About a week before we left for New York on this last visit, we had dinner with friends at Stateside here in Seattle. I completely spaced on writing about the extraordinary meal we had until I was looking through images last eve, so I thought I would share this with you all today. It all started about a year ago when we were hosting a book signing at the Home store for cookbook author, Dorie Greenspan. A gentleman, Eric Johnson, came to the signing to see her. He was just about to open Stateside. They had known each other when Eric was a chef in Paris, and had kept up over the years. Time passed quickly and we had yet to dine at his new spot, just a few blocks from The Gainsborough.
From the Stateside website:
With strong culinary ties to both France and China, the fresh flavors of Vietnam make perfect sense to Chef/Owner Eric Johnson. Eric recently returned to the States after more than a decade working and living abroad in Paris, Shanghai and Hong Kong. With family roots in the Pacific Northwest, his goal was to open a casual restaurant in Seattle that reflects his culinary experience abroad. “Both geographically and culinarily, Vietnam is a good central point for all of my experiences. It’s the natural meeting point of French and Chinese food. I feel like Vietnamese food borrows some of the best aspects of both cuisines, the fresh herbs and the acidity. And, of course, Vietnam has its own spectacular dishes. So we’re going to concentrate on Vietnamese food borrowing a bit from the natural partners of French and Chinese cuisine.”
We were blown away by the combination of flavors and loved every bite. We decided to dine family style between the 4 of us as everything sounded so good on the menu, that way we were all able to try a variety of dishes, which I highly recommend. So good!
We are thrilled to be hosting a book signing for the fabulous & creative & talented Dorie Greenspan and her new book Baking Chez Moi. The event is Tuesday the 4th of November from 5 to 7. The first 50 folks to sign up and buy a ticket in advance will get a personalized copy of the book by Dorie, plus a voucher for 25% off all your additional WK purchases for that evening–if so inclined to do a little shopping too. Sparkling wine, cider and other tasty treats will be served. Ticket price is $40 + tax. Please call the shop at 206.652.8350 to reserve your spot or e-mail me at email@example.com. Tickets will also be available at the door the eve of the event, minus the voucher, so buy early to capture this swell deal.
This is Dorie’s 11th book. Yes, you read that right, 11th! Called a “culinary guru” and for good reason, her new cook book centers on a collection of charming uncomplicated contemporary desserts, upending our ideas about French baking. A fab gift but also a keeper for your own library. Dorie is a Watson Kennedy customer and just one of the coolest, nicest folks. You will love meeting her.
What a fun evening it will be and what a fab way to kick off the Holiday shopping season!
Our first order of Beurre & Sel savory cookies arrived late yesterday afternoon. I snatched up 2 of the cool tubes to have as nibbles for the dinner we were hosting last night. Within no time of setting the bowls down, they were gone. These could be a problem. They are so good you can’t eat just one. Maybe one tube of them, but not just one cookie. Made by 4 time James Beard winner Dorie Greenspan in New York along with her son, Joshua, these are sure to please. I selected Rosemary Parmesan and Sesame Sea Salt as the flavors to bring into Watson Kennedy for their more savory bent. They are perfect served alongside a martini, glass of wine or bubbly. The stylish tubes makes these ideal host/hostess gifts.