder," a page of discoveries, passions, and prejudices about the best things in the world of food. In the fall of 2003, Zarubin published I Am Almost Always Hungry (Stewart Tabori Chang), a book of culinary memories, seasonal menus, and recipes. The book won the 2004 IACP Julia Child prize for the best first cookbook published that year.
She is based in New York City, and currently spends time consulting in Healdsburg, CA.
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