Only one Bay Area traveler would pack abalone for a trip to France.
That would be the acclaimed chef David Kinch, whose journey to collaborate and cook with three other top toques is chronicled in “A Chef’s Voyage,” a 90-minute documentary premiering this Friday, Sept. 18.
This meeting of the culinary minds was planned as a 15th anniversary celebration for Manresa, his three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Los Gatos. To represent the best of coastal California cuisine in Paris, Provence and Marseille, the film’s co-stars — sous chefs, pastry chefs and the like — had to leave room in their suitcases for local seasonings and ingredients such as the aforementioned abalone on ice.
In “Voyage,” we see the team overcome jet lag and language barriers to prepare nine top-tier meals in 10 days in the kitchens of Le Taillevent, L’Oustau de Baumanière and Le Petit Nice.
The flick, from First Run Features, normally would make its debut on the big screen. But with theaters closed due to the pandemic, the premiere becomes a virtual event for at-home viewers. Three local theaters, however, will receive half of the proceeds from each $10 ticket purchased to support them during this tough economic time.
To watch, buy tickets at FirstRunFeatures.com/chefsvoyage_playdates.html. Click on the Pruneyard Cinemas in Campbell or the Rialto Theaters in Berkeley and El Cerrito.
And then pour yourself a nice glass of wine.
What pairs best with this cinematic journey? We asked Kinch, who suggests a Provençale rosé.
Oktoberfest: Bay Area restaurants offering outdoor dining, meals to go
Bay Area Fuddruckers all staying open, despite corporate shakeup
Oktoberfest at home: Beer and brats kits, baking German-style pretzels
New sushi restaurant, Kanpai, opens in Dublin
Study: Adults with Covid-19 about ‘twice as likely’ to say they have dined at a restaurant
But if you want to go all in on the French theme, Manresa’s chefs are preparing a special family meal this week that’s centered on a decadent bouillabaisse with lobster, cod, sea bream and clams. Order via www.exploretock.com/manresa.
Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle