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Sauce Celebrity Chef Series presents an evening with Marcus Samuelsson

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013



Join Sauce Magazine, in partnership with Left Bank Books, for the latest Sauce Celebrity Chef Series event with chef Marcus Samuelsson! Samuelsson is the award-winning chef-owner of Red Rooster Harlem as well as several other restaurants in New York and Stockholm, Sweden. During his impressive career, he has written four cookbooks, received the James Beard Foundation’s coveted Rising Star Chef Award and won Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. Chef Samuelsson will chat with the audience over dinner as he discusses and signs his new memoir, Yes, Chef.

Tickets, available here, are $80 and include a 3-course dinner with wine and beer along with a signed copy of Samuelsson’s memoir, Yes, Chef.

What: Dinner, conversation, reading and book signing with chef Marcus Samuelsson

When: Monday, June 3 – 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: Monarch Private Event Space, 7401 Manchester Road, St. Louis, 314.769.9595

Seating is limited. This event will sell out!

Sauce Celebrity Chef Series presents an evening with Marcus Samuelsson

Thursday, May 16th, 2013



Join Sauce Magazine, in partnership with Left Bank Books, for the latest Sauce Celebrity Chef Series event with chef Marcus Samuelsson! Samuelsson is the award-winning chef-owner of Red Rooster Harlem as well as several other restaurants in New York and Stockholm, Sweden. During his impressive career, he has written four cookbooks, received the James Beard Foundation’s coveted Rising Star Chef Award and won Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. Chef Samuelsson will chat with the audience over dinner as he discusses and signs his new memoir, Yes, Chef.

Tickets, available here, are $80 and include a 3-course dinner with wine and beer along with a signed copy of Samuelsson’s memoir, Yes, Chef.

What: Dinner, conversation, reading and book signing with chef Marcus Samuelsson

When: Monday, June 3 – 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: Monarch Private Event Space, 7401 Manchester Road, St. Louis, 314.769.9595

Seating is limited. This event will sell out!

Sauce Celebrity Chef Series presents an afternoon with Michael Pollan

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013



Sauce Magazine and Left Bank Books couldn’t be more excited to have Michael Pollan as our guest for our next Sauce Celebrity Chef Series event held on Thursday, May 9. From noon to 2 p.m. at Moulin event space, Pollan will chat with us over lunch about his latest book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. Pollan will also sign copies of the book and answer questions from the audience.

Globally, through his award-winning books such as The Omnivore’s DilemmaIn Defense of Food and The Botany of Desire, Pollan has been, slowly but surely, changing the way people think about food. Named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2010, Pollan is an advocate for change in food policy (And believe it or not, he knows a thing or two about how to make good food!).

Tickets, available here, are $55 and include lunch and a copy of Cooked. Ticket sales close on May 7; do not delay!

Sauce Celebrity Chef Series presents an afternoon with Michael Pollan

Thursday, April 4th, 2013


For years now, Michael Pollan has been acting as a collective food-conscience of sorts. Globally, through his award-winning books such as The Omnivore’s DilemmaIn Defense of Food and The Botany of Desire, he has been, slowly but surely, changing the way people think about food. Named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2010, Pollan is an advocate for change in food policy (And believe it or not, he knows a thing or two about how to make good food!).

Sauce Magazine and Left Bank Books couldn’t be more excited to have Pollan as our guest for our next Sauce Celebrity Chef Series event held on Thursday, May 9. From noon to 2 p.m. at Moulin event space, Pollan will chat with us over lunch about his latest book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. Pollan will also sign copies of the book and answer questions from the audience.

Tickets are $55 and include lunch and a copy of Cooked. Buy tickets here.

Sauce Celebrity Chef Series presents a morning with Richard Blais

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Attention St. Louis foodophiles and Top Chef aficionados, crack open your March calendars because Bravo’s Top Chef: All-Stars winner Richard Blais is coming to The Lou.

As part of our Sauce Celebrity Chef Series, Blais will join us on March 30 from 10 a.m. to noon at The Market at The Cheshire. While attendees munch on fresh treats provided by The Market, Blais will provide demonstrations of his expert cooking techniques. From his winning Top Chef dishes (Remember his cornbread with foie gras ice cream and whipped mango?) to his use of liquid nitrogen, ready all your burning questions, for Blais will also be conducting a Q&A session.

Tickets cost $35 and can be purchased here. A ticket includes savory snacks and a signed-copy of Blais’ new cookbook, Try This At Home. Want more Blais? Also on March 30, The Cheshire is hosting a dinner with Blais; find more details here.

An Interview with Smitten Kitchen’s Deb Perelman

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

If you’re anything like us, Deb Perelman is no stranger to your kitchen. We’ve been following the home cook behind the celebrated food blog Smitten Kitchen for years. So when we found out that Perelman was going to be featured in our Sauce Celebrity Chef Series next month, where she’d be demonstrating recipes from her new The Smitten Cookbook and enjoying lunch, we couldn’t hold back our excitement. We quickly set up an interview to chat with Perelman about everything Smitten Kitchen. Read on to see what she had to say about finding inspiration, writing tips for aspiring bloggers and her own celebrity moment.

Apparently, you couldn’t hold back your Smitten Kitchen excitement either, as Perelman’s Sauce Celebrity Chef Series sold out in mere days! Wasn’t able to snag a ticket to the event? You can still catch Perelman as she signs her cookbook at the downtown location of Left Bank Books on March 1 at 7 p.m. And keep an eye out for the blog next month as we cook from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook and give a copy away to one lucky reader in our By the Book column.

I noticed there isn’t a lot of overlap between your blog and your book.
I was very concerned that the book would be a value for people who have read the blog for a long time. If it was all the same or sounded the same – well, people have been getting that for free. So I decided that no more than 15 percent of the blog could be in the book, I wanted to make it overwhelmingly new. And I stuck with that.

Did you choose the most popular items from the blog as part of the 15 percent?
[Laughs]. No, or else they would all be chocolate and peanut butter. I chose recipes that best fit the section that I was working on. Like my favorite way to prepare broccoli and my mom’s apple cake – recipes I just wanted people to have.

Going back to chocolate and peanut butter. The first thing I ever made from your blog was your recipe for chocolate peanut butter cake. I made it for a party, and I must say, the compliments I received on that thing truly made me feel like a capable cook for the very first time.
I think that cake was the first thing that broke my server. Sometimes it takes things like peanut butter cake to realize that you need a better server.

It’s so impressive to find great photography, writing and cooking all in one. Were you interested in one before the other? Or did they build off of each other?
Well, my photography comes third and writing second. I’m always been interested in artsy fartsy things; I love taking pictures; I take them of everything. I love Instagram, and I’ve always enjoyed writing – it was never hard for me – but the cooking is my love.



Where do you get your inspiration for the recipes you create?
Mostly cravings. It starts with being hungry. But it also starts with being out somewhere and having something I like or don’t like and figuring out how I might change it. Or if I find a combo I love, but the preparation is really fussy, I wonder if there is a way to pare it down. Or just from things I’ve always wanted to make – like how could you combine the tastes of hummus and carrots? And then figuring it out.       

Any books that you go to for inspiration?
I know it’s an obvious answer but Mastering the Art of French Cooking [by Julia Child]. Onions seem so boring, but browned onions are amazing. The book takes the simplest ingredients and then lovingly coaxes out the most intense deliciousness out of them.

Along with your great recipes, I think one reason people are so attracted to your blog and book is for your writing. Any tips?
I like a voice that is not too writerly but natural. At first, it’s hard not to sound like other people’s ideas of what you should be – you paint in a way you were taught to paint. Finding your voice is a process; it’s not like one day you achieve it. You gradually become more comfortable putting your mark on it. I don’t have a proper writing background, so I just try to write how I speak – for it to sound like a conversation. I like to picture my mom talking on the phone with a long yellow cord that stretched across the kitchen so that she could talk to a friend while cooking. Recipe writing has always been very succinct, write as little as possible, but rather than three sentences, sometimes mine can be three paragraphs. When you are a nervous cook, it helps to have description. I like to know that the dough is supposed to be sticky or that it will taste too salty but will turn out all right.

I love that you stress the everyday ingredients, so that a home cook doesn’t need to break the bank when buying ingredients, but do you have a favorite luxury ingredient?
I have a bunch. If I’m making a spinach quiche with four other ingredients, that’s a good time to use frozen spinach, but if it’s for a delicate salad and it’s the main ingredient, that would be a good time to splurge and get the best from the market. I think good recipes should transcend good ingredients, but it’s also about figuring out when it’s worth it to splurge. Like I have a workday olive oil for something like cooking an egg, but then I also have a really nice olive oil that I use for finishing. I mostly work with regular unfancy butter, but I love the European stuff with higher butterfat. But why make a layer cake with the most expensive butter? Save that for when you’re really going to taste it.

How much do you have to adjust your cooking now that you have a 3-year-old son?
It changes every week. In the last two weeks, my son has wanted to help me cook which has seemed to make him more excited about eating, but I say that and last night he helped and then he only ate one bite. I have two kinds of cooking now, and they don’t always overlap. Where most of my recipes come from is when I’m wondering what will happen when I make this with this and that – my experimental cooking. With a kid though, we have to put out proper meals. Before my son, it was, ‘Oh honey, I just made this carrot soup, let’s eat it for dinner with a hunk of bread.’ But if I do that now, my son will probably just skip the soup, eat the bread and then I haven’t really fed him properly. I started to have dinner panic around his first birthday. But you figure it out. The tricky thing for me is to stay inspired and to not have to cook the same-old, same-old.

I always think my future children will never be the kids who only eat mac n’ cheese, but I have a feeling I’m going to be completely humbled.
We all are. And nobody’s failing. If that’s what the kid wants to eat, they are going to be fine. I try to find something in the middle. For each meal I try to do a carb, a protein, a cold veg and a cooked veg, and I try to make only one a little scary.

Your blog has been successful for a while, but now with the book, have you had any celebrity moments?
[Laughs] Today, actually. I was at coffee with a friend; we go to this place all the time, and I was sitting by the window and this girl walked by, stopped, and whispered that she knew who I was. I was a little embarrassed. It’s okay though. The people who do come up to me have all been very normal, very nice people – I like it, I really do. Sometimes I forget this will happen, until it does again.

With the success of your cookbook, are you planning on keeping the blog going?
Yes. Forever if I can. As long as it’s fun and enjoyable, and there’s stuff to put up there. My plan is to keep making the site as good as I can. 

— photos courtesy of Deb Perelman

Sauce Celebrity Chef Series presents an afternoon with Deb Perelman

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

For you home cooks out there, when it comes to Deb Perelman, creator of the celebrated food blog Smitten Kitchen, we’re willing to wager that your crush on her is just about as big as ours. Well, we have good news. For Sauce’s next Celebrity Chef Series presented in partnership with Left Bank Books, Perelman is our star!

Join us on Friday, March 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Modesto, located on The Hill, as Perelman demonstrates recipes from her long-awaited The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. Tickets are $45 and include lunch and a copy of her new book. You can buy tickets here. Seating is limited.

UPDATE: This event has now sold out.

Perelman isn’t a chef or restaurant owner; she simply believes that cooking should be fun, and the results should be delicious. After her presentation, she will be available for questions and to sign copies of her book.

Sauce Celebrity Chef Series presents an afternoon of brainy barbecue with Adam Perry Lang

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Adam Perry Lang is Mario Batali’s “go-to-brother for meat and fire.” David Chang attests that “no one knows more about cooking food over fire” than Perry Lang. And now we get the pleasure of hearing from the grill master himself smack dab in the middle of barbecue season.

At his three restaurants in London, New York City and Las Vegas, and in his new book Charred & Scruffed: Bold new techniques for explosive flavor on and off the grill, the classically trained chef explores the meats and “co stars” we love to cook over the coals. From spackles to brines to buttery bastes, his theories and practices make barbecue a complex science. But Perry Lang breaks his process down, giving home cooks the ability to wow their friends with such dishes as smoked pork shoulder with lime coriander salt in their very own backyards.

For Sauce’s next Celebrity Chef Series presented in partnership with Left Bank Books, join us  on Friday, June 15 at Mike Shannon’s “Outfield” patio downtown from noon to 2 p.m. Get tickets here. Perry Lang will discuss his grilling techniques and sign his new book, Charred & Scruffed. Tickets, priced at $45, will include a to-be-signed copy of Charred & Scruffed and a three-course barbecue lunch prepared by Pappy’s Smokehouse’s Mike Emerson and inspired by Perry Lang’s recipes using ingredients from Rain Crow Ranch, Todd Geisert Farms and Straub’s. Varieties of Shock Top beer will be paired with each course. Gelateria del Leone is providing dessert.

Visit eventbrite.com for Adam Perry Lang tickets and more information. Seats are limited.

Sauce Celebrity Chef Series presents A Splendid Friday Evening With Lynne Rosetto Kasper

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

121511_lynneRCWe know, we know; we haven’t even caught our breath from our last Celebrity Chef announcement. But we can hardly wait to tell you about the next event in our Sauce Celebrity Chef Series: A Splendid Friday Evening With Lynne Rosetto Kasper, presented in partnership with St. Louis Public Radio.

The host and producer of The Splendid Table public radio show is returning to St. Louis to discuss her latest book: The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Weekends. In this follow-up to her first book, How to Eat Supper, Kasper celebrates the hours the weekends allow us and encourages readers to use that time to visit new neighborhoods, find new markets, gather new ingredients and learn new cooking techniques, all of which she hopes will instill knowledge and experience readers can carry over into their everyday meals.

Join us at Soulard Presentation Hall on Friday, Feb. 24, from 6 to 10 p.m., as Kasper discusses and signs her new book. Tickets, priced at $35, will include a food and drink reception, the discussion and signing of her book and valet parking. Copies of Kasper’s How To Eat Weekends will be available for purchase for an additional $35 in advance at Left Bank Books and at the event. It’s sure to be an evening of culinary insight and inspiration, so reserve your ticket today via St. Louis Public Radio.

Sauce Celebrity Chef Series presents an afternoon with Gabrielle Hamilton

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

100711_gabrielleAnthony Bourdain called it “Magnificent. Simply the best memoir by a chef ever.” Mario Batali said she “has changed the potential and raised the bar for all books about eating and cooking.” Now, you have a chance to discuss Gabrielle Hamilton’s honest and thought-provoking memoir, Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, with the chef and author herself as she travels to St. Louis for what is sure to be a fun and insightful afternoon.

For the next installment of the Sauce Celebrity Chef Series, join us at Monarch on Monday, Jan. 30, at noon for a luncheon with Hamilton, presented in partnership with Left Bank Books. The chef-owner of New York’s Prune restaurant will read from her memoir while guests enjoy a menu inspired by Hamilton’s memoir and designed by Monarch executive chef Josh Galliano.

Tickets for the event cost $35 and include lunch and a paperback copy of Blood, Bones & Butter, which Hamilton will be signing. Tickets are available for purchase at Brown Paper Tickets and Left Bank Books locations.

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