I was invited to after-work drinks by my dear friend Johnni. He said that everyone was meeting at Zuni Café around 7:00pm. I never heard of the place and only found it because it was near two favorite shops, Flax and Bell’occhio. Little did I know that Zuni would become our regular meeting spot. This was back in the late 80’s when music was spectacular, Das Club was the rage, and Zuni was a place to eat, drink, and be seen (and still is). The Zuni Caesar Salad and Shoestring Potatoes were must-have dishes for any pre-dinner or pre-club meal, as well as Sunday brunch. On special occasions, I ordered the Roasted Chicken with warm Bread Salad, which I now make every Sunday for our family supper. As I look back at the wonderful meals I’ve shared with family and friends, my head is filled with images of house cured anchovies, Kumamotos, Black Mission figs, Zuni Juices, in-house cocktails, and slices of Gâteau Victoire. I was always amazed how Judy Rodgers could create robust and complex flavors from the most simple ingredients. A chef, an artist, and, as my husband simply said “a true original”, she will be missed.
RIP Judy Rodgers