Red Rooster Harlem and Ginny’s Supper Club) is on the road promoting his new memoir, Yes, Chef, which chronicles his amazing life journey from a tuberculosis-stricken orphan in Ethiopia who nearly died before the age of three to being adopted into a Swedish family and eventually becoming a world-renowned chef, first in Europe and later at NYC’s Aquavit. As part of that tour, Samuelsson will touch ground in the Bay Area for two appearances. The first, held tonight, is an already-sold-out three-course dinner at Camino in Oakland, but it’s not too late to snag a spot for Thursday, when he will be back in the city guest-cheffing a special lunch at Jardinière. Tickets to that event cost $110 per person and include the lunch, wine, tax and tip, plus a signed copy of his new book. Reservations can be made online or by calling the restaurant.
You can read more about Samuelsson dishing about his life growing up, the role of race in kitchens and his early run-in with Gordon Ramsay in this recent Zagat interview.
July 12, 12:30 PM Jardinière, 300 Grove St., 415-927-0960.