Gary Danko & Mary Vincent (David Hom)
I remember enjoying a very nice dinner with wine pairings at Gary Danko's San Francisco restaurant a few years ago. As a vegetarian at the time, I asked the Server for vegetarian - wine pairing selections, and I was very pleased with the delicious and savory results.
During SF Chefs 2010, I had the opportunity to meet Gary Danko as he was preparing for a Williams Sonoma San Francisco Cooking Demonstration, and he was in the midst of a recipe challenge by taking an old recipe and reinventing it.
Gary was reinventing the old Tiramisu recipe by using a Raspberry Shrub. Per Gary, "a Raspberry Shrub is an old way of preserving fruit with vinegar and straining it and cooking it with sugar that makes a thick syrup. If you taste it, it's very sweet and tart."
He then adds brandy into the vinegar and soaks the lady fingers into it. He also makes the traditional filling with marscopone and lightens it with whipped cream.
A video of Gary Danko describing part of the process is below. It was great meeting you Gary, and thank you for taking the time to share your creative, gourmet insight with us at Gratitude Gourmet!