C&Z Anniversary Get-Together: Important Update

Verjus Due to an unforeseen administrative snag, the C&Z Anniversary Get-Together has been rescheduled to Friday, October 21. The venue has not changed: it will be held at Verjus, the wine bar that my friends Braden and Laura (of Hidden Kitchen fame) are just about to open. We’ll be there from 8pm, but feel free to drop by whenever you like. I apologize for this change of date, and hope to meet you there!

Verjus, 47 rue Montpensier, Paris 1er, +33 (0)1 42 97 54 40 (see map).

C&Z Turns Eight! + A Paris Get-Together

Tiny Flowers

Today marks the eighth* anniversary of Chocolate & Zucchini. And just like last year and every year before it, I am divided between two feelings: on the one hand, I can’t really remember what it felt like to experience life without a blog. On the other hand, I consider the years, months, and days, and I think, wow, it certainly is a long time to be keeping an online cooking journal. This year is an especially meaningful milestone, as it appears I have been blogging for an entire quarter of my life**. It’s a little dizzying to think about.

And as always, I feel compelled to mark this anniversary by thanking you, dear readers, for being here. Some of you have been reading since the early days, and some have known me for a shorter while, but it is all of you, with your different backgrounds and opinions and talents, who make it worth my while to write and share here. Your support, your comments, and the way you weave your own stories into mine, make my life immeasurably richer, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

VerjusIf you’re in Paris on Friday, October 21 (rescheduled from October 14), I’d like to invite you to join us for a celebratory drink at Verjus, the wine bar that my friends Braden and Laura (of Hidden Kitchen fame) are just about to open. We’ll be there from 8pm, but feel free to drop by whenever you like. I hope to meet you there! Verjus, 47 rue Montpensier, Paris 1er, +33 (0)1 42 97 54 40 (see map).

* Isn’t “eighth” an awkward word to spell?
** Because yes, 32 divided by 4 is 8.

Gontran Cherrier’s Rye and Red Miso Bread

Rye and Red Miso Bread

My biggest heartache as a temporarily nomadic cook, traveling from kitchen to kitchen while my own is being renovated, is that I’ve had to put my bread baking aspirations on hiatus.

I’d been baking a weekly loaf of pain au levain since I first got my sourdough starter two years ago, so not being able to do so leaves a gaping hole in my routine.

And while my starter Philémon marks the days on the wall inside the fridge (poor thing), I’ve had to go back to bakery-bought bread.

The flavor of this bread is unlike any rye bread I’ve ever had, thanks to the the genius pairing of the malty aromas of rye with the umami sweetness of red miso.

You might think that would be bliss, living in Paris and in an arrondissement where bakers win more awards than in any other. But the truth is I’m quite particular about my bread, and we’ve suffered through a few disappointing loaves, including a rapidly staling Paume that had evidently not been baked on the day I bought it.

Fortunately, our friend Gontran Cherrier, whom we’ve known for a few years, had the brilliant idea of opening his bakery right in our neighborhood last December, and his breads have shed a much happier light on our breakfast tartines.

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Vegetable Tasting Dinner @ Bob’s Kitchen

Bob's Veggie Menu

I am excited to announce that I will be co-hosting a vegetable tasting dinner in Paris on June 25th and 26th with my friend Braden, co-owner and brilliant chef at the underground restaurant Hidden Kitchen where I’ve staged a few times. The dinner will be held at Bob’s Kitchen in the 3rd arrondissement, the wonderful vegetarian lunch restaurant where I worked in April.

Braden and I will be cooking a ten-course tasting menu that will focus on the glorious French vegetables* one has access to in June, and will be served with natural wines paired by Juan Sanchez, who runs wine shop La Dernière Goutte in Paris.

I hope you can join us! Dinner will start at 8pm, and the price is 80€ per person (ten-course dinner, paired wines included). Reservation requests are taken through email: please send your choice of date and number of guests along with your names and e-mail addresses at bobsveggiemenu *at* gmail *dot* com.

Update: Both nights are fully booked, but you can still email us to be placed on the waiting list, and we’ll contact you in case of a cancellation.

You can view the flyer, and read what Braden has to say about the event.

* Please note that the dinner will be vegetarian, but not vegan.

Paris Event Reminder

Are you in Paris this weekend? Would you like to meet? Good news, we have two opportunities to do so!

On Saturday, October 16, join me at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France from 11am till noon, for a discussion on food blogs (in French) as part of a series of talks called Les Samedis du Savoir. (The event is free and open to the public.)

And on Sunday, October 17, please come and have a drink with us as we celebrate the 7th anniversary of Chocolate & Zucchini at Café Charbon; we’ll be there from 7pm (109 rue Oberkampf in the 11th, see map).

I hope you can make it to one or both of these occasions, and I look forward to meeting you in person!

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