by Ken Katz
One of life’s treasures that I especially value is a bit of serendipity that brightens your day and opens new realms. One such incident occurred earlier this month when I glimpsed something in the gutter in front of our house as I rounded the corner. When I got out to investigate, I found an electronic gadget attached to a photo ID from the San Francisco Art Institute for someone named Rick Wise.
I managed to track Rick down online; learned that he lives just up the hill from me; and also discovered that he had enjoyed a long career as a cinematographer including a stint at KQED but was now semi-retired and concentrating on still photography while continuing to teach a video lighting course at the Art Institute. When Rick picked up what he identified as a light meter, he explained that as he was getting into his car the day before, he had set it on the hood of his car and forgotten it as he drove off.
Thanks to another lovely bit of serendipity, when I visited Rick’s online gallery and saw his photos of Lake Merritt and Lakeshore Avenue , I immediately thought of Bay-Made, which had just opened days before. At my suggestion, he introduced himself to owner Sarajane Bernhisel who loved his photos and is tentatively scheduling him as one of their featured artists early next year.
And yes, there’s more to this story as his wife, Victoria:
- Cooked the very first meal (duck with olives) at Chez Panisse in 1971
- Authored or co-authored 15 cookbooks
- Publishes a monthly cooking blog called the “Wise Kitchen“, which is lavishly illustrated with Rick’s photos.
- And finally, the icing on the cake (actually an apple galette) is that Victoria has kindly agreed to allow us to share her most recent, October 23rd blog. If you enjoy it as much as I did and want to subscribe, look for the “follow” button on the lower right corner of the page.
Mostly I refrain from offering recipes with three parts because that’s almost a sure bet turn-off for the modern person. On the other hand, when it’s autumn harvest time, and the stolid apple, destined to become winter’s glamour-less workhorse fruit, appears newly luscious with a promise of sweet/tart, fresh, soft crunch, even the usually reluctant…