In the wake of beloved chef and travel writer Anthony Bourdain’s passing, many in the culinary world have come together to honor his memory and share his impact on their lives. Bon Appétiters at LinkedIn in San Francisco and Sunnyvale, CA, were inspired to host a benefit that would help bring awareness to suicide prevention efforts.
Guests were welcomed with Bourdain’s drink of choice, the classic Negroni. Courses were inspired by his known favorite dishes and ingredients, such as kampachi (served with tomatillo, Mendocino seaweeds, and ajo blanco) or beautiful heirloom tomatoes (in this case Comanche Creek Farms heirloom tomatoes with smoked tofu, consommé, garlic nori, and various basils). But the sophisticated plating and elegant menu options were more in the style of Bon Appétit at LinkedIn.
The night’s menu came together through collaboration by the entire culinary team: Café Chefs Tariq Hadine, Martin Nguyen, Cyrus Irudistan, Ryan Wilson, Sonny Atienza, and Michelle Provost; Sous Chefs Chris Littman, Lupe Guerra, Jeremy Imas, and Bedri Inkaya; Executive Pastry Chef Vincent Attali; Executive Asian Cuisine Chef Andy Wai; and Executive Chef Chris Swinyard.
Forty-five LinkedIn associates and guests were invited to the special seven-course dinner, from which 100 percent of ticket sales — more than $6,000 — were donated to the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). CHAC provides counseling and prevention services to community members.
Submitted by Katherine dela Cruz, Director of Administration
Photo at top of page: The culinary team, left to right: Café Chefs Cyrus Irudistan and Ryan Wilson, Sous Chef Jeremy Imas, Café Chef Martin Nguyen, Sous Chefs Lupe Guerra and Bedri Inkaya, Café Chef Michelle Provost, Executive Chef Chris Swinyard, Sous Chef Chris Littman, Executive Pastry Chef Vincent Attali, Café Chef Sonny Atienza, Executive Asian Cuisine Chef Andy Wai