Photographer: Rick Camargo
For the 4th year in a row, San Francisco’s biggest food and wine festival brought the best of the best.
A feast for all the senses, SF Chefs was a grand showcase for all aspects of the culinary world. World-class chefs, vintners, brewers, and mixologists from over 100 bay area restaurants, wineries, and breweries dished it out in the decadent Grand Tasting Tent.
The VIP ribbon-cutting ceremony officially inaugurated the weekend-long festival, which ran from August 3-5.
Guests savored bites from the best – over 100 acclaimed Bay Area chefs – including Martin Yan (My China Opening Fall 2012), Craig Stoll (Delfina and Pizzeria Delfina), Emily Luchetti (Waterbar and Farralon Restaurants), Gary Danko (Gary Danko), Charles Phan (The Slanted Door), Hubert Keller (Fleur de Lys and Burger Bar), Joanne Weir (Copita), Thomas McNaughton (Flour + Water), Mourad Lahlou (Aziza), Anthony Strong (Locanda), David Lawrence (1300 on Fillmore), Chris Cosentino (Incanto), Hoss Zaré (Zare at Fly Trap), Jen Biesty (Scala Bistro), Russell Jackson, Perry Hoffman (Etoile), and Ryan Scott (Ryan Scott 2 Go).
Another facet of the multi-sensory experience was the popular cooking demonstration. Chefs Jeffrey Saad (The Grove), Anjan Mitra (Dosa), Dave Arnold (International Culinary Center), Joanne Weir (Copita) and celebrity chef Tyler Florence (Wayfare Tavern and El Paseo) gave demonstrations throughout Saturday afternoon under the Union Square tent.
As if delicious bites and cooking demos weren’t enough, mixologists were serving up specialty cocktails while local and international wineries and breweries offered tastings.
And last but not least, it wouldn’t be a party without an after-party. Each night, from 10:30pm to the wee hours, after parties offered more mingling, drinking and of course, delicious food from specially chosen late-night chefs.
All of the buzz, food and wine, cooking demos and parties have added up one spectacular affair. After the 4th year, the impressive weekend-long event has made their stake in the ground as San Francisco’s premiere culinary festival.