Chef David Kinch and General Manager Michael Kean were in London last month to receive an award for #38 of the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants.” My friend Maggie was on hand for this spectacular event and upon hearing I was headed back to SF made me promise to dine at Manresa. So upon my arrival in San Francisco: step 1: rent car, step 2: make reservations at Manresa. Last night was the opening of their outdoor patio dining and their Modernista tasting menu. We started with a Cava (sparkling wine from Spain), Sherry and orange twist aperitif served with gougeres and from there we put ourselves into the hands of the very talented chef and his food and wine tasting menu.

Country-style Pate & Homemade Pickles

Marrow Bean Soup with Slow Cooked Egg

Moules & Frites with White Wine, Parsley & Garlic

Roast Snapper Catalan-style with Potatoes & Mushrooms

Slow-cooked Pork Shoulder in an Egg Sauce
with Tripe Stew and a HUGE CARROT

Almond Torte with Stewed Cherries and Chantilly

320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030
Tasting Menu : $75
Wine Pairing : $56

Manresa – From London to Los Gatos 7 August,2008Cucina Testa Rossa

  • Anonymous

    Had dinner there last night (wife’s birthday) – fabulous

    also, the pricing is determined daily (unless you got the 4 course maybe?) on Friday it was $98 + $65 for wine pairings

    worth every penny (which I’d have laughed at before I ate the food)

  • David Kinch

    Actually I WAS there and had a wonderful chat with Maggie and all her friends. We had a great time… If we are open, I tend to be there.

  • rory berger

    I was at the modernista dinner as well (took my mom as a mother’s day gift). Dinner was excellent, I especially liked the snapper. I didn’t particularly care for the almond torte (my mom liked it a lot though), but the cherries on the side were incredible. How did you pack so much flavor into those little cherry halves??? Thanks for a great meal, I look forward to coming back for the full tasting menu soon.

  • Amy Sherman

    My mistake! I was under the impression the chef was out of town…sorry!

  • David Kinch

    no worries!
    come and see us sometime.


Cucina Testa Rossa

After a decade in Silicon Valley, Laura traded her keyboard for a cutting board and moved to New York City to immerse herself in food and wine studies and restaurant operations. She graduated from the French Culinary Institute where she studied under Master Chefs Jacques Pépin, André Soltner, Alain Sailhac, and Master Sommelier Andrea Immer. While in New York, Laura cooked with some of the world’s most highly acclaimed chefs including Mario Lohninger (Danube), Morimoto, Mark Franz & Emily Luchetti (Farallon), Michael Romano (Union Square Café), Mario Batali, Marcella Hazan, Jonathan Cartwright (White Barn Inn), Martin Heierling (Bellagio), Dave Pasternack (Esca), Richard Reddington (Redd, Auberge du Soleil), and the legendary Alice Waters (Chez Panisse).

After working as the Back Kitchen Chef of Jacques Pépin’s PBS cooking show, “Fast Food, My Way”, Laura moved to France to cook her way around the country. She cooked at the Cannes Film Festival, then to the northwest corner of France, to Britanny, to cook on a lobster boat, then east to Paris to the world famous Pierre Hermé Patisserie where she made thousands of his macarons every day! Laura cooked for the fabulous Olivia de Havilland and interned at 3 Michelin Star Le Cinq under Chef Philippe Legendre and Pastry Chef Fabrice Lecleir. Laura was the executive chef and cooking instructor at the DaVinci Code chateau outside of Paris where she was on set during the filming of the movie.

In Fall 2007, Laura worked on Jacques Pepin’s most recent PBS television series as prop and food stylist. “More Fast Food, My Way” should air in the Spring of 2008. “My Keyboard for a Cutting Board ~ Adventures in a French kitchen v1.0”, Laura’s first book highlights her first three months cooking in France, was published in Summer 2006. Convivialité is her second book and will hopefully be published in the fall.

Laura now splits her time between Paris and the San Francisco Bay Area doing private chefing, teaching cooking classes and leading market tours when in Paris. Bon Appetit!

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