Culturas 1.0

For the next two months I am doing a series called “Culturas” with my  CR8 dining group..These are my  inspirations of the many global cultures that have affected me and how they come together in a dinner series.

Dishes range from flavors of being in Germany for over a year,  eating for the first time in France, my childhood growing up in the American Southwest and even the Japanese cultural concept of Umami incorporated in a dish and it contains almost no Japanese ingredients.

The setting was the beloved home of Anne Morgan, a creative and kind woman indeed.  Her home is set just below the Hollywood sign with a meditative and serene garden that orchestrated the ambiance for the dinner setting.  The diners were many from the design and art world and even a businessman from Shanghai.  It was exciting for me as I got to work with a great crew of Dana from Bread and Wine catering and Philippe from Events by Philippe.  AC and Adam always direct the service to a tee and flawlessly.  This sets a great platform me to concentrate on what I love best….the food!

Here are a few of the dishes from the dinner.  Hope you all can make the next dinner!


The dinner platform before service

Assembling for the amuse bouche

Offal Vine: Foie gras noodle dish


Santa Fe Clash…spiced compressed prawns, poblano veloute, puffed red and black quinoa, feta powder, avocado drops

Grilled veal cooked four ways

gold beet dish

Inverted chai latte dessert