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Simi Valley, August 24, 2007

A DINNER WITH TALENT
Just Impeccable

Simi Valley residents are very appreciative of Sylvain Rivet's restaurant Amuse Bouche. On Friday, August 24, they got even luckier when long-time friends Eric Frechon, executive chef at the Le Bristol in Paris, and Josiah Citrin from Mélisse in Santa Monica, one of our Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. for 2006, joined their culinary expertise in Rivet's kitchen to prepare a meal to remember. The trio cooked a five-course menu offered at $65 and at $95 with wine pairing—a bargain considering the three talents behind it.

Eric Frechon Josia Citrin
The masters at work, Eric Frechon (left), Meilleur Ouvrier de France, Josiah Citrin, (top), are so concentrated that they keep their eyes on the plate.

Sophie Gayot & the chefs
Eric Frechon, Sophie Gayot, Sylvain Rivet, Josiah Citrin celebrating, in the kitchen, the successful evening.
Sophie Gayot, who had just returned from Paris, was happy to share the evening with guests who came from all over Los Angeles and Ventura counties, including Simi Valley mayor Mr. Paul Miller. If we had to rate the meal, it largely deserved a 17/20.







If you missed it, here are pictures of what was served:

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Sweet pea mousseline, mint gelée, asparagus foam.
Gazpacho of Maine lobster, guacamole spiked with espelett pepper.
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Crispy black bass, baby spinach with curry oil.
Duo of short ribs, braised in red wine, chanterelles, pearl onions, potato galette.
Passion fruit parfait, coconut sorbet, lemongrass broth.
Molten Valhrona chocolate cake, Bourbon vanilla ice cream.

Let us hope to see Eric Frechon back in the Los Angeles area soon, so the trio can strike again!

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Photos: Sophie Gayot
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