Women Shine at SF Chefs 2013

Jul 31, 2013 by

Women Shine at SF Chefs 2013


Women take center stage at this year’s SF Chefs hosted at Union Square and select restaurants throughout San Francisco July 28 – Aug. 4.

The annual seven day food and wine fest is in its fifth year. An estimated 250 chefs delectable dishes will be paired with wine and spirits selected by 50 experts representing 75 wineries and 30 bars.

To celebrate the annual event is honoring the City by the Bay’s women chefs and sommeliers and spirits experts, 23 and 14 respectively.

The week kicked off with a $450 per plate dinner at Prospect Restaurant, home of Chef Nancy Oakes and Pam Mazzola July 28. The seven-course dinner was paired with wines hand-selected by some of the Bay Area’s most skilled female sommeliers, led by A16 and SPQR’s Shelley Lindgren.

Nancy and Pam were joined by April Bloomfield, Dominique Crenn, Loretta Keller, gayle Pirie, Melissa Perello, Jennifer Puccio, Sarah Rich and Dana Younkin. Deserts were served up by women pastry chefs, including Lori Baker of Baker and Banker.

The dinner event followed a day of celebrating the city’s women chefs and was presented by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, according to the organization, which produces the annual event, website.

That was just the beginning. Women chefs and food critics will be out in force Aug. 3 and 4 at the Grand Tasting Tent in Union Square and other events around the city.

Women chefs, cicerones, food critics, mixologists, sommeliers and more will appear at demonstrations, events and parties, and panels and workshops hosted at 14 venues throughout the week.

Get your sweet tooth ready for Friday Night’s Opening Celebration Aug. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the cake competition. Pastry chefs, such as Laura Cronin of Perbacco Restaurant’s and Francis Ang of Fifth Floor Restaurant, will delight the crowds, who will be the judges, and compete to win your sugary taste buds.

Who says that you can’t eat desert first? After you get your cake, foodies will be able to wander through tents sampling tasty bites offered up by San Francisco’s best restaurants.

Find out what the best of the best food critics from coast to coast think about food at the Editor’s Panel Aug. 3 at 11 a.m. at the Grand Hyatt. Miriam Morgan of the San Francisco Chronicle, Kim Severson of the New York Times, Margo True of Sunset Magazine and Tom Sietsema of the Washington Post will discuss food across the country and covering the U.S. culinary scene. The discussion will be moderated by Andrew Freeman, proprietor of Andrew Freeman & Co., a co-presenter of the event with Sunset Magazine. AF&Co. is also a co-sponsor handling SF Chef’s public relations.

Learn how to make flatbreads with Chef Sharon Nahm of E&O Asian Kitchen, who will be teaching the art of making flaky and delicious flatbreads with fine cooking contributor Thy Tran at This is How I Roll Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. at William Sonoma.

SF Chefs, a food and wine event that celebrates the unique flavor, diversity and bounty of Northern California, is presented by Visa Signature and produced by the GGRA. GGRA is a nonprofit trade association representing San Francisco’s restaurateurs since 1936.

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