Mark Flaherty

Mark Flaherty is the kind of lawyer everyone likes to see. He has the enviable job of being the counsel of record for restaurants and bars that require licenses to serve all those yummy cocktails we enjoy. Representing everyone from the Marriott Hotels to the tiny bar in Rankin, Flaherty & O’Hara is the largest practice in the U.S. devoted to just that. (Let’s take a moment to raise a glass to Mark and all his good work.)

This man also enjoys food and is one of the best cooks I know. I’ll take restaurant recommendations from him any day.

Best meal he ate last week?

Last week, my friend Kathy graduated from the culinary school at the Art Institute and we went out to celebrate that and my birthday.

I made my first voyage to The Commoner, which just opened two blocks from my office. We had a good lunch!

We had a comfort food meal. Started with half a dozen WiAnno oysters. These are like Wellfleet oysters but are farmed. It was nice—salty and briny—with a parsley-laden mignonette.

And for my main course—it was such a yucky day and I saw what the next table ordered. It was an open-faced roast turkey sandwich with turkey slices two inches thick, serverd with fluffy mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts. I just had to have it.

My friend had a lamb hash sandwich with parsnip puree—a sandwich with a really nice bun.

But the piece de resistance was the sticky toffee pudding. It came with a big mound of ice cream. It was absurdly good.

I wanted to crawl under my desk and nap all afternoon.

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Leah Lizarondo is a food advocate, writer and speaker. She is also the co-founder of 412 Food Rescue, an organization that seeks to eliminate food waste to make an impact on hunger and the environment. She is the Chief Veghacker, recipe creator and curator at The Brazen Kitchen, where she writes about food and food policy. She writes about the intersection of food, health, innovation and policy.