I am so excited to announce a very special Sprig guest chef: my amazing mother, Heidi Keller. This Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 10), I invite you to join the Sprig family and enjoy dishes from my childhood for dinner.
Mom raised me on her own as a single mother while also working as a busy executive. But no matter how busy she was, she insisted that we sit down and eat as a family. We grew produce in our garden and cooked and ate nearly every meal together. Food was family, and family was love.
As Mom remarried and our family grew to include my stepfather and brother, food bound us together. We invited work acquaintances and school friends to our holiday feasts and took to calling our guests ‘the orphans.’ Through food, eating and celebrating, we continued to grow the family.
This Mother’s Day, we dedicate the Sprig menu to Heidi Keller. And she’ll actually be in the Sprig kitchen with me, helping make the meals and reminiscing along the way! I can’t wait for you to get to taste the food I was raised on – I hope you love it as much as I do.
-Nate Keller, Founding Executive Chef
Sprig's Mother's Day menu:
Chicken Pipian Verde
Mom fell in love with this dish while traveling the Yucatan with my Dad. She brought her own take to the dish, using produce we grew in our garden, and it became a staple of our dinner table growing up. As we cooked dinner together the recipe was passed down to me, and it's always held a special emotional significance to the both of us.
N8's Mom's Taco Bowl
Our family has been eating this dish for as long as I can remember. Mom described them as her version of a "trashy Texas taco." My brother and I just called them Mom's Tacos and we would literally race to the kitchen when we'd hear they were on the menu!
Mushroom and Swiss Chard Lasagna with Saffron Cauliflower
Mom developed this lasagna recipe while she was teaching at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. She taught a vegetarian class and this dish became a hit not just with the students but with us at home as well. You can feel good about about what you're eating in this dish and also love the huge flavors.