July 7, 2007

Lucky 070707 in Burgundy

Kerry Sear with mousserons.JPG Tomatoes from Brittany.JPG

According to the rental car's dashboard digits, it's 11:11 on 07 07 07, the temperature is 22.2 degrees and I've driven 333.3 kilometers since leaving Paris. What does it all mean? That would be the coincidence of crossing paths with Seattle chef Kerry Sear at the bustling Saturday market in Beaune, of all places.

Normally, he's leading tours of the Pike Place Market, then returning to Cascadia to make lunch for the gang. But he's winding up a two-week vacation in France split between Paris and Burgundy. And at today's weekly farmers market, he's seriously impressed with the richness of produce, meat and cheese, from $1.25 a pound on-the-vine tomatoes to the piles of foraged mousserons and girolles. "No big fuss about 'organic' here, is there?" he observes. "No need."

In Paris last week, Kerry spent a day in the three-star kitchen of the George V, another day watching 14 line cooks prepare small plates for the 24-seat at the Atelier Joel Robuchon. Back home, it's going to be Urban: Paris with Paris-on-the-patio wine tastings in August, Rural: Burgundy in September. Inspiration, that's what vacations are all about, n'est-ce pas?

Posted by Ronald Holden at July 7, 2007 7:13 AM

Ron, sounds like you're having a great time in France--how funny that you ran into Kerry!

I don't know if you remember me but we had lunch years ago--I do custom itineraries for travelers to the Pacific Northwest. I wanted to email you about a Seattle area food & wine tour I've set up for late September (featuring Kerry among other chefs) but I could not find your email address or a link on your blog. Please contact me at your earliest convenience, thanks!!


Posted by: Sheri Doyle at July 11, 2007 2:31 PM