OpenTable calls Caroline Potter its Chief Dining Officer. "She's a dining trend-spotter," reads her profile. CDO Potter checked in today with Michael Mina about recipes his mom taught him, just in time for Mother's Day on Sunday (you've still got a day to get to Recchiuti). The Mina piece is the climax of Potter's mom's day profile roundup, in which she queried prominent national chefs about the dishes their moms taught them, dishes now on the menu in their restaurants.
Call us skeptical: We're sure Mina's falafel burger is tasty (it's on the menu at Mina's Bourbon Steak in Washington, D.C.), it just doesn't seem like the kind of thing that'd honestly reflect anyone's mom.
The thing about mom recipes ― authentic ones ― is that they rarely translate into Mina-style pretty, even in burger form. (For proof, check out Carolyn Jung's reminiscence on Food Gal of her mom's prawns and pork belly with black bean sauce.) Though our own mom was ― still is ― a ferocious cook, it's the thrown-together, electric-skillet fry-ups and crockpot cook-downs I remember more than all the plush, expensive roasts, the blueberry crêpes she got out of Julia Child, or her famous holiday set pieces.
Sorry, Caroline Potter: Though glossy references to chefs' moms might drive diners to the reservation dropdown menus at OpenTable, we'll savor the distant taste of Swiss steak and fried baloney sandwiches.