You may know him as the Michelin Man, but his real name in his home country of France is Bibendum. His full-figured body and friendly wave grace the covers of all the domestic and international MICHELIN travel and restaurant guides from Shanghai to Chicago.
Here are a couple other fun facts about the always smiling, symbol of both high-quality tires and recommended restaurant/travel guides from around the world.
*In the year 2000 he was voted “Best Logo symbol of all time”
*In 1894, the two founding brothers, André and Edouard Michelin, were visiting the Universal Exhibition in Lyon when they noticed a stack of tires on one of the stands. The overall effect was sufficiently evocative for Edouard to think that, with arms, “it would make a man” – Upon his invention in 1894, tires were actually white, not black – hence his white coloring – ere actually white, not black.
Along with giving stars to well-deserving restaurants around the globe, Bibendum has become quite the star himself. His marshmallow-resembling body can be found on vintage mugs, postcards, posters and magnets and lucky for you, I’ll be giving away some Bibendum swag along with a 2014 U.S. MICHELIN Guide of your choice this month.
Information on how to enter will be posted on Friday, May 30.
The 2013 Michelin Guide for San Francisco goes on sale today and in it, brings a new two-star recipient to the forefront. Atelier Crenn is the latest restaurant to receive two Michelin stars, and this also makes Dominique Crenn, the very first female in the U.S. to receive the coveted honor.
I spent time with Chef Crenn and the team at Atelier Crenn on this special evening, and in case you are wondering what Crenn and crew did on one of the most exciting days of their careers, the answer is plain and simple. Back of the house cooked, while front of the house served their guests a memorable meal and experience. Focus, attention to detail, and passion for their craft, is what elevated Atelier Crenn to this level and even on one of the biggest nights of their profession, they weren't about to stop delivering.
A Walk in the Forest – An Atelier Crenn Signature Dish
Chef de Cuisine Michael Evans & Dominique Crenn
Grains & Seeds – Smoked and toasted w/botarga, trout roe, dashi
Pastry Chef Juan Contreras creating a meticulous Fall dessert
Spiced brioche, candied acorn, apple, squash, celery root
Edible Hibiscus Leaves
Mint Cotton Candy – a refreshing palate cleanser
Post-service kitchen team celebrating
Atelier Crenn – excellent cuisine, worth a detour **
SEE MORE ATELIER CRENN RECEIVES 2 MICHELIN STAR PHOTOS HERE
The seventh edition of the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country will officially go on sale tomorrow, and the much anticipated star recipients were announced today. In Michelin tradition, the chefs received personal phone calls this morning before the entire list was released to the public. The big news was the rise of Atelier Crenn to two stars making Dominique Crenn the first U.S. female chef to receive two Michelin stars. The addition of Atelier Crenn sees six restaurants awarded two Michelin stars in the S.F. Bay Area.
Thirty-four restaurants earned one Michelin star, a significant culinary accomplishment that can be defined as “a very good restaurant in its category.” The three newcomers to the category are All Spice, SPQR and Keiko à Nob Hill.
Here is a full list of the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country 2013 Starred establishments:
Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey
The French Laundry
The Restaurant at Meadowood
** Two stars
Excellent cuisine, worth a detour
A very good restaurant in its category
Alexander's Steakhouse (South Bay)
Auberge du Soleil
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
Keiko à Nob Hill
Sons & Daughters
The Village Pub
Introduction of Chefs at the Friends of James Beard Foundation 25th Anniversary Benefit Dinner held at The Venetian/Palazzo, Las Vegas.
First Course – Bouchon Chef Jacob Wetherington's Roasted Heirloom Beet Salad Sunchokes, Petite Mache, Black Truflle Vinaigrette paired with a Riesling: Hugel Alsace; 2010
Second Course – B&B/ Carnevino Chef Jason Neve's Hand-Made Orecchiette with local Spring vegetables, Arugulat Pesto & Mangalista Pancetta paired with a Bastianich Vespa Blanco; 2009
Third Course – Table 10/ Delmonico Executive Chef Sean Roe's Roasted Sturgeon with Wild Mushrooms, Fava Beans and Red Wine Sauce paired with a Pinot Noir; Hallberg Ranch, Russian River Valley; Emeritus; 2009
Fourth Course – Valentino Chef Luciano Pellegrini's Spring Lamb Medallions over a fava bean puree with a Spring Garlic-flavored demiglace, served with white asparagus tips, butter fried potato tourne, wild mushrooms and fava beans paired with a a Catiglion Del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino; 2004
Chef Olivier Dubreuil's Criollo Chocolate dessert – Chocololate Mascarpone cream, Nougatine Tuile, Sweet Amarena Cherries with Balsamic Reduction
For more photos, visit our James Beard Foundation Dinner Photo Album
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of attending the official press conference announcing the finalists for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards. An invitation-only brunch paired with the highly-anticipated news was held at the The Venetian and Palazzo on the Las Vegas strip. The Venetian houses more James Beard Award winners than any other property worldwide, so it was fitting that both the finalist broadcast and a 25th Anniversary Friends of James Beard Foundation Benefit Dinner later that evening were held on premise.
James Beard's Susan Ungaro, Mitchell Davis, Woody Campbell, John Washko
Spring Pea Agnolotti w/ Crème fraîche & wild morels
Not surprisingly, the brunch menu was plentiful and consisted of liquid wake-me-ups, small plates, live stations and a tempting dessert selection. From a made-to-order House-Smoked Steelhead Buckwheat Crepe with a Fresh Duck Egg, to a basket of European Pastries (I ate three), this brunch was one of those decadent celebrations that Vegas is so good at throwing. Spotted in the crowd were a number of celebrated Las Vegas food and beverage professionals and media including Chef Julian Serrano, Master Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim, Ivo Angelov of Le Cirque and Robin Leach who I will always remember as the host of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.
The full list of the 2012 James Beard Foundation Award finalists can be found HERE. The James Beard Foundation Awards, often called the "Oscars of the Food World" is a prestigious program honoring professionals in the food and beverage industries. This year's Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception will take place on Monday, May 7, 2012 at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City and will be hosted by multiple James Beard Award–winning celebrity chef, television personality, and author Alton Brown.
To purchase tickets for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards, visit HERE
For more info on dining at The Venetian and The Palazzo, visit HERE
For more photos, visit our James Beard at The Venetian/Palazzo Photo Album.
Stay tuned for the James Beard finalist announcements live today at 11am from the Venetian/Palazzo Las Vegas! There will also be a Friends of James Beard 25th Anniversary Benefit dinner featuring some of Vegas’ most acclaimed chefs and restaurants tonight on property. A few tickets for this highly anticipated event are still available via the Palazzo/Venetian website (click on image above).
I’ll be posting pics via Instagram, Twitter and our Food Fashionista Facebook page along with a full recap of the festivities here on the blog as soon as I return back to Cali.
Ciao for now…
The List ("*" denotes a newly starred restaurant in that category):
THREE STARS (exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey)
French Laundry (The)
Restaurant at Meadowood
TWO STARS (excellent cuisine, worth a detour)
ONE STAR (a very good restaurant in its category)
Auberge du Soleil
Farmhouse Inn & Rest.
Fleur de Lys
Sons & Daughters*
Village Pub (The)
2012 MICHELIN GUIDE NEW YORK CITY STARRED RESTAURANTS
Three Michelin stars mean exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey
One always eats here extremely well, sometimes superbly. Distinctive dishes are precisely executed, using superlative ingredients.
Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare
Eleven Madison Park
Two Michelin stars mean excellent cuisine, worth a detour
Skillfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding quality
Gordon Ramsay at The London
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
SHO Shaun Hergatt
One Michelin star means a very good restaurant in its category
A place offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard
A Voce Columbus
A Voce Madison
Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen
Gotham Bar and Grill
Sushi of Gari
Congratulations to Rene Redzepi and team at NOMA in Copenhagen, Denmark which claimed the coveted repeat spot at Number 1 for S. Pellegrino's World's Best Restaurants. If you were surprised to see El Bulli omitted from this year's list, it's due to the scheduled closing of the famed restaurant in future months for a rebirth into a foundation. Even sans a 2011 award, El Bulli will remain a top restaurant in the hearts and appetites of the many who were fortunate enough to have dined there.
Here are S. Pellegrino's World's 50 Best Restaurants for 2011: