Painting with Food
What is art? An abstract concept to be explored in many forms? A feast for all five senses? An opportunity to relinquish the cares of the world and focus on self, sensation and appetite? To a chef, the answer is always yes.
Why A Chef?
My name is David Erickson, and I create food. It’s not something I undertake lightly; the things we eat have a lot of significance in our daily lives. The fragrance of a peach, the sizzle of an onion basting in fat, the succulence of a perfect steamed shrimp, these simple ingredients can return us to a farm in Georgia, a grandmother’s kitchen, a restaurant in Chinatown. Food is evocative.
My goal is to create food that evokes a walk in a private garden, a stroll on a boardwalk, a celebration with family and friends. My journey to cooking has taken me to gourmet schools and local farmers’ markets. Every basket of peas begins a new journey, each glistening salmon fillet a new adventure. And it’s my pleasure to offer my gift of adventure to you.
Some people are driven to create art. I am driven to create exquisite food.
My Priority: Fresh Ingredients
The first wave of customers often wear white jackets and pull wheeled carts; soon they are filled with Chioggia beets, red leaf lettuces, Murcott tangerines and Gaviota strawberries. The kitchen crews, for these are the customers first thing, chat amiably with the farm workers, tasting, testing, to bring the very best back to their employers.
Few things bring me as much joy as wandering an open-air street market, selecting a stubby bunch of Nantes carrots, thick as your thumb, long and sweet, measuring finely pointed Haricots verts or verdant snap peas into my sack, wondering what impulse may send these vibrant vegetables crashing into well-chosen spices and herbs, to be transformed into a dish worthy of my knife.
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
What People are Saying
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—Marion and Ken Scholtz
“An evening of culinary delights”
—Gene and Mary Shap
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