(Blogger’s Note: This is the first in a three part series. It’s my annual “Thank You” to many of those who have helped, enlightened, read, listened to or had the courage to bring bread to my table through out the past year.
Where did the year go? It strange to begin talking about the year past, it seems like spring hiring just ended, yet Christmas hit Starbuck’s weeks ago and Halloween hardly had a chance.
Thanksgiving is the official start of my holiday season. And, as always, I’d like to reflect on all those culinary people and events I have to be thankful for.
Joe Rombi of La Mia Cucina in
Of course he didn’t. None was made. However, I pushed the point. I explained to Joe that I would be on the first tee at 7:00 a.m. with my seven associates. I would be following the leaders around all day until 2:00. At that hour I would be headed for a steam and message. At 4:00 I would be napping only to awake at 5:00 for martinis before proceeding to his restaurant at 7:00 so I would arrive at La Mia Cucina at 7:30, and I better have a table.
Joe, in his normal, hospitable style attempted to calmly explain that would be impossible. After a few more moments of aggressive bantering Schmekelman dropped a name- mine- and Joe went off with language that is unprintable in any blog. He made my January this year. Thanks, Joe.
Bill Lee, another good friend in the
I can’t give thanks without mentioning Adam Platt. Platt, Senior Editor of Minneapolis-St.Paul Magazine has been a friend an associate for 20 years and I am thankful for that. We have followed each other’s careers and on occasion get together to dish about those who dish. Adam is the best. I had dinner with Adam and his lovely wife at Bistro Jeanty in September as we caught up on Michael Morse,Andrew Zimmern and the sizzling
Tomorrow more on Zimmern…