RowbearJun 29th, 2012 | By jdixon | Category: Blog
Robert Reynolds is a Francophile of the best kind. He studied the cooking of France with a pair of opinionated Frenchwomen, Josephine Araldo & Madeleine Kamman (he coauthored From a Breton Garden with Araldo; for more about Kamman read this SF Chronicle story), owned a “little restaurant” called Le Trou in San Francisco for 15 years, and every summer takes a group of students to France to learn how to live (because shopping, cooking, & eating in France is life). Of course he makes food that is absolutely delicious, but, maybe more important, he teaches other cooks how to do the same.
I met Robert when he first came to Portland. I took a class where, among other things, I learned the classic two-spoon method of forming quenelles that I use almost every week to shape what I call fritters. Robert cooked a birthday dinner for me one year in his cozy SE duplex, and he always encouraged my efforts in the olive oil business. He is a sweetheart.
Robert has lymphoma. His friends are raising money to help him take a last trip to the places that influenced how he lived and made Portland a much better place to eat. Please make a donation if you can.