Join us this month as we discuss "The Sorcerer's Apprentices....a Season in the Kitchen on elBulli".
What goes on behind the scenes at elBulli? Elected best restaurant in the world by RESTAURANT magazine an unprecendented five time, elBulli is where chef Ferran Adria's remarkable cuisine comes to life---with dragon cocktails that make the drinker breathe smoke and caviar made from tiny spheres of olive oil. elBulli is also the object of culinary pilgrimage--millions clamor every year for a reservation at one of it's tables. Yet few people know that, behind each of the thirty or more courses that make up a meal at elBulli, a small ARMY of stagiaires--apprentice chefs, labor at the precise, exhausting work of executing Adria's astonishing vision. In the SA, Lisa Abend explores the remarkable system that Adria uses to run his restaurant and, in the process, train the next generation of culinary stars. Granted more access than any other writer in the restaurant's history, Abend follows thirty-five young men and women as they struggle to master the cutting edge techniques, grueling hours, furious creativity, and interpersonal tensions the come with working at this celebrated institution. What emerges is an irresistible tale of aspiring young talents caught, for good or ill, in the opportunity of a lifetime. The stories also reveal a Ferran Adria few ever see, one who is not only a genius chef, but also a boss, teacher, taskmaster, businessman, and sometimes-flawed human being.
As an update to this book.....elBulli closed it's doors this year and is re-inventing itself as a creative center for all things culinary. Gone is the cherished restaurant that accommodated only 8000 diners per season while receiving over 2 MILLION requests for reservations~!! I can't wait to read this.....what do we think their demise was? Rumor has it that even at the astronomical price of a meal here AND the heavy demand.....it was not financially sustainable to run at the level he required...WOW!
Here's how we will roll:
1. Meetup promptly at 5:15 at Bar Lolo to discuss the book. PLEASE read the book in it's ENTIRETY....just doesn't work if all attendees haven't read or are prepared to discuss....thank you .
2. Bar Lolo....a spanish themed tapas bar has a great HH menu with selections from $2.00 to $9.00.....such things as Patatas Bravas, Grilled Chicken Skewers, Albondigas, Empanadas, Braised Oxtail, Lamb Sliders and much more......House Wine is $5.00 a glass, Draft Beer $4.50, and $6.00 Cocktail Selection. Please bring CASH....it makes splitting the bill SOOOO much easier.
3. Fee for the meetup is $7.50. .....$5.00 will be handed back to you at the meetup. $2.50 goes toward meetup and website fees as I don't charge a yearly or joining fee. Thanks for understanding~~.
4. The book has received EXCELLENT reviews and can be purchased through Amazon for as little as $1.50 (not including shipping).....it is also available on Kindle.
Hope you can come out and join me for a fun evening and conversation with fellow foodies and cooks~~Don't be shy if you are a "newbie".....you will find we are a very warm and inclusive group!