My first memories are of foraging for edible plants: miner’s lettuce, thimbleberries, blackberries, wild radish blossoms, chickweed, and filaree. As a child, I once opened a restaurant for my friends along the creek that ran through my property. You entered through an opening in the thick brackish ferns. There was a redwood stump table adorned with wildflower bouquets. In my memories those dishes, served on thimbleberry leaves, were the most lovely dishes I’ve ever plated.
In my very young adult years I took care of my mother as she died of cancer. I ran the house and cooked for her. I tried my hand at preparing all the wonderful things she had made for me growing up. After her death I ran away to Florence, where I studied art and culture and landed myself in the home of a wonderful Italian cook. I soaked in everything. I learned about the wild plants of Tuscany. I ate at farms and in the homes of everyone who offered. I have lived there several times since, always with great cooks who have taught me their regional specialties.
Although my experiences have taught me a lot about the science, love, and art that goes into creating a delicious meal, I still strive to recreate the magic of that first dinner party. The beauty of those wild plates, dotted in leaves and wildflowers.
What to expect at Adrienne's place
This review is for a private dinner Adrienne did for my birthday. It's impossible to explain how wonderful this event was - from the beautiful table setting, to the customized menu, the welcoming atmosphere for all my friends (dietary restrictions accommodated) many of whom had never been at an EatWith event before, delicious food including the best birthday cake anyone could ask for! I can't stress enough how strongly I feel that people should go to one of Adrienne's events or request her to do a private event. She is a wonderful chef & human being that you will not regret meeting! :) Thank you again Adrienne!!!