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Here Comes the Sun

September 3, 2011 by David Bridges

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.



  1. chicken Fried Gourmet says:

    congratulations on both sets of good news.

  2. christhefoodstampgourmet says:

    Dave you deserve all the good stuff you have been getting lately and more. Congratulations and best wishes forever. Now its my turn speaking of selfish M.F.s

  3. panu says:

    Ooooh congratulations! And okay, I hate you because the food just sounded deee-vine!

  4. Congratulations! Your bride is beautiful and the meal sounds fantastic! You deserve New Orleans! Can’t wait to hear of your continuing adventures.

  5. Angie White says:

    Holy frijoles – huge news on both counts! Congratulations and congratulations! I have only been to Upperline once but now I am super excited about my second visit! Can’t wait to see you in NOLA (although sad we’ll be seeing less of you here in Shreveport; Lim will certainly miss you too).

  6. Sam says:

    I thought of you and yours again and again during your wedding trip to my adopted homeland. I’m glad someone I know was there to enjoy and revel in its beauty and awesomeness!

    We will be making our annual trip to NOLA for Halloween next month, and cannot wait to enjoy your culinary genius once again (it’s been way too long!) at your new place of employment. I hope you’ll have time for a visit! We’d love to meet Stephanie!


  7. I wonder what happened to Dave….

    • Dave says:


      I very much enjoyed the Maque Choux and Fried Chicken you teased us with the other day. I am close to hurdling some of those personal obstacles that life presents in order to accept big rewards. At the moment all of my free time has been taken up from some pretty unfortunate reasons. But I have been doing some great things at my new job. Confit de Geisers Cassoulet with Foie Gras Buttered Pecan Brioche is on the menu tonight just to name one dish.
      It will be fairly soon that I shall return to writing.


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