East Bay Stars Shone at Eat Drink SF
Eat Drink SF, the seventh annual be-there-or-be-stuck-at-home-eating-fishsticks food-a-ganza whose exciting events took place at various San Francisco locations this month drew many thousands of eager attendees and featured a lot of shimmering East Bay star-power.
Several Grand Tastings in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason on Friday and Saturday, August 21 and 22, proved immensely popular as guests thronged to sample treats prepared by dozens of the Bay Area's top chefs and mixologists, representing restaurants, wineries, brewers and other purveyors of food-and-drinkly goodness.
Delights on offer -- from a vast array of venues including Aveline, Scala's Bistro, the Ramen Bar, Heritage Eats, Dragon Beau, Pizzeria Delfina, Palm House, Terzo, Deep Eddy Vodka, Junípero Gin, Brugal Rum, The King's Ginger, Stella Artois and sooo many more -- ranged from tuna crudo to caramelized short ribs to kimchi egg salad to tapioca tea to gelato sandwiches to cream horns to avocado-uni toast to peach/pork-belly farro to rye cocktails to chocolate-cake pops to mushroom bao to cheese plates to duck barbacoa with foie-guacamole on duck-fat fried chips.
Refreshing the Grand Tasting crowd were Berkeley-based Trumer Pils:
... and Oakland-based Mr. Espresso:
Adorning his fare with fresh summer flowers was Mike Ward, executive chef at Livermore-based The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards. Seen here is a member of Ward's culinary team:
Imported-from-Peru Barsol Pisco was being mixed into cocktails with pineapple gum syrup from Berkeley-based Small Hand Foods:
A palpable thrill percolated through the packed pavilion. Here's to another great EDSF next year!
(All photographs are by Kristan Lawson.)