Kim Alter’s tasting menus at Nightbird in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley tell compelling stories, like the opening “Insight” menu that was all white until the last course, when there was a burst of color. That menu reflects the journey her mother took from descending into blindness—and seeing only blurry outlines of colors—to having an experimental surgery that allowed her to see again. Thus the bright dessert. Listen in to this episode to hear how Alter has shaped her restaurant and her team to bring nuanced flavors and emotions to the table.

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