There are few chefs I truly trust*—Jennie Cooks is one of them.
Beneath an angled mirror at Surfas, Jennie—my hometown culinary champion—poured a generous amount of olive oil into a pan and whipped up Sweet Potato Pistachio Fritters with Saba and Jaffna Potatoes. I sat there waiting for the non-vegan ingredient to get dumped in—a pat of butter, a drizzle of yogurt —but it never happened. As the Endive Avocado Potato Salad and Cape Verda Vegetable were passed around, I realized every dish she made was vegan—and that never happens on accident.
At that moment I knew I wanted her to cater an event for me. That event turned out to be my wedding reception.
… Jennie Cooks Plant Based Parties (Los Angeles, CA)