Back in 2006, my writing instructor shared an article from the NY Post about Gabrielle Hamilton, the chef and owner of Prune in NYC, and one of Hamilton’s chef colleagues. Both women were pregnant while running a popular restaurant. My friend Danielle Friedland also wrote a piece about the dual-pregnancy situation at Prune and Hamilton’s astonishingly quick return to work. Meanwhile, during that exact same time, I could barely make it through a workday just sitting in front of a computer at my desk without wanting to nap or finding something to complain about. How these women managed the grind all day and night in their compact, intense, heat-packed East Village kitchen forever gained my respect.
Chef Hamilton, who is featured in the Times this week, will soon stop in Los Angeles during the promo tour for her memoir, Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef. So far, word on the street is very good and buzz is crazy strong about this book. On Monday, March 14, local beloved chef and superstar mama Suzanne Goin will fête Hamilton at Lucques on Melrose with a celebratory dinner and book signing. The three-course dinner costs $95 per person and includes a copy of the book (sold via Book Soup). Sounds like an amazing date/adult night, complete with a memorable meal and compelling reading material to take home.
Call 323-655-6277 to reserve; credit card required, and the restaurant will be open that night from 5 to 10 p.m.
The full menu follows after the jump.
Blood, Bones & Butter dinner in honor of Gabrielle Hamilton at Lucques Restaurant
- Asparagus vinaigrette with Dijon mustard, eggs mimosa and American prosciutto
- Split-roasted Sonoma lamb with potatoes from the coals and salad of English peas, pea shoots, Meyer lemon and chanterelles
- Cornmeal shortcakes with strawberries, mint and crème fraîche