Monday, August 09, 2010

Alexandre Gauthier to Cook at Manresa

Join Manresa for the Late Summer Harvest Dinners
with David Kinch, Alexandre Gauthier,
and Love Apple Farm

Manresa is pleased to welcome guest chef Alexandre Gauthier of La Grenouillère, who will cook with David Kinch on Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12 for the Late Summer Harvest Dinners.

Alexandre Gauthier is the 31-year-old chef de cuisine of La Grenouillère (the frog pond) in the Auberge de la Grenouillère. This family restaurant, located in La Madelaine-sous-Montreuil just outside of Montreuil-sur-Mer in the north of France, received its first Michelin star in 2007.

"I am particularly excited to have my good friend Alex come to Manresa to cook," says David Kinch. "For me, he symbolizes the new, young generation of chefs in France. He is not afraid of outside influences in his cooking; yet he always remains unmistakably French. Simply put, his food is modern, vibrant, and exciting."

Early in his career, Gauthier was noticed by Alain Ducasse, who recognized his talent and invited him to cook two of his dishes at Fou de France at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris.

The Food Snob blog praises Gauthier, saying that, "Without doubt the most outstanding and exciting characteristic of Alexandre Gauthier's cuisine is his willingness, his eagerness to explore things unfamiliar—to question what others readily accept as absolute."

The Late Summer Harvest Dinners with Alexandre Gauthier continues Manresa's legacy of bringing the world's greatest chefs to Los Gatos for exclusive appearances, including René Redzepi of Noma, Alain Passard of L'Arpège, and Mauro Colagreco of Mirazur.

Cynthia Sandberg of Love Apple Farm will be harvesting the fresh, late summer vegetables selected by the chefs from her biodynamic farm. Love Apple Farm has been growing the finest biodynamic vegetables and provisions exclusively for Manresa since 2006.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience the collaboration of David Kinch and Alexandre Gauthier. Two wine pairings selected by Wine Director Jeff Bareilles will be available. Open seating begins at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The eight-course Late Summer Harvest Dinners with Alexandre Gauthier are $195 per person, exclusive of wine, tax, and gratuity. Reservations are available by calling Manresa at 408.354.4330. We hope that you will join us.

See photos of La Grenouillère
Please note that the regular menus will not be offered on these special evenings.
Reservations are not available on OpenTable for the evenings of September 11 & 12.