A chef of many talents, Chef Ken Frank of the acclaimed La Toque in Napa, will be our guest this evening to talk about his recent trip to the home of White Truffles, and cooking at the Fiera del Tartufo Bianco D’Alba. We'll hear about recent trips to Barcelona, Florence, Rome and future travels from London to Copenhagen with O’Shaugnessy winery in June.
We'll also hear what it takes to get the Grand Award from Wine Spectator, one of only 74 in the world.
Food trends are always on our mind ……and we'll talk with Ken about some of theses - using the whole beast, more interesting use of vegetables - such as curing, fermenting, and pickling, and the grand quest for umami.
Tune in, pour a glass of wine and sit back for an entertaining hour of all things culinary!
Ken FrankExecutive Chef and Owner of La Toque
Acclaimed Chef Ken Frank is entirely self-taught and brings a distinctive, personalized touch to his contemporary French cuisine at La Toque restaurant.
Frank’s love of French cooking began when his father moved the family from California to Yvoire, France. Frank chose to remain in France and began his culinary career as a dishwasher. After returning to California and refining his skills, Frank first achieved national acclaim at age 21 at the Los Angeles restaurant La Guillotine. In 1979, he opened the first La Toque on the Sunset Strip. After a 14-year run, Frank sold the restaurant and in 1995 to open the award-winning Fenix at the Argyle.
In 1998, the second incarnation of La Toque made its debut in Rutherford, California at The Rancho Caymus Inn. La Toque was awarded a Michelin Star in 2007, the first year the organization published a San Francisco Bay Area guide.
In 2008, Frank moved the restaurant to The Westin Verasa Napa. La Toque has continued to be well-received by the nation’s top critics and reviewers. In 2008, La Toque earned a three-star review from the San Francisco Chronicle’s Michael Bauer and in October 2009 was honored again with a Michelin Star, which it still retains today.