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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

kind words from a collegue about last nights dinner and business in general

Very nice to receive a serious plug from Colleen Patrick-Goodreau, renowned veg cookbook author and food activist.

She posted this note to facebook, last night, following our Monday night dinner for 8.
much thanks to Colleen!!

San Francisco Bay Area Folks: Don't Miss These Great Vegan Dinners!
For several years, musician and chef extraordinaire Philip Gelb (of In the Mood for Food) has been delighting people with his delicious fare and music, hosting unique Dinner/Concerts, preparing intimate meals for two or catered affairs for up to 200, and teaching cooking classes.

His dishes are prepared with seasonal, local, sustainable ingredients and lots of attention to detail. We were lucky enough to experience his cuisine tonight as part of his Monday-Night Dinners for Eight, and I highly recommend you do the same. Tonight's menu was Japanese, and subsequent menus for the month of May are Italian, Thai, and Burgers & Fries, respectively.

I've included photos of some of the dishes we had tonight, but here is the actual menu:

We are hosting Monday night dinners for 8, the month of May. These are some of the last events i am hosting in the bay area as i am planning to move this summer. We will host one dinner/concert in May as well on May 15th with the amazing trombone player, Stuart Dempster

5 courses of handmade sustainable cuisine.

Monday, May 3
6:30 pm
Location: loft in Oakland
price: $40/person byob
for reservations, email phil at philipgelb dot com or 510 393 6096

asparagus miso chowder
(asparagus puree, sauteed asaparagus, and asparagus tempura)

(hijiki, collards, daikon, carrots, sprouts with umeboshi sesame dressing)

small plate
(homemade tofu with peas and shitake, shimeji, and enjoke mushrooms served with cherry sesame umeboshi dressing)

(homemade tempeh marinated and roasted in red miso, pomegranate molasses and spices, green bamboo rice and Forbidden rice
cherry wasabi sauce
dandelion greens with walnut miso dressing
burdock and carrot kinpira
lotus root pickled in homemade sichuan chili oil
favas and wakame braised in sake, beets pickled in umeboshi)

(yuza matcha cake
maple matcha ice cream
red bean strawberry sauce)

Those of you who know and love Millennium Restaurant in San Francisco will recognize the intricacies of the menu, similarly created with ingredients that are in season and locally grown.

I highly recommend you take advantage of Philip's culinary creations while you still have the chance. He's threatening to leave the SF Bay Area, which would be a great loss for all of us. I, for one, am determined to do what I can to help him stay, but that won't be possible without the support of those of you who love good vegan food and want to show it off to all your friends.

Visit for a peek at the menu for the upcoming dinners (though they're apt to change based on what's available at the farmer's market that day), and sign up for the Monday dinners now. Four Dinner/Concerts are also on the schedule, so inquire about those as well.

Also, keep Philip in mind for any event you need catered. His food is not to be missed - and it doesn't hurt that he's an incredibly lovely person.

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