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I really wish I had a better picture of the 2 of us, but beggars can’t be choosers. Maybe if my photographer had less beer, it would have been a better picture. 🙂

Chef Falkner and I

My dream come true. Meeting Chef Elizabeth Falkner 🙂

2013 was a great year. I celebrated my 10th wedding anniversary with a trip to NYC and I met a chef I worship, Chef Elizabeth Falkner. When in NYC I searched out Chef Falkner’s latest endeavor called Corvo Bianco.

Corvo Bianco

She relocated from San Fran to come to NYC. Corvo Bianco is a little gem on the Upper West Side, it was once the Upper West Side’s iconic Endicott Hotel lobby, and she is serving up plates of food that are both ambitious and comforting, and a delicious taste of the coast of Italy.

For those of you who are not familiar with Elizabeth Falkner, where do you live Mars? Not but seriously she is an über talented chef that has competed on The Next Iron Chef, Top Chef, Chopped All Stars just to name a few.

When we arrived to check in for our reservation, Chef Faulkner was standing at the front podium. I was speechless…I am such a huge fan I was start struck. While we were being seated my husband chatted with Chef Faulkner about how big of a fan I was. What a great guy eh? The end result was a meet and greet with her after dinner (I talk about that more later) and a few appetizers that were “compliments of the chef”

The food was awesome. The olives were amazing, the oil was scented with orange and chili, the arancini trio was delish as was the assorted salumi (salamis).  An off the menu item we ate was the veal meatball sliders served on choux pastry. I highly recommend the pizzetta (mini pizzas) simple, tasty and with such a great chew to the dough. For dinner I had the scallops and Joel ordered the steak. The scallops were unique with chunks of grilled cantaloupe on the plate. I never would have put the two together but it was amazing. By the time we ate our way through the menu we really didn’t have any room left for dessert… but… when in a pastry chef’s restaurant one must order dessert.

We ordered the tartuffo.


Mind Blowing dessert

I honestly will dream about this dessert for years…it was incredible. It is not ice cream but chocolate mousse topped with chocolate ganache, cookie and Malden salt crumble, hazelnuts from Italy and fennel fronds. Are you kidding me? One bite and I was hooked. I cannot even put into words how good it was except to say that the 500$ flight to NYC from Ottawa justifies eating this dessert again.

Eating at Corvo Bianco was very reasonable as well. Dinner for 2 including wine and beer, appetizers, mains and dessert cost 150$. I consider that a steal in NYC.

Chef Falkner is a culinary genius, so talented and so incredibly kind. She took the time to meet me, grab a picture and talk to me about cooking. She is an amazing person inside and out. I cannot wait to eat here again. Chef Falkner you made my day and I will never forget it.


I am a girl who loves food. I grew up with a Mom who was an excellent cook. She wrote a cookbook when I was a child, and as they say, the rest is history. Started a catering business in 2005 and haven’t looked back. I am a mom to 2 beautiful girls and I want them to love food as much as I do. In the meantime, I love life and love my job @ www.monicaskitchen.com