Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Have dinner with Chef David Tanis TONIGHT!

Tuesday, November 9 @6:30pm
This event takes place at Bacchus 
925 E. Wells St., Milwaukee, WI 53202, (414) 765-1166
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Have dinner with David Tanis, chef of the groundbreaking Chez Panisse, in Berkeley, California, where the menu consists solely of a single perfect meal that changes each evening.  Tickets are $135 per person, and include one signed copy of Tanis’ new book Heart of the Artichoke.
Nobody better embodies the present-day mantra "Eat real food in season" than David Tanis, one of the most original voices in American cooking.  His new soulful, fun-to-read cookbook opens with his own private food rituals, and those treats - jalapeno pancakes, beans on toast, pasta for one – to make when you are on your own in the kitchen with no one else to satisfy. Then he follows with twenty incomparable menus (five per season) that serve four to six.  Tanis' recipes are down-to-earth yet David tanissophisticated, simple to prepare but impressive on the plate.
Author bio: Six months a year, David Tanis is head chef at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, where he's been since the 1980s, helping to define the restaurant's wildly influential style. He spends the other half of the year in Paris, where he hosts dinners of international renown. David's French kitchen is a six-by-ten-foot galley with a rickety stove, a small sink, little counter space, and a half-dozen well-used pots and pans. Tanis has been featured in The New York Times, Gourmet, and Saveur; and is the author of A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes.

Comic Books Are Not Just For Kids Anymore

Batman Potpourri: Batman: Year One by Frank Miller & David Mazzucchelli, The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, and The Dark Knight Strikes Again by Frank Miller. Fall is in full swing. What better time to catch up with the Caped Crusader!

If you’re over the age of 18 and enjoy reading comic books and graphic novels from publishers like Vertigo and Fantagraphics, come to a meeting of Not Just for Kids Anymore, The Washington Park Comic Book & Graphic Novel Book Club. Books that will be read in this group are the equivalent of "Rated R" movies and are not appropriate for children. Intended for mature readers (18+).

The Literature Book Club

The literature book club will be discussing Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen. The club is free and open to anyone who would like to attend!  

"It is rare that I literally laugh out loud while I'm reading, but Janzen's voice—singular, deadpan, sharp-witted and honest—slayed me." —Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

Not long after Rhoda Janzen turned forty, her world turned upside down. It was bad enough that her husband of fifteen years left her for Bob, a guy he met on Gay.com, but that same week a car accident left her injured. Needing a place to rest and pick up the pieces of her life, Rhoda packed her bags, crossed the country, and returned to her quirky Mennonite family's home, where she was welcomed back with open arms and offbeat advice. (Rhoda's good-natured mother suggested she get over her heartbreak by dating her first cousin—he owned a tractor, see.) 

Written with wry humor and huge personality—and tackling faith, love, family, and aging—Mennonite in a Little Black Dress is an immensely moving memoir of healing, certain to touch anyone who has ever had to look homeward in order to move ahead.

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