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Those who know me, know that I love start ups almost as much as I love travel writing and lifestyle. It’s here in one place at Gastronaut, the eclectic, farm fresh, sustainable and ‘good for you’ catering company by ex-Google chefs, Nate Keller and Mirit Cohen. Their mission: ‘To thrill our clients with adventures on the food frontier.’ The very fact that they were able to knock the socks off of Sergey and Larry means only one thing: you pretty much know that your wedding, rehearsal dinner or engagement party (from the Playa to the patio) is going to go off without a hitch. The fact that it’s good for you? A value add all around…Bon appetit!
- Adheres to the ChooseMyPlate standards laid out by the USDA
- 85% of all produce is certified organic
- All meat’s are “Never-Ever” fed hormones and antibiotics
- Only serve cage-free fresh eggs—never use commodity pre-cracked eggs
- We follow the guidelines of Monterey Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program
- All food served (including all stocks, soups, dressings and sauces) is made from scratch or purchased from artisan vendors. Nothing comes from a base.
- Communicate and create dialog about menus, including helpful information such as ingredients, allergens, country of origin, etc.
While they are most commonly referred to as the “ex-Google chefs,” Mirit Cohen and Nate Keller are the duo behind Gastronaut’s eclectic menu and have broken out from this title to create an identity of their own with their bold menu and quirky approach to social catering. When not catering lunches for large Bay Area companies like Twitter and Yelp, Gastronaut caters intimate social events of all kinds—from weddings to picnics to Bar Mitzvahs—with an array of menu themes—from Ramadan Breakfast to Indian Fusion cocktail parties to Busta Rhymes’ birthday. They have even recently created on special line of “on the go meals” called Playa Provisions. Gastronaut’s unique culinary flare mixed with a commitment to fresh, organic, and sustainable ingredients adds both quality and adventure to dining. CEO and Co-Founder Mirit Cohen was studying in a masters program at Stanford before abruptly changing careers to pursue a culinary career in 2004. Choehn was quickly promoted from Chef’s Assistant to Executive Chef at Google during her tenure at the internet giant before eventually running Google’s catering department for a year, producing numerous large-scale events.
Co-Founder and Executive Chef Nate Keller began his culinary career after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in 1999 at and working as a Sous Chef at numerous high end restaurants in Northern California. Starting as a Sous Chef at Google in 2003, Keller rose the ranks and served as Google’s Executive Chef from Google 2005-2008 and concurrently opened 8 cafe’s in California and New York. Keller added to his resume as Executive Chef at Apple and joined forces with Cohen in November of 2008 to found Gastronaut, a new age catering company.
Photos: Courtesy of Gastronautsf.com
Tonight: O’Reillys, San Francisco 3.17.11
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona dár gcairde agus teaghlach!
It’s noon on St. Patrick’s Day, you are getting a myriad of emails from your friends, many who are leaving the office not to return until the next day. Because you are known to be of Irish descent, you are also the de facto ‘help desk’ for all Celtic related activities on the Feast of St. Patrick. It’s a lot of responsibility, as what many people like to do on this day, is the opposite of what you like to do, and least of all, the preposterous activity of consuming green beer or gathering in a crowded bar. A guy outside your window bellows to a friend across the street:
“Duuuude…..meet you at the Irish Bank at 4, it’s going to be EPIC! [lol!!!]“
Sartre’s famous quote, ‘hell is other people’ comes to mind, and then you brush it away and attempt to get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, because it is a holiday, just not one that you are accustomed to celebrating in a bar.
You conjure up a quick visual: a Marina-infused emporium of the Financial District’s Phi Kappa Sigma set, spilled pints and speakers blaring U2, a line that goes for miles just to get a drink. Irish whiskey in a plastic cup (egads!). Girls squealing OH MY GOD!!!!! It’s a mashup of Spring Break, and an Irish-themed meat market.
You have a chat with yourself, your Irish ancestors, and your conscience, and wonder why you can’t turn back the clock to a more heartfelt St. Patrick’s Day when you were growing up: With set dancing and jigs, Irish tenors in the back ground, corned beef and cabbage, little kids running around screaming bloody murder and flogging each other senseless, Jameson’s Irish coffees and Guinness all around, and everyone belting out off key ballads. Great uncles are talking about WW2 stuff. A kelly-green cake with leprechaun icing sits on the kitchen table, shamrocks decorate the front door, and a Luck of the Irish FTD floral arrangement adorns the dining room table. Your grandfather rocks his Glen Plaid Pendleton and a green carnation singing Danny Boy to anyone who crosses the threshhold. It’s not glamorous but it’s fabulous and it’s your family. You miss it and them. You ask yourself if you can really brave this Irish Bank business as you hang your head in nostalgia, and a tinge of sadness, recalling family St. Patrick’s day celebrations of yore, and then PING! Another email hits your In Box.
Okay, let’s look at this new social opportunity:
Going, going, gone. SOLD! To the girl who was on the fence about going out into the nefarious and commercial world of St. Patrick’s Day in San Francisco.
The Hooks play at 8 pm in what promises to be the ultimate date night blitz of rock, punk, and Irish Trad. Admission is free before 5 pm and $10 after 5 pm. There will be traditional set dancing and music, and O’Reilly’s is blocking off the street, so it promises to be more of a Caelie than a booze fest (although for those who desire that, there is a well appointed bar and restaurant). The O’Reilly family puts on the famed SF Oyster fest and had a lovely after party following the last Pogues show and are indeed a class act. Thank you O’Reilly’s for offering us an alternative!
Bring your sweetie to a barn burner with The Hooks. Great at parties, pre-events or even your wedding (they dominated Operation Aisle Style Alterna-Bridal Fashion Event) – and have a hot date with The Hooks.
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona dár gcairde agus teaghlach!
The Hooks New Album - ‘Everything Is Golden’
The Hooks new album ‘Everything Is Golden’ is a maelstrom of sound. Low-fi gritty garage band punk blends modern rock with with a dash of traditional Irish folk sensibilities.
‘Everything is Golden’ mashes up influences from many countries: Ireland’s famous sense of black humor and literary exploits, America’s rock n’ roll roots to Russia’s Bolshevik trad.
‘The Commuter’ is an anthem for the working class hero who knows all too well the drudgery of heading every day to a cubicle forming a cycle of banality that never ends for the wage slave. ‘So May Questions’ has been described as ‘a song Tarantino would use in a bank heist scene.’
‘Everything Is Golden’s’ folky cadence starts off in Moscow and moves and ends up on a rollicking joy ride straight to hell.