Linda Long meets Victoria Moran, author of The Love Powered Diet for a delicious lunch created by Chef Eric Gilchrist. Mezze Platter with warm, grilled pita bread, Butternut Squash Soup with Sautéed Chanterelles and Ginger Soy Meringue, and a Winter Vegetable Cassoulet.
Ritz-Carlton, you say? Yep! Think about it.
Big international “ritzy” hotels have to cater to all cultures and all
the dietary needs of their high-paying guests. And, all their lounge
areas are prepared to receive their guests while traveling, in casual
clothes as well as after-theater dressy times. So, anything goes at any
time, and you can usually sit and linger as you stretch to see who might
be relaxing near you…There is Alec Baldwin! Oh, and over there is James
Cameron, two days after the Oscars and working on what looks like
another meeting for the next big movie. Victoria
Moran, author of Living a Charmed Life and The
Love-Powdered Diet among others, is my lunch guest, and she looks
perfect in the environment, elegant and chic and kind and with wise
things to say. We start with a Mezze plate of hummus and baba ganoush!
However, Chef Eric Gilchrist, created a special dish on the spot (not
any DVP, dreaded vegetable plate). It’s a Butternut Squash Soup that you
want to have everyone near have a sample to explain your expressive
non-verbal sounds with each bite. And, the Ritz-Carlton service extends to us
with the recipe! His other course was a Vegetable Cassoulet, very French
and in the comfort food category in that country. But, instead of the
usual meat in the dish, he used white beans with finely toasted bread
crumbs on top. Oh, please deliver me to live in the Ritz-Carlton in retirement!
Come with us again through more videos coming soon where you are our guest for glorious vegan food – sometimes at unsuspecting places!