Vignettes & Vinaigrettes: A Memoir Of Catering Before Food Was Hot

Vignettes & Vinaigrettes: A Memoir Of Catering Before Food Was Hot

by Carol G. Durst-Wertheim

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Overview

Vignettes & Vinaigrettes reflects the author’s experience catering during the second wave of the Women’s Movement. As women juggled professional and family lives, a food revolution took commercial cooking in totally new directions and opened a wide range of entrepreneurial opportunities. Though many talented women, from diverse backgrounds, were drawn to these new professional options, little has been written about their work. Like vinaigrettes, balancing dishes without masking ingredients, here are personal vignettes that allow the reader to stand at Carol Durst-Wertheim’s elbow as she looked up from her pots and pans, her cutting board, and the back stairwell. Here are stories that reveal a woman, wife, and mother, her crew and catering clients, in the time just before working with food became “hot.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946989505
Publisher: Full Court Press
Publication date: 03/24/2020
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction, 1


  • Early Years, 1979–81
  • Why Bill Hired Me, 11
  • My Culinary Education Begins, 14
  • I Fed Al Pacino, 21


Starting Up a Service Business, 1981–83



  • Nursing Excellence, 29
  • Dinner in the Board Room, 41
  • Marcia Lavine’s Showroom, 48
  • Mick Jagger’s Fortieth Birthday Party, 53


Owning and Operating, 1983–86



  • Frozen Vodka, 65
  • Dinner for Four, 74
  • New York Road Runners Club: It’s Just Business, 78
  • Park Avenue Duplex, 92
  • Eating Dis/Order, 102
  • Catering Stuff I Carried, 115


Working Mom, 1986–88



  • Holiday Roast Goose in October, 119
  • Election Night, 130
  • Fred Bridge Sold Me My Pots, 132
  • Applause from The Manhattan Theatre Club, 137
  • Cherry Lane Theatre, 144
  • NARAL, 152
  • Call the Caterer, 158


Issues Beyond the Food, 1988–99



  • Thom Smyth Catering at MOMA, 165
  • Tequila Christmas, 171
  • Anita, 178
  • All I Ask of You, 184
  • That Big Paper Bag, 192


Moving to the Suburbs, 1999–2020



  • Catering 9/11/01, 203
  • September 11, 2001: Orasri Liangthanasarn, 207
  • Suburban Dislocation, 209
  • Pork Loin and Latkes, 224
  • Curried Mushrooms on Toast, 230


End Notes



  • Women in Food Work Today, 235


About The Author, 241

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