A Visit to Chef Basil’s

by | Dec 6, 2017 | Uncategorized




[ Link: http://www.nightbeforechristmas.biz/ ]


I lived in an apartment on West 23rd Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood when I attended the New York Restaurant School. One of the things I loved about living in Chelsea was the fact that my apartment was on land that was formerly the estate belonging to the family of Clement Clarke Moore (1779 ~ 1863) who wrote “A Visit from St. Nicholas” – better known today as “The Night Before Christmas.” I had treasured a beautifully illustrated copy that – alas – suffered the fate of being loved too well. I read it so many times it eventually fell apart. It remains one of the best and most magical poems I’ve ever read.

I hope Mr. Moore would not be too harsh a critic of my effort to capture the spirit of his poem and the magic of Sweet Basil at Christmas time. We’ll have no “new fallen snow” nor a “chimney” nor “the down of a thistle.” But we’ll strive to make “A Visit to Chef Basil’s” part of a “Happy Christmas” to all.



The WEEKS Before Christmas

  • ‘Twas some weeks before Christmas,
  • when the staff completed its appraisal
  • and found everything ready to go at Sweet Basil:
  • Decorations were hung all ‘round the store with care,
  • And gifts galore were here, there and everywhere!
  • There were Pans for baking and Pots for cooks,
  • and shelves of tantalizing recipe Books.
  • And Knives for slicing and Food Mills for ricing
  • and Bowls to mix batter, dressings and icing.
  • And shelves of delicious Treats for noshing.
  • And Platters for serving and Rolling Pins for squashing,
  • and Tea Pots, Cups, Mugs and Tins of Tasty Teas.
  • And ready-for-fresh-grinding roasted coffees.
  • And Ready-2-Go Gift Baskets or they can be Custom Made.
  • And bottles of imported Olive Oil and jars of Marmalade.
  • And Gift Certificates that can be used in Sweet Basil’s Market Cafe
  • or for Cooking Classes or elegant Wine Glasses for that aged Cabernet.
  • Chef Basil is ready to greet Sweet Basil’s guests
  • and join the Staff in wishing each the Best
  • and Merriest Christmas!