Tamara Reynolds


Tamara taught herself to cook as a young Navy wife, because she got tired of being the one who had to wash the dishes after dinner. After scrubbing one particularly blackened pan, she thought, ‘Jesus Christ, how much harder can cooking be?’ and started reading Gourmet magazine.

She managed to learn to cook, mostly by making mistakes, and along the way, divorced and moved to NYC. She arrived in the city with a collection of pans, three good knives, her prized KitchenAid Mixer and a box of opera scores. Her intended career as an opera singer didn’t work out. If it had, she might not have learned the art of service working at restaurants like Union Pacific, Babbo, Atlas, Fressen and Prune.

Tamara sings when she is drunk, travels when she can, tells stories for The Moth when she is lucky enough to be asked, and can be seen every week on Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats, She lives in Astoria because it’s the closest thing New York has to a small Midwestern town. She knows her butchers, her produce dudes and her fishmonger. She runs the wildly successful Sunday Night Dinner In Astoria supper club and has a small catering company, Van Alst Kitchen, staffed by many of her multitalented friends. You can follow her successes and failures at The Sunday Night Dinner Blog, and watch her and her husband Karl take their supper club on the road in Cooking Channel’s upcoming special Married With Dishes.


Food. Wine. Writing.

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