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The Best New Chef of 2008 Loves Pumpkins!

Posted By I Love Pumpkins on October 22, 2008

The Kitchen at Ubuntu

The Kitchen at Ubuntu

This weekend, the pumpkins at Ubuntu in Napa will be starring in a vegan pumpkin soup with star anise and cinnamon. Chef Jeremy Fox – himself a rising star and one of the best new chefs of 2008 – will be stepping outside his gorgeous kitchen at Ubuntu and cooking outdoors at a special event this Saturday October 25th.

Jeremy plans to use a pale orange pumpkin variety. He brought it out to “meet us” when I told him about ILovePumpkins.com, and one look made me quite certain it was a Sucrine du Berry pumpkin. It was mellow in color – like a cool Fall sunset reflected in sand. He told us that this variety is so creamy, his pumpkin soup requires no dairy at all to achieve a rich delicious flavor.

Posing with Everyone's Favorite Pumpkin

Chef Jeremy Fox

It was exciting to hear Jeremy’s principles in action. As he states on the website about Ubuntu: “this project has the distinction of being of a vegetable restaurant rather than a vegetarian restaurant. We’re not offering a philosophy of ‘no meat,’ rather, we are celebrating what comes from the gardens…” In this case he’s not against dairy in order to try to make a vegan pumpkin soup. He’s just strongly in favor of bringing out the best from vegetables. So if his pumpkin soup can showcase the taste of the Cucurbita Moschata with minimal ingredients and not even any cream – fantastic! The pumpkin is the star!

Now Starring... Pumpkins!

Now Starring... Pumpkins!

It was a real treasure that Jeremy came out to meet us and talk about pumpkins. But our dinner at Ubuntu was also special experience independent of that. The staff was courteous and extremely attentive. They didn’t even mind me asking, “What does biodynamic mean?” This could have been treated as naïve coming from a yuppie San Franciscan like me, but our waitress gave us the best explanation of “biodynamic” that I’ve heard to date. And while we didn’t get to chat with pastry chef Deanie (who also happens to be Jeremy’s wife) her cheesecake in a jar with huckleberries and a touch of Scharffenberger is still on my mind.

Namaste Jeremy, Deanie and the staff at Ubuntu!

Cool Atmosphere at Ubuntu

Namaste, Ubuntu.

A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed. ~Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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