Some of our marketers had quite the adventure on their way to product development meetings in San Francisco last week.
Follow along with them as they’re treated to some very special hospitality by one of the pioneering local/organic chefs in the Bay Area, restaurateur and cookbook author Jesse Ziff Cool. Jesse has traveled the world meeting farmers, chefs, shop keepers and families, seeking and enjoying local and sustainable foods and traditions along the way.
We met Jesse at an Expo event, and have maintained a friendship and mutual admiration ever since. We’re also fans of her cookbook, Simply Organic.
She invited our group of marketers — Kory, Brian, Clint and Brett, to visit her at her beautiful home and one of her restaurants while they were in the area.
First stop was Jesse’s beautiful home. Kory and Brian posed for a photo in front of the house. Note the CoolEatz license plate – the name of Jesse’s restaurant and catering company.
Inside, Jesse graciously treated the group to some delicious appetizers featuring our herbs and spices.
Jesse has served a colorful array of guests in her home. Her neighbors include some of the most famous names in Silicon Valley. Here, Clint and Brett decide to reenact Steve Jobs and Bill Gates’ visit to Jesse’s house, since they were sitting at the same table.
Jesse spontaneously showed off the contents of her spice drawer. Very impressive!
She then hosted a tour of the grounds, including her garden and chicken coop.
The group then moved on to one of Jesse’s restaurants, the Flea Street Café in Menlo Park. From left, Brett, Clint, Jesse and Kory.
The Flea Street Café menu features fresh organic local and seasonal foods. Menu items range from superb salads to elegant entrees.
The crab cakes – beautiful presentation and delicious, by all accounts.
Jesse truly believes that sustainable cuisine links together people, ingredients, respect for the environment and culinary traditions.
Our group certainly enjoyed her demonstration of living these principles on a daily basis.
Thanks again, Jesse!