SF Personal Chef Garbo Featured in Gourmet Magazine

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Garbo’s Food Photography & Styling Featured in Gourmet Live Blog

GOURMET LIVE BLOG PERSONAL CHEF REMIXES ICONIC GOURMET COVERS

POSTED ON FEBRUARY 20, 2012 BY KELLY SENYEI

We came across personal chef Claude Garbo‘s Gourmet magazine styling series and couldn’t resist sharing a sneak peek with you. Chef Garbo finds inspiration from her collection of Gourmet magazines dating back to the 50s and 60s, replicating the food and styling setups of the iconic covers, such as the beignets pictured above.
Chef Garbo selects the dishes to replicate based on the food she prepares for her clients, as well as on the vast array of vintage cutlery and serving dishes she’s collected over the years. She uses natural light to capture the true essence of each meal, from the perfectly placed cocktail glasses to the artfully styled ingredients.

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Origins of the Christmas Cookie

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Christmas Cookies today have historical roots based on biscuit recipes from Medieval Europe which contained ingredients such as ginger, black pepper, almonds, cinnamon and dried fruit. During the 16th century, Christmas biscuits grew in popularity across Europe which included lebkuchen (a traditional German baked Christmas treat that resembled gingerbread), the papparkakor (a ginger snap) which was popular in Sweden and in Norway it was the krumkake (thin cylindrical lemon and cardamom scented waffle cookies) that were all made at Christmas time.

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Garbo’s Thanksgiving Feast with a Renaissance Flair – November 2011

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History of Thanksgiving Foods and its Influence on Renaissance Europe

Much of the food from the early Renaissance period was left over from the Middle Ages until Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas in 1492. Soon, trade brought in new and rare delectables into the Renaissance kitchens like oranges, corn, sugar and chocolate that started with the nobility and trickled down to the farmers and peasants. It took considerable time for these victuals to catch on in Europe, but one exception was the Turkey. About 30 years after Columbus, Cortez discovered the American turkey in Mexico around the 1520s. At that time, Turkey was known as “Indian Chicken” and this bird gained popularity very quickly. In addition to being delicious, turkey made a flamboyant centerpiece for banquets when dressed in all its feathers and plumes.

Fruit and Pastries

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Chef Garbo Gets Press in Contra Costa Times – May 27, 2011

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San Francisco Personal Chef Garbo Featured in Lamorinda Sun

Chef Garbo was recently written up by Contra Costa Times Reporter Ms. Lou Fancher. The article was entitled “Food that’s Strictly Personal Not Private… Orinda’s ‘Chef Garbo’ transitions from marketing career to making healthy meals for folks on the go”. Read all about it in the Contra Costa Times online.

GARBO’S EUROPEAN FOOD TOUR PART: II PARIS March 2011

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Garbo's European Food Tour Part II, Paris

Personal Chef Magazine Article

FULL STORY: GARBO’S EUROPEAN FOOD TOUR PART: II PARIS

By Chef Garbo www.chefgarbo.com

Paris is very seductive. How can one not fall in love with her at first sight? Its history is rich, the people are stylish, its architecture distinctive, artists are drawn to it and the cuisine is heaven on earth. There is an ethereal quality about Paris where beauty and elegance are preferred over purpose and practicality.

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San Francisco – Chef Garbo’s European Food Tour: Part I Florence

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Article Part I Florence

Chef Garbo’s European Food Tour: Part 1 Florence

Florence. Personal Chef Magazine – By Personal Chef Garbo

Chef Garbo Overlooking the River Arno

It’s Chef Garbo here reporting on a recent “Food Tour” of Florence and Paris with my good friend Renee Coker. This was my first holiday in years without family on a “girls get-away” and I can highly recommend Renee as an excellent traveling companion. During the first two days we experienced a few bumps in the road with jet-lag and all but we got through it quickly and had the time of our lives!

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Orange & Rosemary Scented Butternut Squash Soup

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Personal Chef Magazine October – December 2010 Issue

Butternut Squash Soup with Seared Scallops
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Garbo’s Orange & Rosemary Scented Butternut Squash Soup with Seared Scallops

With the Holiday Season upon us one traditional dish that comes to mind is butternut squash soup. Every year I change up the recipe with creative twists on a traditional theme.

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Chef Garbo Featured in Cooking Light Magazine

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Chef Garbo in USPCA Ad for Cooking Light Magazine
Chef Garbo in USPCA Ad for Cooking Light Magazine
Chef Garbo in Cooking Light Magazine 2010
Chef Garbo in Cooking Light Magazine 2010

Check out my 15 minutes of fame in the August issue of Cooking Light Magazine. I am honored to be the featured Chef for a USPCA advertisement showcasing the Culinary Business Academy where I went to school. It’s a bit unreal standing at the checkout counter at Whole Foods, or any retail venue for that matter, knowing that my mug is in a hugely popular cooking magazine nationwide.

There are quite a few summer grilling recipes as well. Check it out and let me know what you think!

SF Personal Chef Garbo Offers Stealth Dining Package For Valentine’s Day

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"Stealth Dining" for Small Dinner Parties

“Stealth Dining” for Small Dinner Parties

Gluten Free Valentine Cookies

Gluten Free Valentine Cookies

Every year, I like to promote my Valentine’s Day “stealth dining” dinner party package. Who doesn’t love to host a fabulous dinner party without all the fuss? The concept behind “stealth dining” is that as a Personal Chef I do all the prep work and my clients take all the credit!

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SF Personal Chef Garbo: Christmas Cookie Decorating Contest

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Garbo's Family Tradition:  Christmas Cookie Decorating Contest

Garbo’s Family Tradition: Christmas Cookie Decorating Contest

Gluten Free Christmas Cookies

Gluten Free Christmas Cookies

The Holiday Season is here and the warmest gift with the biggest impact has got to be the classic Holiday cookie tin filled with hand made Christmas cookies! The recipes you use may be sentimental favorites, dripping with icing and sprinkles, or more sophisticated, but whatever the cookie, a festive tin of freshly baked treats makes a tasty and thoughtful present, in keeping with the spirit of the season.

If you’re the sane type who dusts a sugar cookie with sprinkles and calls it a day, you can stop reading right now. If, on the other hand, you are a crazy person like me who decides that elaborately decorated cookies are an essential part of the holiday experience – the kind of baker who reserves an entire weekend for baking and decorating into the wee hours of the night with tweezers in hand, placing silver dragees on the snowflake cookie, then read on.

Gluten Free Stained Glass Red Star Christmas Cookie

Gluten Free Stained Glass Red Star Christmas Cookie

About 6 years ago I started a new tradition with my family. I create festive Christmas cookies to give as gifts because they’re such an artistic personal gesture and folks really admire them, especially my clients. More importantly, the cookies can be hung on the tree as ornaments. How fun is that? Each Christmas Eve after a sumptuous dinner of Beef Wellington and Garbo’s hand made Raviolis (passed down by my Grandfather) my family prepares the dining room table for the annual “Christmas Cookie Decorating Contest”. Because a very strong artistic streak runs through all of the Garbarinos, it’s truly a competitive event. The competition is to see who can create the most beautiful cookies before Santa’s arrival at midnight. My 10 year old niece, Remi, a fierce competitor, usually changes the rules as we go to ensure that she will be the winner. My 3 older brothers Paul, Tim & Thad, my Dad, my husband Karl, my sister Alexa and her  husband Tom and I join in the fun too. The clock stops at 11:30 p.m. sharp, and of course, Remi gets to choose the cookies to give to Santa along with her note and off to bed she goes.

The stand-out cookies last year were the “Stained Glass” & “Hand Painted” gluten-free sugar cookies. When I unveiled them, a resounding “Ooooooh look at those… how’d you do that?” was uttered by everyone. I have adapted my recipe from several wheat flour & rice flour based sugar cookie recipes and from numerous tests to create a fool-proof cookie that is tasty, sturdy, gluten-free and doesn’t spread in the baking process.

So the next time you want to bring your family together or wow your clients, whip up some crowd pleasing Stained-Glass Christmas cookies… that is, of course… if you make the time!

SF Personal Chef Garbo & Cindy Pawlcyn’s Cookbook Signing

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Demos, Wolf Ranges and Chefs…Oh My!

Feature Story in Personal Chef Magazine

Celebrity Chef Cindy Pawlcyn & Personal Chef Garbo

Celebrity Chef Cindy Pawlcyn & Personal Chef Garbo

Celebrity Chef Cindy Pawlcyn & Personal Chef Garbo

Celebrity Chef CindyPawlcyn & Personal Chef Garbo

When my friend and fellow USPCA member Chef Elizabeth Bourget of “Gourmet to Go” asked me to do a Wolf demo I jumped at the opportunity. Elizabeth has been Wolf’s go-to person for 4 years now so I was grateful when she considered me for the job.  I’ve never done a cooking demo in my life!  But I said, “Yes… I can do that!”  Then she said “Oh, by the way, Celebrity Chef Cindy Pawlcyn will be there signing her new appetizer cookbook”.  GULP!  What have I agreed to? Then I thought, well, many of my clients have Wolf Ranges and I’m a huge fan of Cindy Pawlcyn.  To quote Pawlcyn’s Bio on Bravo TV “She is widely recognized as a pioneer of wine country cooking and one of the first proponents of the farm to table philosophy.  She has worked alongside the likes of James Beard and Julia Child and is the author of four widely acclaimed cookbooks – The Fog City Diner Cookbook, Mustards Grill Napa Valley Cookbook, Big Small Plates, and her newest, Cindy Pawlcyn’s Appetizers. Cindy is considered as one of the most influential and accomplished women chefs in America and she’s an inductee of the Who’s Who of American Cooking”.

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SF Personal Chef Garbo at Fancy Food Show 2009 – San Francisco

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Chef Paul Prudhomme at Fancy Food Show

Fancy Food Show 2009

Fancy Food Show 2009

San Francisco Bay Area

A few members of the USPCA Local Bay Area Personal Chef Chapter attended the 34th Annual Winter Fancy Food Show at the Moscone Center in San Francisco to see what’s happening in the food world.  For any self respecting Foodie living in the San Francisco Bay Area, particularly those that work in the food industry, it is a must to attend the Fancy Food Show to see “What’s New” & “What’s Hot”.  And that we did!

Chefs Dawn, Suzette, Gini, Garbo and Kara

Chefs Dawn, Suzette, Gini, Garbo and Kara

With 50+ years of history, the NASFT Fancy Food Shows are North America’s premier showcase for specialty foods and are only open to people in the industry (such as producers, retailers and chefs). The show had 1,500 exhibitors representing 50 countries, featuring 80,000 of the world’s finest foods, including natural and organic products, cheese, olive oil, spices, tea, chocolate and ethnic specialties.

We HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE…and it’s full of chocolate, flavored water, lots of tea and a whole slew of gluten-free products coming to the market. In these tough financial times both economist and trend-spotters are saying that budget oriented Americans will continue to indulge on fun things to eat, even while they scratch plans for ski holidays, new automobiles and the like. You can be sure the food purveyors we saw will be competing for your precious dollar in 2009.  And if the Winter Fancy Food Show is any indication of how we’ll be eating in the coming year, we’ll be consuming plenty of organic products made with super antioxidant ingredients!

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