Friday, August 17, 2007

Town Hall

So I just got back from a cool and breezy trip in San Francisco and one of the highlights of my visit was my dinner at Town Hall. Owner and chef Mitch Rosenthal is an East Coast native who has cooked all over, but one of his favorite experiences was when he got the opportunity back in the 80's to cook with Paul Prudhomme. It was that experience and his love of Louisiana cooking that have shaped his menu that, though grounded in West Coast seafood, is peppered with Louisiana dishes and ingredients. Tuna tartare with fried green tomatoes and BBQ shrimp are served up alongside hamachi and halibut. Mitch's enthusiasm for New Orleans is not only seen in his menu. Every year, he and his staff hold a huge Mardi Gras party, inviting locals to a taste of Big Easy fun. In the past, the event has raised funds for a local charity, but this year, to our delight, he has offered to donate the proceeds to the museum. In addition, he has offered space in the restaurant to house the Restaurant Restorative exhibit. As soon as the dates get sorted out, we'll let all Bay Area residents know when they can visit this amazing restaurant and see the exhibit. In the meantime, if you are in SF, give Town Hall a try.