Green Plum Cooking School – Sat, Dec 5th
I wouldn’t say I’ve been procrastinating writing this blog, it’s more like not wanting a good book to end, so you read it in extremely enjoyable chunks — not too fast, not too slow.
I keep thinking about them: Caleb & Deirdre, Deirdre & Caleb. Caleb Barber and Deirdre Heekin run a tiny restaurant in Woodstock, Vermont called Pane e Salute (http://www.osteriapaneesalute.com). My friend, Gracie Cavnar (founder/director of Recipe for Success, an organization dedicated to fighting childhood obesity – http://www.recipe4success.org), knows Caleb and Deirdre well and came up with the idea of having t’afia host a book signing with them when they came to Houston. Well, the book signing turned into an entire weekend of events with them and I was excited about the whole thing.
Caleb and Deirdre have an extremely small restaurant in Woodstock. They only have 8 tables and “turn” them once a night, meaning they seat and serve those 8 tables only once each night and then close it up. Caleb is alone in the kitchen except for a dishwasher (who washes every dish and glass by hand). Deirdre runs the front of house or dining room, acting as sommelier, waiter and General Manager. I always thought of their restaurant model as the perfect “retirement” restaurant for me when I’m done doing what I’m doing. We’ll see! (more…)