Chris Beerman's 2011 Food Find: Gathering
SFoodie is calling up food types around the city to ask them about their favorite discovery of the past year, whether it's new or ancient, an ingredient or a person. We'll be running their responses through the end of the year.
|Chris Beerman with pastry chef Cheryl Burr.|
"As a chef and owner of a small interactive restaurant, I think my favorite discovery this year is recognizing the appreciation and common bond that my customers have with eating a meal and having me cook it for them in my restaurant."
He continues, "Going back to the value set of how important sitting down to dinner with friends and family, while eating, drinking, sharing stories, catching up on current, past, and future events in my restaurant has given me a better respect for my customers and how my restaurant makes them feel."
He adds, "Seeing the same faces several times a week between brunch, lunch, and dinner helps me understand that not only do I provide a service but I also help bring people back to where we all come from, and that's the meal, period. We all race around from place to place during the day, stare at computers, talk on the phone, blog, tweet, find new friends on Facebook, but when the day comes to a close the place we congregate is at the table. This is my favorite thing of this year, and I look forward to next year being able to continue to explore us as eaters, family members, and friends who seem to end up in my restaurant on a daily basis."