Forage co-owner and co-chef Viet Pham is off to LA to try his luck at Food Network fame, leaving partner Bowman Brown to man the stove at their award-winning restaurant.
Sunday night, foodies from all over SLC gathered at Forage to wish the chef good luck and toast to his success.
Viet will be gone 3 or 4 weeks–maybe more, depending on his luck. "I don't even know exactly what the show is they're asking me to do," he says. he thinks it's not just just a cooking demo show, but a competition. "Maybe like Survivor?" he speculates. At any rate, "I'm completely nervous," he admits.
Francis Fecteau of Libation provided wine; Andy Fitzgerrell, Whole Foods cheesemonger, brought some not-yet-for-sale raw cheddar and Creminelli sausage. Troy Petersen, proprietor of Caputo's on 5th and 15th, dropped by; food writer and instructor Vanessa Chang...well, you get the picture. And we left early.
Viet promised to send me dispatches from the LA food front. I'll keep you posted.