• Manresa Bar Bites
• David Kinch Celebrates with Michelin and L'Hôtellerie Restauration
• Jim Rollston Earns Title of Master Sommelier
• Addresses We Like
• Manresa Bread Opens in Los Altos
• Summer in Full Swing at The Bywater
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Manresa has introduced a new bar menu, inviting guests to enjoy a couple of bites along with their glass of wine or round of cocktails. Available exclusively at the four bar seats on a walk-in basis, the menu currently showcases some of Manresa’s own product including its four-year aged Santa Cruz ham with toasted Einkorn crusts “con tomate” and grilled levain from Manresa Bread served with foie gras. Additional bites include a caviar tart, sea bream served sashimi style, a selection of American cheeses, and churros con chocolate “combawa.” Guests can find the new bar offerings with the cocktail menu.
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Manresa is proud to announce Wine Director Jim Rollston has earned the prestigious title of Master Sommelier as awarded by the Court of Master Sommeliers in May. Rollston is one of only three wine professionals in the United States and Canada to earn the Master Sommelier designation in 2016. Since the Court of Master Sommeliers was established in 1977, only 233 wine professionals have earned the title, 149 of whom are part of the Americas chapter. We are so proud of Jim and are honored to work alongside him.
Photo: Riccardo Savi
Mauro Colagreco and Restaurant Mirazur
At the end of May I traveled with a couple of team members to Menton on the Cote d’Azur to cook with my friend Mauro Colagreco. We’ve known each other for years and he asked me to come cook for the 10th anniversary of his restaurant, Mirazur. Of course, I said yes ... immediately.
We became fast friends more than ten years ago in a kitchen in Toulouse. We share a mutual love for gastronomy, the pleasures of the garden, a good time, and the similarities of the California Coast and Cote d’Azur. It’s been a privilege to cook with him at Manresa and all over the world and an honor to cook in celebration of this milestone with the Mirazur team.
Mirazur is one of our favorite tables in France, a colorful, flavorful delightful kitchen with all the aromas of the French Riviera. It is a restaurant to seek out not only for their great cuisine but an amazing view of the sparkling Mediterranean.
In celebrating their ten years, they invited ten chefs to participate in the yearlong festivities. Manresa was the first to kick off the anniversary. Mirazur has our highest recommendation and we are proud of our long-standing friendship and collaboration.
Photos, top: Jilly Bennett
A New Favorite Hotel in Paris
The Hotel Marquis Faubourg Saint-Honoré is a beauty—a relatively new property that is also just celebrating its first year with Relais & Chateaux.
It occupies a place of exception within the luxurious Faubourg Saint-Honoré district in the intimate setting of an 18th century private mansion on the rue d’Anjou, the former home of the Marquis de La Fayette, This central location puts you in walking distance to landmarks such as the Louvre Museum, the best of luxury shopping, and some of the most prestigious gastronomic addresses in the Capital. Michele Bonan, the renowned architect and interior designer who lives and works in Florence, has been seduced by the beauty of the mansion and its ideal location in the center of Parisian chic.
Classic, yet contemporary in design, comfortable, warm and intimate, this boutique gem shows a stylish decor with respect to the history of the mansion. The result is a place of distinctive luxury with the unique atmosphere of a private home. We love it and can’t wait to go back. Highly recommended.
Manresa Bread celebrated the opening of its second retail location in downtown Los Altos on June 1 with an official ribbon cutting and grand opening event joined by Mayor Jeannie Bruins, members of the city council, neighboring business, and more. You can find all of your favorite breads and pastries along with a full-service coffee program featuring Santa Cruz-based Verve Coffee Roasters at the new location.
Manresa Bread is located at 271 State Street in Los Altos and 276 N. Santa Cruz Avenue in Los Gatos and is open daily from 7am–3pm. It is also available at the Campbell and Palo Alto farmers’ markets on Sunday and Portola Valley market on Thursdays. Stay connected with Manresa Bread by following them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Photo: Manresa Bread Instagram
They are channeling the New Orleans summer heat at The Bywater, shaking it up with some new cocktails to help you keep your cool during these warmer months. Bitter, strawberry-phosphate, rum, and lemon come together in the Cure-All Cooler or for a kicked up version of sweet tea, try the Southern Hospitality with rye whiskey. Chef David Morgan also added a couple of new dishes to his summer menu—Boudin stuffed peppers and a duck, boudin, and vegetable ragout. The Bywater is located at 532 N. Santa Cruz Avenue. For hours, check out the website and for the latest on specials, events, and more check out The Bywater on Facebook, twitter and Instagram.
Photo: The Bywater Instagram