Next Week at the Michigan Theater | Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent

Menu including Red and yellow tomato salad with goat cheese mozzerella and pancetta, Japanese eggplant timable with chilied crab, sauteed prawns with basil risotta or poached salmon with potato gratin and mushroom hollandaise or grilled bacon wrapped fillet of beeef with fire-onion brinoise. Includessignatures by celebraties

Oscar de la Renta dinner menu by Stars (San Francisco) 1989. Box m503. Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive. University of Michigan Special Collections Library.

Celebrity chef Jeremiah Tower shares, along with Alice Waters, responsibility for the California Cuisine Revolution, originating in the 1970s at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. From 1973 to 1978, Tower crafted artisanal menus from locally-sourced ingredients that transformed not only the restaurant itself, but the public image of what a chef was, and arguably the trajectory of American cuisine as a whole.

Menu from Chez Panisse
Menus by Chez Panisse January 3 - December 31, 1977 (Berkeley) 1977. Box m511. Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive. University of Michigan Special Collections Library.

In Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent, Emmy-award winning Director Lydia Tenaglia explores Tower’s life from his unusual childhood, through his days at Chez Panisse, to his subsequent culinary adventures and misadventures, including opening Stars in San Francisco and Peak Cafe in Hong Kong, and more recently, his brief tenure at Tavern on the Green in New York City.

Jeremiah Tower photographed with Julia Child for a fundraiser menu
Jeremiah's menu for Julia Child by Stars (San Francisco) 1991. Box m503. Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive. University of Michigan Special Collections Library.

The Michigan Theater will be showing Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent next Tuesday, May 30 (4:15pm, 7:00pm, 9:15pm) and Wednesday, May 31 (4:15pm, 7:00pm, 9:15pm). Arrive early, and you may catch a peek at a slideshow of menus from Jeremiah Tower’s personal menu collection, housed here at the University of Michigan Special Collections Library in the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive.

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