Dining With Denise Neil

Chef Chat: d'Sozo's Miguel Larcher

I spent the afternoon yesterday with Miguel Larcher, the fascinating head chef at d’Sozo, the year-old vegan restaurant at 1812 S. Seneca.

Larcher is a Martinique-born cook who trained both at home and in Nice, France. His food is strictly vegan, and his talents are in high demand.

On Friday, we’ll publish this story, which contains the conversation I had with Larcher. What I couldn’t fit in the paper (he’s just too interesting) is information about his candlelight dinners and cooking classes, which he puts on regularly in the cavernous restaurant.

The dinners happen on the first and third Tuesdays of each month and feature a menu of fancy vegan dishes. A recent Tuesday night dinner featured a beef dumpling served with a curry emulsion, a stuffed cucumber gazpacho, a three-frut granita and saffron tamale with a fricasse of oyster mushrooms. Dessert was infused lime and apple Streusel caramel crepes. Yum. The dinners are $30 a person and are staged in a separate room with candlelight, harp and violin music and a rose. Call for reservations.

Larcher also puts on a variety of cooking classes covering topics such as knife skills and bread baking, and there are classes for kids, too. For more information, call the restaurant at 316-295-4498 or visit the website.