Very fortunate to cross paths with Gramercy Tavern's Nancy Olson. What followed was an exchange of emails that led to an invitation to spend the day in one of New York's (arguably, the nation's) most noteworthy restaurants. What follows is a snapshot of the day, from morning muffins, to a trip to the market, to family meal with the Tavern crew.
Blueberry Muffins and just-squeezed orange juice greet us Prep work starts early; a quick look in the kitchen before heading to the market found a flurry of activity. Head Porter 'Mo' (L) presents fresh mint to Pastry Chef Nancy Olson for her inspection at the Greenmarket on Union Square. The market is used throughout the week to keep Gramercy well stocked with local produce. "We don't buy strawberries until we see them in the market." The Greenmarket is a ridiculous tease to those of us not stationed in New York. After exploring Michael Romano's The Family Table, it was truly a magnificent honor to share the family meal with the staff of Gramercy. The responsibility of preparing the staff meal falls on the shoulders of various cooks, yielding a multicultural feast that never sees the public, nary only the crew of the restaurant gets to partake. "Good food is not enough. It's about how the experience makes you feel" Gracious hospitality does not always come with a menu and price.