Long Weekend Eats (and Drinks)

bread, wine, and friends

This extra-long weekend was anything but typical.



We kicked it off in grand fashion by sharing an incredible meal at La Laiterie with our visiting friends Anita and Cameron of Married With Dinner fame. We all went for the “Chef’s Whim” tasting menu, and for the next 2+ hours, were treated to a dazzling array of local fare, exquisitely prepared by Chef de Cuisine Ben Sukle and his team.

second course

third course

nice pinkie

fourth course

palate cleanser

fifth course

Delicious, inspiring food.

final course, sweet

final course, savory



We bid Cam and Anita farewell on Saturday, after a spin through the farmers’ market and lunch from the truck, and the rest of our weekend looked something like this:

Redemption Rye Sazerac

leaping frog chicken

all about the tomatoes

decisions, decisions




Dinner: September 5, 2010

Ledge Ends serranos


Dinner: September 6, 2010

My already long weekend was extended by a day, as I was asked to be interviewed by a team producing a new street food series for Food Network Canada today.

Jen on camera

I’m not typically a fan of being on the other side of a camera lens, but Tina and Lauren put me totally at ease, and I had a great time talking up the Hewtin’s Dogs Mobile truck.

Dietsch on film

Mike even got in on the action.


I’m not sure when the show’s air date will be, or even if it will air in the States, but I’ll keep you posted. Happy September, everyone.

(As always, you can click the photos to view them with more detail in my Flickr stream.)

11 thoughts on “Long Weekend Eats (and Drinks)

  1. You look GORGeOUS in those pics. I’m sure you sounded great too. And I’m jealous of your weekend meals, everything looks fab. Is that shiso/perilla tempura on dessert?

  2. Camille says:

    I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada & this summer we had a re-vamp of our food street vendors. Our city held a lottery for those interested in becoming new street vendors. They were chosen randomly & now we have 12 new vendors. Unfortunately, there were several gliches in the procedure & as of late, the process is being re-designed. I look forward to seeing who will be successful in the next lottery & what delicious options we’ll have for noshing! I am anxious to see your clip on Food Network Canada…how truly exciting!!! My food guru & her sweetie on our national food network!!!

  3. You look so HAPPY and so CUTE in the pics of the FNCanada shoot. I know that’s not what this is about, but I just need to mention it – seriously.
    Also, the La Laiterie “Chef’s Whim” tasting menu looks beautiful, and the poached egg dish is *definitely* swoon-worthy. Dear me. Yum!

  4. Jennifer Hess says:

    Thanks so much, everyone! It was an incredible weekend, and it definitely went a long way toward recharging my batteries. And the shoot was… definitely an experience 🙂 Thank you all for your kind words.

    mary – close – it was candied shiso, and it was lovely.

    Christine – if you click on the photos, it will take you to their pages in my Flickr account which are notated with all the details 🙂

  5. Yea Jennifer! Glad you’re back. Your weekend looks fabulous. Hope this weekend is another great one!

    P.S.-Keep us posted on the Food Network thing! That is exciting!

  6. We had *so much fun* with you last weekend! Your photos from the Chef’s Whim menu are awesome! (OK, that’s two more exclamation points than I would normally use, but you deserve it.)

    Thank you for introducing us to the La Laiterie/Farmstead folks, and all of your farmers market favorites. And of course the Hewtin’s team… oh man, I am still dreaming about that sandwich.

    Come visit us soon in SF, pretty please.

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