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Monday, November 2, 2009

Napa Vegetarian Restaurant Ubuntu Likely to Serve Meat at Special Tuesday Night Dinners

Posted By on Mon, Nov 2, 2009 at 12:28 PM

click to enlarge Ubuntu: Will the temple of pristine vegeterianism be serving up pork belly? - FOOD SNOB/FLICKR
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Ubuntu owner Sandy Lawrence told SFoodie that, as early as next month, the Napa vegetarian restaurant is launching a series of Tuesday night dinners that'll feature appearances by what she called some of the nation's top chefs. The "No Holds Barred, No Rules" dinners will start sometime in December or January, and feature single-seating family-style dinners that will depart from chef Jeremy Fox's typical style -- even, in some cases, offering meat.

"When we say no holds barred that means we'll be doing some really interesting things determined by the events," Lawrence said. Meaning, the guest chef and what's available at the time will shape the menu. She said Fox would lend a hand at the Tuesday dinners, which are expected to run through the spring, when Ubuntu's gardens will be back in full production. Lawrence said some 95 percent of Ubuntu's produce comes from its gardens.

As for the possibility of flesh, Lawrence -- who's not a vegetarian herself -- said she's more concerned with sustainability than the ethics of meat. Ubuntu (1140 Main at Pearl, Napa) recently snagged its first Michelin star. On Sunday, Fox is appearing with N.Y. chef David Chang at Omnivore Books Don't be surprised if the Momofuku chef takes a future guest turn at one of Ubuntu's Tuesday nights.

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