This year's 23rd Annual Star Chefs and Vintners Gala benefiting Meals on Wheels was a feast of a fete, with more than 70 chefs working their magic behind the scenes, over 75 wineries pouring, and a steady stream of boozy concoctions coming from a few of the city's favorite bartenders. The hors d'oeuvres "grazer" was superb and barely left room for dinner. Of the (way too many) bites I had, some favorites were...
By far, the coolest thing of the evening was getting to witness the mass of top chefs preparing the courses behind the curtain. It was a sight to behold. A sea of plates, chef's whites, and incredible camaraderie. It was like a well-orchestrated dance -- teams of chefs searing, plating, garnishing...dozens of skilled hands hovering over rows upon rows of plates...and a procession of fantastic servers at the ready.
23rd Annual Star Chefs and Vintners Gala
Benefiting Meals on Wheels of San Francisco
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Fort Mason, SF
Janine Falvo's (Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar) adorable mini cone filled with orange marlin tartar with green peas and black truffle shavings. Notably, the green peas had been hit with some liquid nitrogen and then transformed into a powder form before being folded into the tartar. Fresh, light, and tasting of spring. Jeff Banker and Lori Baker's (Baker & Banker) house-smoked trout on potato latke with pickled beets, shaved fennel and horseradish crÃ¨me fraiche. Crispy and satisfying with familiar flavors amped up with great ingredients. Jennifer Biesty's (Scala's Bistro) duck liver mousse crostini topped with Swanton Farms strawberries, Sicilian pistachios and Villa Manodori balsamic. A rich, salty, sweet, balanced bite of perfect. Nathan Beriau and Patrick Callarec's (The Ritz-Carlton SF) seared jumbo scallop over uni risotto. The scallop was silky smooth and quivering inside, and the sea urchin roe risotto was pure decadence. Felt rich just eating this little plate...which was probably the idea...after wining and dining so well, one could sure feel like she had Benjamins lining her clutch. All part of the plan, I'm sure, as the Silent Auction was well underway at this point.