The beautiful life recorded for posterity, or the life engaged…?

This past weekend Jim and I took a quick overnight down to Philadelphia.  We’ve only had the chance to go to Philly a couple of times, but have always found it an interesting and approachable city with some great restaurants both new and old. As our trip was winding down, we were sitting at a…

Perhaps we should all listen to Madeleine Albright.

“There is a special place in hell for women who don’t support other women.” It’s a great quote – there is no question of that.  And it has been used by innumerable women for every reason under the sun since Madeleine Albright said it first in a UN speech nearly 25 years ago. I read…

Nasty, brutal, and thankfully short

About 2 years ago, Jim and I took a last minute trip to Portland in the late fall.  It was a long weekend, we spent it exploring the city and eating…lots of eating.  It was for us the start of some very long and very hard conversations. Over coffee, in the middle of a rainy…

Farm-to-Table might just be dead.

I gave a speech on the origins of the “locavore” or “farm-to-table” movement about 5 years ago.  In it, I delved into the history of the term “locavore” itself – coined somewhere around 2004-2005 by Jessica Prentice in San Francisco.  A woman who was committed to a challenge to eat food within her “watershed” and…

holding a grudge…

There is a famous quote, “holding a grudge is letting someone live rent free in your head.”  I’m not sure who exactly said it, but, sometimes I feel they knew me…really well. Grudges are something that I’ve always excelled at. The hard part, is that as a normal person, it was a relatively short list….

on family

I spent the better part of the afternoon making some fried chicken and crumble bars to take on a trip to see family tomorrow.  It is, for us, an important trip – we are going to see Jim’s niece and her new husband in their home.  And with that simple visit, this trip will bring…

The Restaurant Business: My own personal state of the union

I’ve tried to take a few moments to start writing down some of the history of our time at the restaurants.  It finally feels like a good process – not all good, not all bad. I am trying to allow some space for the good memories, and the memories that mean something to have some…

The Great Tart Scandal of 2007

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. – Charles William Elliott About a month after we opened ATH, we had a visit one night from another local restaurant owner and his current chef (a chef who continued with…

where I want to be when I grow up…

When Jim and I made the none too small step of deciding to change our lives abruptly, once again, and move on from the restaurants, it forced one very tough question into the forefront – well, my love, what do you want to be when you grow up? Egads.  That is a question that you…