The chef and owner of Quince and Cotogna — two of San Francisco’s most critically acclaimed restaurants — will be the chef at the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation’s 2014 Community Table.
“I’m honored and privileged to serve as this year’s Community Table Chef for Parasol,” Michael Tusk said. “This is an incredible opportunity to bring like-minded individuals to the table with the shared commitment of improving and bettering the community, environment and lives of those around us.”
Tusk’s approach to Italian and French regional cuisine is refined and modern, sourcing inspiration from the seasonal bounty of Northern California and his close relationships with local purveyors.
A native of New Jersey, he attended the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, N.Y., after graduating from Tulane University with a degree in Art History.
After graduation, Tusk departed for Europe to gain experience in Michelin-starred restaurants throughout France and Italy.
His experience in Italy’s Barbaresco region resonated most profoundly and was the catalyst for his sustained interest in Northern Italian regional cuisine.
Tusk returned to the United States in 1988 and settled in the San Francisco Bay Area where he contributed to the success of some of the country’s most pioneering, influential restaurants including Stars, Oliveto and Chez Panisse.
In December 2003, Tusk and his wife Lindsay opened Quince and the restaurant quickly became one of San Francisco’s top fine-dining destinations.
In November 2010, they opened Cotogna, a bustling, rustic Italian restaurant adjacent to Quince.
Quince has been awarded four stars by the San Francisco Chronicle, two stars from The Michelin Guide, and is a distinguished member of Relais & Châteaux. Chef Tusk was named “Best Chef: Pacific” by the James Beard Foundation in 2011.
Tusk and his staff will prepare an exclusive menu in the open kitchen in the Shakespeare Ranch at Glenbrook on Friday, Sept. 5.
This unique experience sells out quickly. To purchase tickets for the 2014 Community Table visit www.parasol.org/community or call Jean Eick at 775-298-0184.
Jean Eick is the communications manager for the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation.