Jean-Louis Palladin, RIP
Sad news indeed. While I missed his stint at the Watergate, he was the chef for one of the better meal's that I've had in my life at, of all places, Walt Disney World (and I've dined around at some pretty good places, not just McDonald's). Back when the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot was still young, they offered a "Wine Maker's Dinner" at which a vinter and a chef would create a menu for a small group of diners. Palladin was the chef for the Wine Maker's Dinner I selected. He was full of energy, bustling in the kitchen, then coming out to smile and shake hands with the small group of us that had come together for dinner. I can still remember the foie gras from that meal; I've never had anything quite like it since then.
Oh how sad! An anniversary meal at Jean-Louis' was one of the best meals I've ever eaten and a bargain at $35/person prixe fix before a Kennedy center performance. Even my husband, who has lived in France and Italy, was very impressed with the European style service, and the food.