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

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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Garbo's European Food Tour Part II, Paris

Personal Chef Magazine Article


By Chef Garbo

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

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

"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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Alice Waters’ Slow Food Nation Festival – San Francisco 2008

Slow Food Nation Article

Can Slow Food Be Sustainable in a Fast Food Nation: Personal Chef Magazine:   By Personal Chef Garbo

Chefs Dawn & Garbo at Slow Food Nation

San Francisco Bay Area

On Labor Day Weekend, Personal Chef  Garbo based in San Francisco and Dawn Buchholz attended the Slow Food Nation ’08 in San Francisco.  The tagline… “Come to the Table” certainly resonated with us and to the tables we came at the Tasting Pavilions at Fort Mason.

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