It pays to have a global professional network! I love my circle of contacts, and was delighted to add to that circle the members of the Association for Corporate Growth in Frankfurt, Germany. They invited me to their quarterly luncheon at the restaurant Emma Metzler on the south banks of the Main River, and I was glad to join them after my Swiss visit.
The inspiring talk about developing a sustainable financial order was given by Burkhard P. Varnholt, Chief Investment Officer of the Swiss Sarasin Bank. On account of two non-German-speaking guests, he agreed to give his talk in English. After hearing him eloquently articulate his theory of the interconnectedness of food, energy, water, and finances, I swelled with pride to be active in the food scene at home in San Francisco.
I hadn’t really been to a fine German restaurant before, so this was an interesting experience. I don’t know if I will ever grow accustomed to the Germans’ love of transforming all meat into some kind of wurst. The first course was a poulard wurst stuffed with pesto and pine nuts, accompanied by onion marmalade and salad. The ensemble was garnished with olive powder. I do declare, olive powder seems to be all the rage in European restaurants lately!
The second course was also surprising—cornmeal-crusted catfish, accompanied by gnocchi, mushrooms and sautéed leek “cassoulet.” I don’t think I’ve ever eaten catfish in Europe, and I very rarely see corn in this corner of the world. Nonetheless, it was enjoyable. The catfish was juicy and succulent, while the cornmeal offered a crunchy contrast. The cooking was classic, showcasing each ingredient’s qualities magnificently, if not a little saltily.
Dessert consisted of crème catalane, a long roll of chocolate and a version of crème brûlée with raspberry coulis.
Over all, it was a wonderful meal, even more enjoyable because of the inspiring discussion and crisp, modern setting.