The sun has finally come back out. You would think after spending so many of my past summers in Alaska that I would be used to being in the depths of a soul less day. But the crest of the sun has pierced the horizon and it’s rays have begun to reinvigorate my life and warm my soul.
First and most importantly, I traveled to Sonoma and was married to the love of my life at the Madrona Manor among 20 friends and family with a meal that could have surpassed the 1 Michelin star already held by the venerable mansion. A massive Raw Bar was served during the cocktail hour. I know it took every ounce of will that my friend Bill could muster to save me just ONE local oyster. Then we partook in a seated dinner outside under the trellis that overlooks the gardens and vineyards in full bloom. We had carpaccio with truffle, gnocchi with clams and bacon, Pasta with uni, Beef strip loin with tongue and Wedding cake with layers of currant. A 3 litre of Fred Sherrer’s best reared its head at one point too. I really cannot express how happy I am to be married to Mrs. Stephanie Parkman Bridges. She is by far the most incredible woman I have ever met and the only person I have ever loved more than myself and I am one SELFISH MF!
Second, after traveling far and wide across the country, I have been offered the job of Executive Chef of the Upperline Restaurant in my home town of New Orleans. It is a great fit for me, my new family and The Rooter To The Tooter. There will now be a venue to physically experience the lifestyle and cuisine for which I have been preaching.
I will see you here and hopefully I will see you there.