When I learned through
the presses Twitter that Krista Simmons, my one-time (OK, one issue) editor, would be a judge on the upcoming season of Top Chef Masters, I was ecstatic that someone that I know, love and respect would get her enormous food TV cred. Wednesday night was a special night dedicated to her current Bravo Top Chef Masters stint, and pretty much the entire food community was there to support. The love was not lost on our star:
“I’ve wanted to have a cooking show ever since I was a little girl, so the experience of taping Top Chef Masters was sort of surreal. Getting to work with James Oseland, Ruth Reichl and Francis Lam really helped me grow as an on-camera personality as well as in my writing. But the best part of the whole process has been receiving the outpour of support from the LA food community. I can’t believe how many people came out last night! I feel so lucky to be part of such a talented group of industry professionals here in LA.”
Truth be told, I missed the boxing-themed episode with Sugar Ray Leonard also as a judge at the “viewing” party. Of course, it was because I relied on my DVR to pick up the slack while we caught up with old friends and celebrated with new cocktails from Library Bar and bites from Public Kitchen. Good thing she’s on plenty of episodes this season (the more space on my DVR dedicated to friends’ appearances, the better) – so be sure and catch her on Top Chef Masters Season 4!!
Also, you’ll have a chance to taste and sip a few of the offerings we had that night – all while sitting back in posh leather seats in the historic hotel. The new menu is available in the famed lobby of The Roosevelt Hotel, and include the following:
Bites by Chef Tim Goodell & Vartan Abgaryan:
- Burger with blue cheese, Nueske’s bacon, bread + butter pickles, hand-cut Kennebec fries ($16)
- Burrata with bagnet vert and cherry tomatoes ($13)
- Kale salad with currants, pancetta bread crumbs, garlic vinaigrette & pine nuts ($11)
- Chicharrones with chili & lime ($8)
- Kind of Indigo by Danvy Pham: Cilantro, bell pepper, blackberry, mescal & ghost pepper salt ($16)
- Roquette by Matt Biancaniello: Plymouth gin, agave, arugula & lime ($16)
- Seriously Dangerous by Chris Hewes: Tomato, basil, lemon, honey syrup and whiskey ($16)
- Zelda Fitzgerald by Alex Frost: Ginger, grapefruit, Goslings rum, lime, Luxardo and agave ($16)
I am always up for a cocktail made by Matt Biancaniello and his team – and though The Library Bar is a fantastic setting as any, it’s so great to have access to them while meeting up for someone in the casual lobby. Anyway, I’ll see you at The Roosevelt – as always!