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Michael Hutchings
Santa Barbara, California USA
Professional Chef/Businessman with a catering company and whole food manufacturing.
Interests: astronomy, archeology, gemology, architecture, gastronomy, cosmology, astrophysics, politics, sculpture
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Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California What: Enjoy tastings by local Chefs, as well as presentations by Fishermen and Scientists When: Thursday, October 2 & 23, 2014 at 7 pm Cost:$25 (SBMM members), $35 (non-members) per tasting Purchase both tastings: $40 (SBMM members), $60 (non-members)... Continue reading
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Naked Wedding Cake Did the blog title get your attention? This is not tabloid pastry exposed. There is a new wedding cake style this season that sports no butter cream frosting or fondant overcoat. It's called a naked cake. In this case, there was a "fig leaf" of sorts as... Continue reading
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Menu Cocktail Abalone Latkes with Caviar Mozzarella and Heirloom Tomatoes Baby Greens, Local Smoked Salmon, vinaigrette Sous Vide Cooked Tenderloin, Demi glacé Warm Chocolate Velvet Cake, raspberries Assorted Macarons Sometimes a seemingly simple dinner can be a big hit when it is executed well. We recently cook for a family... Continue reading
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Kitchen at Maison Troisgros, Roanne France I have been reading my notebooks from my "stage" at the Troisgros restaurant. I have some 25 volumes of hand written recipe notes from my early career. That amounts to some 6,000 recipe notes! The Troisgros restaurant was and still is after 45 years,... Continue reading
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Menu Cocktail Abalone Latkes with Caviar Mozzarella and Heirloom Tomatoes Baby Greens, Local Smoked Salmon, vinaigrette Sous Vide Cooked Tenderloin, Demi glacé Warm Chocolate Velvet Cake, raspberries Assorted Macarons Sometimes a seemingly simple dinner can be a big hit when it is executed well. We recently cook for a family... Continue reading
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Private Jet on Tarmac Catering means different things to different folks. It might be a dinner for a few guests in a private home, a beach BBQ, a cocktail reception, the taco truck, wedding and the like. Earlier this month for me catering meant preparing food for private jets leaving... Continue reading
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Menu from Sideways Reunion We recently were part of a dinner produced by Chef Frank Ostini of the Hitching Post fame and Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat fame. The production was aided by Chef James Sly of Sly's in Carpinteria, CA and myself. The dinner was a donation to... Continue reading
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It's Concourse week in Monterey. Over 200 private jets fly in for the car show. I am helping my friend Kurt Grasing prepare and deliver catering for some of those jets. The menus are anything from a bag of popcorn to filet of beef. There is something very sexy about... Continue reading
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Indigo Apple Tomato As a kid growing up in Anaheim, CA, the tomato choices at the markets were basically roma, cherry and beefsteak. To get a tomato that tasted, well, like a tomato, you had to grow it yourself. I recall talking to a tomato grower from Nipomo, CA. He... Continue reading
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Boston cream pie is not a pie. This version sports a sponge cake layered with pastry cream, coating of buttercream and a pouring ganache glaze. The ganache glaze is easy to make. Simply heat one quart of heavy cream and pour over chocolate (62% or more cacao solids), stir to... Continue reading
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I made a rhubarb pie last week for a wholesale client. Drop me a line for the recipe. It's very simple. Pie dough, custard mix, blanched rhubarb, streusel topping. Continue reading
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Christine Dahl pastry made eight wedding cakes this past weekend. It's wedding cake season! Continue reading
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Sometimes you go frontwards at other time, backwards. This past weekend we went Sideways. Actually Sideways came to us. Direct Relief International had an auction dinner held by Chef Frank Ostini (Hitching Post II, Buelton, CA) and Jim Clendenen ( Au Bon Climat winery, Los Alamos, CA). A few of... Continue reading
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We have an event coming up this weekend and we're serving baby Abalone with the escargot butter. It's for Direct Relief International and it's going to be at a winery in St. Ynez Valley. I've been preparing 300 Abalone for the event and they come from the Cultured Abalone Farm... Continue reading
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Chef Christine Dahl made this cake for a special occasion. The theme was a princess and the frog. Continue reading
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l'Hôtel de Ville - Restaurant Girardet Located in a the small Swiss village of Crissier, Restaurant Girardet was crowned "the best restaurant in the world" in the 70s and 80s. I attempted to get a stage (unpaid, short term apprenticeship) I was only able to make two short trips to... Continue reading
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In the dark ages, before computers and the internet, collecting recipes for research and recording them was a tedious, handwritten task. I used a system call Recordplate, a sort of note card binder, and notebooks to capture recipes from archival books, magazines, kitchens were I worked or ideas I developed.... Continue reading
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We prepared a luncheon today for a group of ladies at a mountain retreat near Santa Barbara. Often, we are privledged to serve at magnificent properties. Thes one dates back to the early 1900s. It was the simplest of luncheons. We started with prosciutto-melon and gazpacho shots, main course was... Continue reading
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We prepared a luncheon today for a group of ladies at a mountain retreat near Santa Barbara. Often, we are privledged to serve at magnificent properties. Thes one dates back to the early 1900s. It was the simplest of luncheons. We started with prosciutto-melon and gazpacho shots, main course was... Continue reading
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We're doing an art reception for the Newcomers club in Santa Barbara. The buffet is set amidst the collection of modern Art from Santa Barbara artists. Chef Michael Hurchings Continue reading
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Peaches on a Cloud At a recent gala dinner Chef Christine Dahl and I were enlisted to prepare a dessert of some 260 guests at Hearst Castle. The recipe of choice needed to pair with a cremant wine from Schramsberg winery. Normally I am not prone to fanciful names for... Continue reading
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Hard-boiled Quail Eggs Maybe this dish is one of those effete, overly fussed dishes like Peacock Tongues en Gelée, Gold leafed and Served Under Glass, Perfumed with Smoked Ginseng Root. In any event, these were delicious appetizers we served at a recent wine dinner. It is really a simple dish... Continue reading
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Black River Caviar Ahi Tuna Tartar in Sesame Cones We recently participated in a dinner at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California. The Central Coast Wine Classic has hosted a multi-chef dinner at Hearst Castle for the past 25 years. Our contribution this year were the canapés served on a... Continue reading
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Chefs Michael Hutchings and Christine Dahl The 25th Dinner at Hearst Castle was held last week and featured the culinary artistry of renowned chefs from throughout California, Carmel (Cal Stamenov of Marinus at Bernardus & Wendy Brodie, Television Chef), Monterey (Kurt Grasing of Grasing’s), Napa (Ken Frank of La Toque),... Continue reading
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Chef Christine Dahl does magic with butter, sugar, flour, eggs and fruits. Here is an elegant wedding cakes that features draped fondant icing. Chef Dahl fussed over the flower placement until the right natural effect was achieved. Continue reading