Owner, The Good King Tavern
Artichokes have always had a special place in Chloe Grigri’s heart. “I have memories of preparing artichokes with my grandmother in the South of France. I remember digging out all of the fuzzies inside,” she says. So you might expect to find this sometimes-intimidating vegetable on her home dinner table and, occasionally, on the menu at the restaurant she co-owns with her father, the Good King Tavern in Bella Vista.
Her favourite recipe, Artichokes à la Barigoule, comes from the cookbook Pedaling through Provence (Workman, 1995) by Sarah Leah Chase. Grigri’s mother cooked from its pages often when Grigri was growing up, and that same old copy has migrated to the restaurant and then finally onto Grigri’s home bookshelf.
Grigri studied political science and history in college before working as a restaurant server and bartender for more than 10 years. Despite being an avid home cook, her years working in the restaurant business never took her into the professional kitchen.
“When you do it as long as I did, you have to love the work. It’s a tough business,” she says. It was that love of the restaurant world that made her leap at the chance to open Good King Tavern with her father in the fall of 2013. That work keeps her away from her home kitchen many evenings, but when she can cook at home, she loves to make this recipe and open a bottle of Muscadet.
THE GOOD KING TAVERN
614 S. 7th St., Philadelphia