Manresa Celebrates 10-Years With A Series Of Guest Chef Dinners July 11-15

Award-winning James Beard Chef David Kinch

To celebrate Manresa’s10-year anniversary, Chef David Kinch will host a nightly series of “Cooking with Friends” dinners from Wednesday, July 11—Sunday, July 15. On the first three nights, Chefs Michael Cimarusti of Providence in Los Angeles, CA; John & Karen Shields, who are opening a restaurant in Philadelphia later this year; and Carlo Mirarchi of Roberta’s in Brooklyn, New York, will each collaborate on separate tasting menus with Chef Kinch, available for one-night-only. For the final two nights, Chef Kinch will welcome some of Manresa’s most notable alumni—Belinda Leong, John Paul Carmona, Charlie Parker, James Syhabout, Jeremy Fox, Michael Gaines, and Marty Cattaneo—to each prepare a course for the weekend tasting menu.

“This is a huge milestone not only for me but also for the entire team at Manresa,” says Kinch. “I thought the best way to celebrate would be to offer a few one-of-a-kind menus in collaboration with my friends. But I’m most excited about the weekend dinners. I’ve invited some of our former chefs back into the kitchen. It’s fun to be working with them again and to see the ideas they have for the menu.”

Manresa’s Cooking with Friends dinner series will include:

July 11: Michael Cimarusti of Providence

At Providence, Chef Cimarusti is known for creating menus that are “inspired by the natural abundance of coastal living.” To highlight this, he and Chef Kinch will collaborate on a multi-course menu themed “Sea.”

Cimarusti is the co-owner and executive head chef of Providence Restaurant in Los Angeles. His career has spanned positions in New York, Paris, and LA, at restaurants including Larry Forgione’s An American Place, Le Cirque, Arpege, La Maree, Echiverri at Fauchon, Spago, and the executive chef position at The Water Grill.

July 12: John & Karen Shields

The husband and wife duo, Chefs John & Karen Shields, will create a multi-course menu with Chef Kinch following the theme of “Fruits & Vegetables.”

The couple met while working at Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago. John moved on to the sous-chef position at Alinea. The pair then gained acclaim for their 28-seat restaurant Town House in remote Chilhowie, VA. In 2010, John was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs.” They recently announced plans for a new restaurant opening later this year in Philadelphia. This dinner at Manresa will give diners a chance to experience dishes that might appear on the new restaurant menu.

July 13: Carlo Mirarchi of Roberta’s

Friend and colleague Chef Carlo Mirarchi of Roberta’s in Brooklyn, New York will create a multi-course menu with Chef Kinch following the theme of “Pasture, Meat, and Forest.”

Mirarchi opened Roberta’s in January 2008 as chef and partner. In 2011, he was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs,” and received reviews from the New York Times for his “marvelous” pizzas and reservation-only tasting menus, and from Bloomberg magazine for serving some of “New York’s most deeply satisfying Italian-American” cuisine. His courses for the anniversary dinner at Manresa are representative of the more refined tasting menu offered at Roberta’s.

Beautiful exterior facade of Manresa Restaurant

July 14 & 15: Manresa Alumni

Each of Manresa’s featured alumni chefs will contribute a dish for the multi-course tasting menu served on Saturday and Sunday.

Former Pastry Chef Belinda Leong (soon opening the much anticipated B Pâtisserie), former Chef de Cuisine and Pastry Chef John Paul Carmona (Partner at 3 Mile Group), former Chef de Cuisines Jeremy Fox (chef at Paper or Plastik in Los Angeles, CA) and James Syhabout (chef/owner of Commis in Oakland, CA), and former Sous Chefs Charlie Parker (executive chef at Freddie Smalls in Los Angeles, CA), Michael Gaines (chef de cuisine at Central Kitchen in San Francisco, CA), and Marty Cattaneo (executive chef of Dio Deka in Los Gatos, CA).

The “Cooking with Friends” dinners on Wednesday, July 11—Friday, July 13 are $175. The Manresa Alumni Dinners on Saturday, July 14 & Sunday, July 15 are $198. Prices are per person not including tax, tip, or wine pairings. Reservations can be made by calling Manresa at 408.354.4330.

Manresa restaurant has been a fixture in the Los Gatos community for 10 years. Chef Kinch’s distinctive California cuisine is inspired by French and modern Catalan cuisines, European traditions and refinement, American ingenuity, and the vast bounty California has to offer. Named one of the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” in 2012 by Restaurant magazine and awarded the James Beard Foundation “Best Chefs in America” award for the Pacific region in 2010, Chef Kinch was recently featured in GQ, Food Arts, and multiple local publications including the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco magazine.

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