My neighbor and his lovely wife Tolan are very generous. Quite often they invite me to their store to meet very talented chefs and cookbook authors. I walk over from my house and they offer me wine and cheese when I arrive. Can you imagine what a Foodie like me thinks about all of this? AAAAAGGGHHH!
Cate was part of the team that helped open The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, California in 1995. She has been the marketing manager at Greystone for over 15 years and in that time she has been working, cooking, eating, gardening and going to the farmers’ market with many of the chefs and other food and wine loving members of the Greystone community. I immediately felt a Foodie Kinship with Cate, and then found out we grew up in adjoining neighborhoods in the midwest. I really like this woman.
When Cate talked about food and cooking, there was a certain hush throughout the store. Her words are mesmerizing. You can almost taste the food she speaks about. I quote from her book, “I had something of a Garden of Eden story in reverse: I reached out to pick a perfectly plump and ripe fig from a one-hundred-year-old tree. I still remember that taste of my first fresh fig.”
And then, after describing how she “scraped the carmelized flesh of the butternut squash from the skin”, Cate served us this.
And perhaps it was the amazing Cali 351 Chardonnay that Cate’s husband Michael was pouring, or the heady fragrance of the toasted pumpkin seed oil steaming from the soup, but I ran to the register to call this book my own.
Given that I can walk to Tyler’s beautiful store, or drive to Greystone in 45 minutes, I truly am a Foodie in Paradise.
Enjoy your weekend!