Thursday, January 1, 2009


The stench of 2008 is finally behind us and I feel a warm hopeful breeze here in the kitchen, ushering in 2009. It's only Day One and it has already started off with a bang. Here's a link to a lovely article, "A Moveable Feast" by Brian Neill in today's Bradenton Herald, highlighting my concept of different chefs, cuisines and menus at Bonni Bakes. Because you weren't there during the interview, I was forced to eat the lobster & diver scallops drizzled with truffle oil by myself. The timing was actually perfect, since it was my birthday. Thanks Brian for the article and Walter for the yummy food.

This article came just one day after Marsha Fottler's piece yesterday in the Herald Tribune's Food Section, "Revolving Chefs". It started an avalanche of folks asking to be added to the email list and I'm always glad to oblige. Thanks Marsha!

While Bonni Bakes was closed during the holidays and you were shopping, eating & partying, I was cleaning, re-organizing and experimenting. I invited Kara & Geneve, friends visiting from out of town, over for pizza and was delighted when three more family members joined them. Thank goodness that Grumpy Old Man wasn't one of them! It was a very diverse group. They had recently arrived from London, France, Chicago and Washington, DC and now were gathered in my kitchen. Seizing the opportunity, I forced them to make their own lunch and they became the first graduating class of Bonni Bakes' Pizza University. We had fun experimenting with toppings (no two were the same). Everyone learned a lot of techniques and in the end our plates were devoid of crumbs. Even Neema, who I’m told rarely eats anything but Indian food, became a pizza convert. Always looking for ways to add more fun into my life, I will be teaching a Pizza Making Class in February. Details and how to sign up will be available soon.

If you can't wait until February, join Chef Walter Murawinski (he's the one from the French Culinary Institute) on Saturday Jan 31 from 6:30-8:30pm for our first cooking class. He'll be taking the mystery out of making today's trendiest hors d'oeuvres while you sit back, learn and relax with a glass of wine. You'll taste everything; have all of your questions answered and go home with new skills and easy to follow written recipes. Limited enrollment, reservations required, $25/pp. Call 941-746-6647 to register.

It's almost time for the Village of the Arts' monthly ArtWalk, Friday Jan 2nd from 6-9:30pm and Saturday Jan 3rd from 11-4. I'll be cooking both times (limited pizza menu Fri night) and Sat lunch 11-2 the usual suspects will be present: thin crust pizzas w/great toppings, homemade soup & roll, salads and desert (including those addictive Chocolate Orgasm cookies). Stroll through the galleries, check out the newest art exhibits and meet the artists. Pick up your copy of the current Village Guide at any gallery, or download info directly from the website

I'm working on the final lineup of chefs for January and will send out menus early next week. Best wishes for a healthy, happy and yummy New Year!

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