“Who knew Gene Kelly could fry chicken?”
This was my favorite quip of the night from an adoring attendee at a recent book signing at The Gibbes Museum of Art with best-selling author and celebrity chef, Alex Hitz, As a part of The Gibbes Art with a Twist series, Alex gave an evening lecture to showcase his new book: My Beverly Hills Kitchen: Classic Southern Cooking with a French Twist.
In person, Hitz does truly resemble a southern Gene Kelly in all his grace, dancing from story to story of his childhood in Atlanta to his time at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and finally his (surprisingly) successful attempts at serving Southern cookin’ to the Beverly Hills elite. In an artful slideshow, he definitely kissed – and told – us all about his favorite celebrity moments and meals and also shared five tips for the perfect party (white or checkered table cloths – you pick):
- Never skimp on anything / Be it frozen pizza or sweetbreads, quantity and quality matter when hosting a get-together.
- Make a schedule and stick to it / Serve dinner when you said you would, and don’t let a dwindling cocktail hour keep you from the main course.
- Make an effort / Beauty is in the details – but sweat the small stuff before your guests arrive. No one wants to see the host sweating in the corner of their own party.
- If all else fails, make a reservation / Alex suggests you have your other favorite fine dining establishment on speed dial.