San Francisco’s most renowned chef in exile, Jeremiah Tower, is returning in June to co-chef a dinner at Waterbar and Epic Roasthouse with former Stars chefs Mark Franz and Emily Luchetti. It marks the first time Tower has cooked in San Francisco since closing the legendary Stars in 1998, and the first public reunion he’s had with two of his protégés, who have both gone on to do great things here since — Franz, Tower’s former chef de cuisine who has earned high praise for his work at Farallon; and Luchetti, who authored the book Classic Stars Desserts and who is currently executive pastry chef at both Farallon and Waterbar, as well as being named, just this week, chair of the board of the James Beard Foundation. This special event dinner is taking place as part of the series of co-chef dinners that we mentioned last week which is kicking off this year’s SF Chefs festival, in which various chefs at S.F. restaurants who are also old friends are collaborating for one night only.
The Jeremiah Tower dinner, which has been dubbed “Stars Realigned,” will take place on June 21 starting at 6 p.m., and will begin with Champagne (of course), cocktails and hors d’oeuvres alongside restaurateur Pat Kuleto at Waterbar, followed by a six-course dinner, with pairings, at Epic Roasthouse, which will also get some assistance from Epic chef Jan Birnbaum. Individual tickets are $350, and to reserve a table for 10 it’s $4,000. See the full menu here, and buy your tickets here.
Update: Tower writes in to Grub Street to discuss the dishes he’s most excited about on the menu. “Even more important (maybe) than the roasted whole sturgeon covered in lobster, caviar, and French butter (think blini), is the list of my favorite wines. The only thing missing from the dinner is rich roast beef married with old d’Yquem, and that will come later. My uncle Sergei (Sheremetyev) would have been proud.”