The main lobby entrance at Sunset magazine headquarters in Menlo Park, CA. I was invited to join the IACP Culinary Tour at Sunset Magazine and honored to be with a very high profile group of food writers, chefs, authors and other key food industry people. The day started with a tour of the Sunset magazine campus, followed by a seminar and a 6-course menu. The dishes were all from various issues of Sunset Magazine and the menu featured:
TO START: Meyer lemon spritzer (November 1994); Gabriel’s guacamole (August 2006); Indian-spiced guacamole (March 2013)
MAIN DISHES: Grilled Skuna Bay salmon in a bay laurel “cage” (July 2013); Santa Maria-style trip-tip (Sunset Cookbook 2012); Fettucine with sorrel-almond pesto (June 2013); Chez Panisse’s baked goat cheese & spring lettuce salad (May 2007); Roasted asparagus with lemon (May 2005)
DESSERT: Brown sugar strawberry tart
Wente Vineyards Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; Anchor Steam Lager
A view of one of the many gardens located at Sunset magazine. They use the produce from these gardens in their test kitchens and outdoor kitchen.
The wine cellar at Sunset where they carry many award-winning and vintage wines. The oldest being a 1935 pinot noir from Simi Valley.
Loved the vintage Spanish furniture in the wine cellar and throughout the rest of the Sunset.
The whole Skuna Bay salmon wrapped in bay leave branches that was cooked on a grill with oakwood chips. Skuna Bay is a Vancouver Island.
Perfectly roasted asparagus with lemon.
Chez Panisse’s baked goat cheese and spring lettuce salad (my favorite dish).
Margo True, Food Editor with Sunset magazine, moderating the panel about culinary history of California food. Panelists included Jerry di Vecchio (editor at Sunset magazine for 20+ years), Jonathan Gold (Restaurant Critic, Los Angeles Times), Joyce Goldstein (food writer, chef, restaurateur), Sibella Kraus (creator of the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market and founding director of CUESA), Charles Perry (food historian, food writer for Los Angeles Times).
And of course the outfit for the day: Top: Nordstrom – Trouve blouse; Skirt: Banana Republic; Shoes: Target – yes – Target; Watch: Michael Kors.