Zest Dinner Club – “Japan” June 22, 2013

My culinary travel to Japan…


I have loved Japanese food for a very long time and these are some of my favorite dishes. If you can attend I would love to share these courses with you. I may also add some treats along the way if I can!

Starter: Sushi Sampler
Course 1- Uni Carbonara with Sake Sampler
Course 2- Foie Gras Chawanmushi with Sake Sampler
Course 3- Mangalitsa Miso Ramen with Foie
Course 4- Dessert

Menu Items Subject to Change

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Mangalitsa Pork Ramen Event by Zest Dinner Club



Location: Palo Alto @ 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Mitchell Park 600 E Meadow Dr Palo Alto, CA 94309

Come out on this warm spring day for the first official Zest Dinner Club event.

Price: $16/bowl for Mangalitsa Pork Belly Ramen with 63 degree egg, mushrooms, home-made ramen noodles in a pork miso broth.

We like to keep our casual events simple by having only one flavor of ramen and limited to the first 12 customers served first come-first serve. Payment by credit card using PayPal card reader, or cash (exact amount appreciated).

disclaimer: The payment is for a one-time membership to the Zest Dinner Club and not for food.

Please call 650 996 0487 or email zestdinnerclub@gmail.com with any questions.

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Polenta, 63 Degree Egg, Mangalitsa – Dish In Process

This is one of the dishes for the July 14th dinner in Pacifica and I wanted to share it while I am perfecting the final version. When I thought of this dish for the dinner, I imagined buttery mashed potatoes with butter poached prawns and a 63 degree egg. One night I was cooking and I saw a box of polenta. So I gave this dish a whirl with polenta mixed with marscapone and butter. Topped with a 63 degree egg and some sous vide pork loin you have this very decadent dish. The final dish will have a larger portion of mangalitsa pork belly, the egg, micro greens, and a generous portion of polenta.


The Kids Cook Monday – January 24, 2011 “Success In Harlem”

One of the reasons I started to write and document my cooking adventures with my daughter is the importance of family meals. This was one of the few times when growing up that my family sat down together during the week. I hope that she will be able to understand the importance of cooking at home with family and share it with future generations.

Columbia University launched a The Kids Cook Monday cooking class for families in Harlem in the fall and the families that attended reported the program very successful. Most families began to cook family dinners even after the program was over. Why is this so important? Foundation and education are paramount for healthy cooking and spending time at dinner. This applies to all income levels and social classes. Below is the flyer and a sample video of the cooking class. Congratulations to the program in Harlem and look for my article on “Healthy Pizza” on my next update for The Kids Cook Monday.