Gary Moffat, who owns Carpe Vino restaurant and wine bar in Old Town Auburn, is a word traveler adept at exploring the epicurean and vitacultural byways, always willing to try something new.
Last July he hosted an appearance and book-signing by Elizabeth Bard, and put together a sold-out multi-course wine-pairing dinner from recipes in her best-selling cookbook-memoir “Picnic in Provence.”
Now he’s homed-in on the edgy 100-recipe cookbook-comic book hybrid (with excellent color photos) “The Adventures of Fat Rice” by Abraham Conlon, Adrienne Lo and Hugh Amano (Ten Speed Press, $35, 320 pages). Conlon and Lo are the chefs and co-owners of the award-winning Chicago restaurant Fat Rice. Amano, its former sous chef, is a writer.
Conlon and Lo fell in love with the unique cuisine of Macao, the tiny peninsula near Hong Kong where the food is a fusion of Portuguese, Chinese, Southeast Asian, Latin American, African and Indian, representative of its history as a spice-trading port.
Conlon will give a presentation and autograph books from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, at Carpe Vino, speaking abut how he built the Fat Rice restaurant, helped write the cookbook and introduced Macanese cuisine to a city that had never heard of it. The book will be sold for $5 off retail price. Food and wine from the regular menu will be sold in the wine bar.
Also, Conlon will be “hovering in the kitchen and talking with diners” at a three-course prix-fixe dinner (plus bites) at 5 p.m. Nov. 20 ($49.95 plus tax and tip). The menu: Dungeness crab and shrimp sopa de lacassa (soup); curried beef cheek with shaved radish, root vegetables and coconut rice; and serradura pudding with Hachiya persimmon and gingersnaps.
A Portuguese wine pairing will be offered, cost-variable depending on which wines are chosen.
Reservations at 530-823-0320 (ages 21 and older). Carpe Diem is at 1568 Lincoln Way, Auburn; www.carpevinoauburn.com.