Thanks San Fran readers who came to my meet-up!
From left, that’s Sabrina of Yum Sugar, my old college friend Kristen of Give Me Some Food, my new college friend and a person who has dreams about me and Craig adopting her and several other children, Catherine of Food Musings and the mysteriously shrouded couple behind Bunrab.
Bunrab has an amazing story that I’m going to share with you now. When these guys got married, around 1995, they were scouting out locations in the Napa valley. They stumbled into Yountville and saw a man tending a garden in front of a cozy house and they assumed the man was a gardener. “We’re looking for a place to get married,” they said, “is this place available?”
“Well,” he said, “in a month it will be. I’m opening a restaurant here.”
So Bunrab came back a month later and decided to check it out. “The food was extraordinary,” they said, so they booked the place. It hadn’t received much attention yet, and they loved the pristine setting.
The place, it turns out, was The French Laundry. The man was Thomas Keller. And Bunrab was the first couple in French Laundry history to get married there. They’re now regulars and closely affiliated with the restaurant, but can you imagine randomly choosing a place to get married and having that place turn out to be one of the greatest restaurants not only in America but in the entire world?
Bunrab, if I give you some money, will you pick some stocks for me? I have a feeling you’ll be good at it!