One of the perks of being a food lover in Houston is that there are endless restaurants to try and many opportunities to meet food idols. Chef Michael Chiarello was in Houston this week, signing copies of his Bottega cookbook and bottles of his new line of wines, which are exclusive to Central Market. I had the pleasure of meeting him and having him sign a copy of his cookbook. Inside the front cover he penned, “Love as you cook!” I was also curious where he was going to eat while he was in town, so I asked him. He pulled out his iPhone and told me he was going to meet some friends at Uchi, an award winning Japanese and sushi restaurant. I haven’t made it there yet, but it’s on my list of restaurants to try.
His Bottega cookbook is filled with recipes from his Bottega restaurant in Napa Valley. I’m having a friend over this weekend and we’re going to make an Italian meal, which will include Chiarello’s Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Marcona Almonds and Pecorino.