Neal Cooper has invited cookbook author Joan Nathan to his wonderful North Miami bistro this Monday, January 10, at 9 p.m. for a book signing and four-course meal called "My Search For Jewish Cooking In France" -- the subtitle for Ms. Nathan's book Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous. The $85 dinner will include a signed copy of the cookbook.
"She'll going to be here signing books and talking to everybody," says chef/owner Cooper. Petit Rouge doesn't usually host literary events, so I asked him how it came about.
"When Joan was in town for the Book Fair she came over to my restaurant and had dinner and loved it. I knew she was coming back to do an event at Books & Books (on Tuesday evening at the Gables location), so I said 'What about doing a book signing-slash-dinner at Petit Rouge?' I'm doing all the recipes from her book. I mean I've got a French bistro, we already do that genre (of food) anyway, and I'm Jewish. A lot of my customer base is Jewish too, from Aventura. So it's a perfect fit. "
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The menu is rather exotic, and sounds very enticing. First course is Algerian swiss chard with lentil salad in a mustard vinaigrette. Next comes a fennel salad with cucumber, lemon and pomegranate, followed by choice of four main courses: Provençal lamb; Moroccan chicken tagine; veal tongue with capers and cornichons; and sea bream with preserved lemon, tamarind, and ginger (for 2). Dessert picks are Valrohna chocolate almond cake or figs gratinee. The meal is bookended by an amsue of buckwheat blini with smoked salmon and créme fraiche, and French macaroons and chocolate truffles. As I say, that's a real nice lineup, but...where's the chopped liver? Or is it chopped foie gras?
There willl be two seatings: one at 7 p.m., the other at 9 p.m. Call for reservations at 305-892-7676.
12409 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami