Sugar Party Creates a Buzz at SF Chefs 2010
San Francisco, being a premier food city, hosted a week long event SF Chefs 2010 to give food lovers a chance to sample of their favorite local chefs’ signature dishes. The event included a Sugar Party, a dessert extravaganza featuring the best of local pastry chefs’ summer creations.
And what a fun event it was! The Westin St. Francis, one of my favorite Grand Hotels of San Francisco, was the venue for this decadent event. The room was alight in a pink wash with dessert stations arranged around the room. The center of the room featured some of the more innovative beverage stations.
Prior to the official start of the event, the buzz was palpable as pastry chefs hurried to finish creating their signature desserts. As the doors opened, the crowds rushed in while final touches were being made and desserts were being plated. Many desserts included artisan ice cream pairings, such as Blue Bottle coffee ice cream. The decadent use of meringue, cream, foam, sorbet, chocolate and caramel combined with seasonal fruit was more than indulgent.
The artistic desserts were created by Pastry Chefs Emily Luchetti (Farallon, Waterbar) and Elizabeth Falkner (Orson, Citizen Cake) who served ice cream paired with seasonal fruits, transformed into decadent creations. Along with celebrated pastry chefs Luis Villavelazquez (Absinthe), Ethan Howard (Cavallo Point), Larissa Friesen (Ghirardelli), Dominique Crenn (Luce), Catherine Schimenti (Michael Mina), Nick Flores (RN74), Jean Francois Houdre (Westin St. Francis), Christine Law (Anchor & Hope) and William Werner who contributed artistic warm-weather desserts to tempt every palate
To wash it down, beverages included Rouge, a cherry liquor served with a splash of sparkling wine, Starbuck’s “Galapagos-blend” drip coffee, Mighty Leaf Tea, Amarula Cream, Dow’s Port and Graham’s Port.
SF Chefs 2010 was produced by Golden Gate Restaurant Association and ran August 9-15, 2010. Stay tuned for next year’s event and order tickets early.
What’s Sugar without a little Spice? Check out our coverage of the SF Chefs 2010 Spice Party.