Post by Jess Anderson
Impossible as it may seem, today marks 10 years since Howard
passed. Friends, hoist a glass to his memory and hold kind,
loving thoughts for Ken.
Thanks for posting this, Jess -- it had completely escaped
my mind due to my ridiculously stressful life these days.
Ellen and Ned joined Aric and I for dinner last night for
a nice meal. I had been craving petrale sole stuffed with
crab, so it was a good excuse for that along with some
cous-cous and haricots vert. With this we had a fabulous
bottle of '96 Veuve Clicqout champagne. I've always been
very fond of this wine it and was, in fact, Howard who
first introduced it to me at the very fabulous Cafe
Jacqueline here in the City (for those not in the know,
she specializes in souffles, the lemon ones you can smell
half a block away). For our first course, Aric has found a
source here in the city of duck confit which is actually
really, really good -- all you have to do is pop it in a
hot oven to reheat/crisp it and you're good to go. We
served this over some greens with crispy leeks. With this,
I decided that it was finally time to pop open my last --
and oldest -- bottle of Chateau La Louviere ('90). Howard
and I were wine shopping somewhere in Berkeley (maybe even
Kermit Lynch, but I can't remember) and he insisted that I
buy some. It went perfectly with the course, though we
thought very hard whether it would be better to have a
bottle of '96 La Marche Vosne Romanee.
Which of course reminded me of the time that Howard
insisted on widening my Burgundophile tendencies (waaaaay
before that execrable Sideways P.O.S. set Pinot Noir onto
the me-too radar), by insisting that we go to Auberge
d'Soleil up in Napa plying me with an old Stag's Leap Cab.
After the meal, I somehow let loose that I still liked a
good Burgundy more which caused an argument between Howard
and _Ken_ the entire way to Robert Stemmler in the Russian
River Valley. What fun.
Has it really been 10 years? Why are our memories still so
vivid? In any case, we couldn't have had better company to
hoist a glass or two, and as always with the traditional,
Michael Thomas (***@mtcc.com http://www.mtcc.com/~mike/)
E Unum Pluribus: California out of the US.