SFChefs 2010 Event Recap

SFChefs 2010 Event Recap Recipe

My husband Lulu and I spent 3 fantastic days in San Francisco for the SFChefs2010 event this weekend. It's the second year the event has been organized and I wanted to share my experience with you.

We attended several panel discussions and the huge SF Chef Grand Tasting. Union Square looked interesting, covered with a large white tent. It was a great opportunity for the public to meet with the most prestigious and decorated chefs in a very fun and festive atmosphere.

One of the panel discussions gathered the crème de la crème of the culinary industry with Charles Phan (Slanted Door, Out the Door), Michael Mina (Restaurant Michael Mina), Cindy Pawlcyn (Mustards Grill, Go Fish and Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen), Perry Hoffman (Étoile at Domaine Chandon) and his grandmother Sally Schmitt (not pictured), the original owner of the French Laundry. It was a fascinating panel. The celebrated chefs shared their success stories. Chef Charles Phan said he was writing a book; I can't wait for it to come out.

Chef Charles PhanMichael MinaCindy Pawlcyn Picture

SFChefs Grand Tasting

Tony Abou-Ganim
The Modern mixologist's demo: Tony Abou Ganim.

Dubliner Cheese Picture

Gougeres au Fromage
Gougeres from the Grand Tasting.

SF Chefs
Kerry Gold Cheese

I think what Lulu enjoyed the most --since he's a vegetarian-- was the Sugar Party at the Westin St. Francis Hotel, which featured some of the best pastry chefs such as Elizabeth Falkner (Orson, Citizen Cake), Catherine Schimenti --check out my take on her dessert-- (Michael Mina), Nick Flores (RN74), Jean Francois Houdre (Westin St. Francis), Emily Luchetti (Farallon, Waterbar), Luis Villavelazquez (Absinthe), Ethan Howard (Cavallo Point), Larissa Friesen (Ghirardelli), Dominique Crenn (Luce) and Christine Law (Anchor & Hope). We literally had an overdose of sugar but it was so worth it!

SFChefs Sugar Party

Tyler Florence Food Network
Chef Tyler Florence hosted a Bohemian Bash party at his newest SF restaurant, Wayfare Tavern. The deviled eggs were incredibly delicious; I loved how fluffy they were with strong flavors (anchovies and mustard). I also enjoyed the fried chicken which was so moist (I think buttermilk was the meat tenderizer that was used). Burgers, garlic frog legs, macaroni and cheese and popover bites were served as well.

We ended the weekend at another food industry seminar with Chefs Maurad Lahlou (Aziza), Laurence Jossel (Nopa) and Douglas Keane (Cyrus) among other notable chefs and restaurateurs.

Between you and me, after tasting foods from many San Francisco / Bay Area restaurants during the event and hearing more about some of the most famous chefs' passion for food, I already know which restaurants I'm going to be making reservations at when we're in the mood for fine dining. I can't wait to get started!

Jackie Pham


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