On a cold winter’s day, nothing hits the spot like a little choucroute garni from the mind (and talents) of Eric Klein at Spago.
This little piggy went to market, got slaughtered, then was turned into a delicious roast porchetta by Valentino chef Luciano Pellegrini at the Epicurean Affair at the Palazzo (for ELV’s and other’s delectation), and thus deserves a place of honor on this website:
Btw: As an aside, it should be noted that the spread and variety of vittles put out by Pellegrini at all of these Epicurean (and other) charity events far surpasses the provisions provided by other participants. As to what ELV is doing standing with Vintner Grill GM Peter Varela and three topless ladies in tasty snap #2, all we can say is it wasn’t our idea and we tried not to look…but not very hard.
Bill Niman used to supply us with our favorite beef and pork products at Trader Joe’s. Over the last year or so, they’ve become increasingly less visible on those shelves — just as Bill Niman gradually became less visible at the company he founded, until he was forced out last year for being a bad businessman. Funny how no one called him that for twenty-five years, as he and partner Orville Schell were building up the company with meat products every chef in America coveted.