This event actually happened last October 9 but I have to admit I can still taste all the amazing food I ate. FallFest is a food event brought to you by San Francisco Magazine to benefit Meals on Wheels. It's a grand tasting event that features SF's tastiest restaurants, talented mixologists and serious winemakers. There were chef demos, a cocktail competition (think like Top chef's quick fire challenge), live music and silent auctions. It's definitely one of the best food events I've been to this year not only because of the food but also because of the whole event's execution. No long lines waiting for food which means a stress free food tasting unlike some events were some restaurants actually run out of food to serve. There were also a lot of activities, including a chef demo from Martin Yan of M.Y. China opening at the Westfield mall early spring of 2012.
|cooking demo tent|
|with Chef Martin Yan|
For this event, I worked with meals on wheels. I was helping out with the cocktail competition which means access to booze. It was definitely the best seat in the house. Don Julio sponsored the competition and with that I get to taste the 1942 tequila which was really smooth. That was probably the best tequila I've tasted.
|cocktail competition tent|
|ladies of Don Julio|
|back view of the action|
|Alicia Walton and Allison Webber|
|the bartenders celebrating!|
|From Sens restaurant|
|Fig, house cured duck, blue cheese and smoked honey from Tiburon Grill|
|Compressed watermelon and tofu from Nombe Izakaya|
|Beet chips from Spruce|
|Serrano ham with tuna conserva from A16|
|Fig tart from Plant cafe|
|Apple butter cinnamon cream from Masa's|
|Pork and shrimp wontons from Slanted Door|
|Pork rillette and delicata squash panna cotta from Trace|
|From Murray circle|
|Frozen popcorn Blini from Eve|
|From Lakehouse at Calistoga Ranch|
|Sardines from Coco500|
Going to these events really inspire me. I don't just go, take pics and show off what I eat. I go because I want to eat good food, well not just good but outrageously great food. I want to taste something different. I'm looking for that bite that I will remember for years. I'm looking for fresh ideas, perfect combinations and creative dishes. I believe this event did that.