Eat Your Own Dog Food

Quite often, Steve Chiappetti makes a nice chicken burger topped with double-smoked bacon and cheddar cheese, bends over, and gives it to his dog. Now, some of you find that adorable, and some of you have begun pacing, composing a rant that will take you through the afternoon. People shouldn't cook for their dogs! Actually, it's worse than you think (or it's much better, which is our take) because the practice has gone pro, with trained, celebrated, and even quite sane chefs preparing quality dishes for their small companions. Chiappetti? He's the executive chef of Chicago's Viand, and he cooks for two Chihuahuas who probably ate better food last night than anyone who works at this paper had all week, save the food guy (that bastard). Georges Perrier of Philadelphia's Le Bec-Fin often nudges a sauté of chicken, London broil, and vegetables under the nose of Isabelle. It must be nice, to be that Bichon Frise. The stories of these chefs and more, including local chefs, are told in the Culinary Canine. Because many of their recipes are nigh indistinguishable from a 30-minute meal by Rachael Ray, you may consider them for your own dinner as well. Author Kit Feldman appears with chef Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn and Chef Tanya of Kosher Catering (and maybe their dogs?). Wine is provided by Vinum Cellars and food by local restaurants Frances and Boulette's Larder.
Fri., Nov. 11, 6 p.m., 2011

 
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