Extra Virgin’s Michael Smith on turning 50, turkey testicles, and eating at El Bulli
Michael Smith and his wife, Nancy, will be spending his 50th birthday — tomorrow — in Spain. The co-owners of Michael Smith and Extra Virgin restaurants have made arrangements to dine at chef Ferran Adria’s legendary El Bulli restaurant for Michael’s half-century celebration. “It took over a year to get the reservation,” he says.
It’s not that difficult to get a reservation to Smith’s namesake restaurant, which is now nearly four years old. He discussed the challenges of operating an upscale restaurant in a changing economy with Fat City. Do Kansas Citians still want upscale dining?