I had the pleasure of attending a demonstration by Chef Keller last weekend at the Culinary Institute of America! It was amazing! I followed it up by volunteering at his book signing event. I had a great time taking pictures of the attendees with the Chef, and had one taken too!
Thomas Keller's Puree of Sunchoke Soup
1/2 cup thinly sliced yellow onion
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 3/4 cup sunchokes, peeled and sliced about 1/4 inch thick
1 tbsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
Heat a large heavy-bottomed stock pot over medium heat. Add olive oil , onions and salt. Sweat the onions until they are soft and translucent.
Add the sunchokes and enough water or stock to just cover the sunchokes and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook until the sunchokes are very soft. Transfer the contents of the pot to a blender and puree. Strain the soup through a fine mesh sieve and adjust the seasoning with salt and sugar. Optional, add croutons to garnish and enjoy!
I love Preston Bailey!!! He's an incredibly talented floral and event designer. We were able to share our experience as Macy's Flower Show designers, he in New York, and me in San Francisco. Of course his design was amazing!!! And, he was a lovely person to meet and chat with. He didn't make it on talent alone, although he has it in abundance, as his kind personality comes through very profoundly. Here's a link to the amazing birds Preston created from orchids and tropical flowers. http://blog.prestonbailey.com/2012/04/06/macys-flower-show-2012/
This weekend only Fleur De Vie will have its design displayed at the Macy's Flower Show at San Francisco Union Square! The theme this year was Brazil! Lush, tropical and exotic!
Here's the gown I designed using purple ti leaves, birds nest leaves, and drascena leaves with a hypericum berry necklace.
Here's another view. Check out the little dog on the bottom left of the design. The gown has a commodore petticoat under the purple ti leaf skirt. Also, she's has some amazing strappy heals made with ti leaf stalks and cut leaf.
And, you can't have a gown without a mushroom, orchid, succulent, and date bustle!
Oh, and a little parrot resting on a large fiddle head fern on a plate of blue glass peeking out behind the design!