Come Hungry San Francisco – SF Chefs will satisfy your appetites on July 28 – August 4

By Gean Dee
Images by Brian Wong Photography

On June 25, 2013, atop the Grand Hyatt, on the 36th floor, providing amazing views of San Francisco and the Bay beyond, SF Chefs Food, Wine & Spirits Festival officially launched its fifth season. Establishing San Francisco as a premier culinary destination in the course of only 5 years, 2013 promises to be the most spectacular and memorable one to date. SF chefs showcase Culinary Masters, winemakers, wineries and sommeliers, as well as Bar Stars, distillers, brewers and bartenders for a week of tasting events, classes, demonstrations, competitions, and parties. The Grand Tasting Tent set up right in the middle of Union Square will provide the venue for many of these events which run from July 28 through August 4.

Greeted by music played by a DJ to quickly put us in a relaxed mood, we saw tables neatly lined up against the wall tempting attendees with food and drink alike. The Derby Cocktail Company lured us with concoctions cleverly poured into a snow cone. It brought us back to years past, with memories of scorching summers and cool refreshing drinks complete with sticky hands. The Harvey Wallbanger, made from Crystal Head vodka, Galliano and orange was delicious.  The Market Diablo made from Espolon Blanco tequila, Cassis, blackberry purée and ginger beer was a close second.

Chef Mike Ransom from Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen treated us to lamb belly pastrami sandwich with I.P.A. caramel glazed lamb belly, horseradish mustard herb salad on Rye. Puccini and Pinetti’s Chef Avery Holt prepared a Lamb and Sweet Pepper Meatball, Mint and Cilantro Creme Fraiche. The Tomato and Mozzarella skewers by Chef Martino DiGrande of Palio D’Asti were sublime. The Turkey Pot Pie  was to-die-for as was the Chocolate Stout Beer Float with Malted Milk Ice Cream and Malted Milk Candy.

Pastries from Cafe Madeleine were a perfect way to end the evening.  The Coconut Panna Cotta Passion fruit coulis with pastry cream and black barley did it for me all the way to the very end!

Though the food and drink kept everyone busy, the main event was the announcement of SF Chefs highlight event “Masters of their Craft: Celebrating the Great Female chefs and Sommeliers of San Francisco” to be held on Sunday, July 28 at Prospect restaurant. This amazing dinner will spotlight San Francisco’s acclaimed female Chefs, led by Chef Nancy Oakes will cook an eight course dinner that will be paired with wines selected by some of the Bay Area’s most skilled female sommeliers, led by Shelley Lindgren of A16 and SPQR. They will be hand-selecting wines made from female winemakers as well. Dinner will be followed by a dessert buffet prepared by some of San Francisco’s top female pastry chefs.

This once in a lifetime dinner will be held  Sunday, July 28th at 5:30 pm in Prospect.  Tickets cost $450/person.

As the summer sun heats up our days, so does the month of July whet our appetite as we impatiently await the SF Chefs Food, Wine & Spirits Festival!

Event Details:

Masters of their Craft: Celebrating the Great Female chefs and Sommeliers of San Francisco

Date:     Sunday, July 28

Time:     5:30pm

Tickets:  $450/person

Where:   Prospect 300 Spear Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Participating Chefs:

  • Host Chef Nancy Oakes, Boulevard and Prospect
  • Host Chef Pam Mazzola, Prospect
  • April Bloomfield, Tosca
  • Dominique Crenn, Atelier Crenn
  • Loretta Keller, Coco500 and Seaglass
  • Gayle Pirie, Foreign Cinema
  • Melissa Perello, Frances
  • Jennifer Puccio, Marlowe and Park Tavern
  • Dana Younkin, Boulevard

Participating Pastry Chefs:

  • Emily Luchetti, Farallon and Waterbar
  • Maya Erickson, AQ
  • Melissa Chou, Aziza
  • Lori Baker, Baker & Banker
  • Sarah Rich, Rich Table
  • Nicole Krasinski, State Bird Provisions
  • Belinda Leong, B. Patisserie
  • Lisa Lu, Boulevard

Participating Sommeliers:

  • Lead Sommelier Shelley Lindgren, A16 and SPQR
  • Dominique Henderson Clay and Jennifer Warren, A16
  • Nissa Suteja, Acquerello
  • Petra Polakovicova, Epic Roasthouse
  • Stevie Stacionis, Guild of Sommeliers and ‘A Drink with Friends’
  • Emily Horenian,  Spruce
  • Haley Guild Moore, Stock & Bones
  • Jimenez Rivera, SPQR
  • Nicole Kosta, The Mandarin Oriental

To  Purchase tickets :

Must be 21 or over to attend. Advanced ticket purchase required.

The Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund provides one-time, temporary assistance to help people experiencing an unexpected crisis. Each year, the Fund helps approximately 5,000 individuals and families in the nine-county Bay Area and distributes nearly $1 million to local Bay Area food banks. 100% of donations go directly to those in need.