SF Chefs {Highlights}

Friday night marked another great year at the SF Chefs Grand Tasting Tent. The three-hour event transpired under a massive tent covering all of Union Square, and we took advantage of each and every minute to consume all the bites and beverages we could possibly squeeze in.
Here are a few highlights from the night…(please pardon the poor photo quality as I didn’t have my fancy camera in tow).
A16’s dish was definitely the crowd favorite of the night. They served up a very generous heap of burrata with the most divine heirloom tomatoes, some kind of bacony bits (pancetta?), with a light drizzle of olive oil, a crunchy sprinkle of salt, and torn basil leaves. So simple, but so perfect…and easy to recreate at home!

I stopped by for a quick hello and photo opp with Chris Cosentino, who, in case you weren’t aware, is kicking butt on this season of Top Chef Masters. Locally, Chris is famous for the offal-centric dishes he churns out at his popular SF restaurant, Incanto. He also just published his first cookbook and garnered a James Beard “Best Chef” Award nomination earlier this year. Chris was so friendly and paused for lots of fan pics in between plating up his dishes. I haven’t eaten at Incanto yet, but I’m looking forward to a trip soon to scratch #61 off the list, especially after tasting his amazing pork belly creation Friday night.

Columbus Salame surprised us all with a little treasure mingled within a spread of assorted salame bites…it was salame brittle. Totally nailed it on my favorite combo of savory and sweet.

Ahhh, the cocktails….lots…and lots…of cocktails. One of my favorite parts of the event is that it doesn’t just include wine tasting, but also includes wonderful, refreshing, and creative cocktails from a number of local establishments. While some were a bit generous with the pours, most were “taste” portions, which helped control the moderation a bit throughout the night. (Wait, did I just say moderation? Who am I kidding?)

I had a momentary geek-out and had to say hello to one of my favorites on the local food scene, Marcia Gagliardi (aka The Tablehopper). I devour her weekly newsletter and was so thrilled when I learned she’d recently joined 7×7 Magazine as contributing food editor. I met Marcia briefly last year, and couldn’t pass up the chance to say hello again when I spotted her in the crowd this year. I’m sure a ton of people approach her at these events, but she couldn’t have been sweeter in taking the time for a chat. 

Of course, my very favorite part of the night was that all my favorite hometown 
friends were there to enjoy it with me. 
It’s the second year my crew of friends came into town for the event, 
and we all agree it’s a must-do for 2013 and beyond.

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