A chilly Spring has me longing for a tropical vacation. One way to get a little taste of the islands in our own backyard is to dine at Roy’s. Chef Roy Yamaguchi is one of the most influential and well-respected Hawaiian chefs. His style of fusion cuisine combines Asian, French and Hawaiian ingredients and techniques. He is Hawaii’s first James Beard award-winner and this year his restaurants are celebrating their 20th year with special dinners.

Tomorrow’s 20th anniversary dinner takes place at the San Francisco Roy’s, with Roy at the helm. Local and Hawaiian ingredients will be featured with a particular emphasis on sustainable seafood and a portion of proceeds will go to Grow for Good, a national initiative dedicated to supporting local farms and encouraging sustainable agriculture.

amuse buche
Shiro-Shoyu Marinated Kona Kampachi “Nigiri”–sustainable princess conch, tri-color tobiko & Kumamoto oysters–Perrier Jouet Grand Brut

first course
Kona Lobster Ceviche–California avocado and halibut turtle shell, –organic watermelon radish, Cara Cara oranges
Jacob’s Creek Riesling

second course
Organic Sausalito Springs Watercress & Red Kaiware Sprout Salad
goat cheese, Sparrow Lane Napa walnut vinaigrette –Brancott Sauvignon Blanc

third course
Japanese Wagyu Topped Niman Ranch Top Sirloin–Delta asparagus, red Irish potatoes, Sebastopol mushrooms
Jacob’s Creek Reserve Shiraz

fourth course
Hawaiian Vanilla & Rum Infused “Baba”–Berkeley Farms sweet cream–Sandeman
Tawny 20 Year Port

What: Roy’s 20th Anniversary Dinner
Cost: Tickets are $100 (excludes tax & gratuity)
When: Thursday April 10th, Seating from 5:00 to 9:30 pm
Where: Roy’s is located at 575 Mission Street in San Francisco
More: The evening will also include performance by Hawaiian dancers and Patrick Landeza
How: To make your reservation for this special event, please call 415.777.0277

Another sweet event, literally, is a pairing of wine and chocolate at local chocolate shop, Cocoa Bella.

Head over to Cocoa Bella Chocolates on Union Street for the first Wine and Chocolate Soire. They’ll be offering a six-piece tasting of favorite American and European chocolates paired with a 3-glass selection of sparkling and dessert wines. The staff will be on hand to discuss how to match up your favorite bonbons with port, Madeira, and other after-dinner drinks. Each attendee will go home with a 2-piece box of complimentary chocolates chosen from the evening’s special selection.

Space is limited, so make your reservations now. Reserved tickets can be paid for at the door. Some additional tickets may be available on the night of the event, but advance reservations are encouraged to ensure your space at this entertaining and informative event.

What: Wine & Chocolate Soiree
Cost: $40 per person
When: Thursday, April 10, 2008, 7 PM – 9 PM
Where: Cocoa Bella Chocolates, 2102 Union St at Webster, San Francisco
More: Includes 6-piece chocolate tasting, 3 glasses of selected wines, and complimentary 2-piece chocolate box
How: For reservations, call (415) 931-6213 or email cocoabellachocolates@yahoo.com
Additional tickets may be available at the door

Celebrate The Sweet Life 9 April,2008Amy Sherman

  • Roy’s sounds fantastic. I wont be able to make the event but I really do want to visit the restaurant. I have seen it advertised but the name “Roy’s” just did not make me think “delicious food” (No offense intended) but after hearing this menu… I am going to visit. I don’t eat sugar or flour products or really any carbs but I expect I can get a great salad and some lean protein. Any menu suggestions for those of us watching our intake?

  • Jennifer

    Like others, I’ve dismissed Roy’s as a chain restaurant. Not any more. I was convinced to try the special dinner on the promise that Roy Yamaguchi would be in the kitchen himself. It was clear a lot of care and thought had gone into the menu design and execution. Service was also top notch, and Roy came out and personally greeted all the tables. Thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. Not sure how a regular night would compare, but I will happily return to try it.


Amy Sherman

Amy Sherman began blogging in 2003, because all her
friends and family were constantly asking her where
and what to eat. Three months after it launched,
Forbes chose her blog, Cooking with Amy, as one of the
top five best food blogs, praising her writing as
“smart, cozy and witty”. Since then her blog has been
featured and recipes reprinted in many newspapers and
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In addition to regularly updating her blog, Amy is a
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Contributing Editor of Glam Dish. She also writes
restaurant reviews for SF Station.

Her focus on Bay Area Bites is primarily cookbook
reviews along with some interviews and current events.

Amy is a recipe developer and freelance food writer.
She is author of WinePassport: Portugal and wrote the new introduction to the classic cookbook, Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book, published by the University of Nebraska Press. She recently completed 45 recipes for a Williams-Sonoma cookbook and wrote her first piece for VIA magazine.

She is currently serving on the board of the San Francisco Professional Food Society and is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Amy lives in San Francisco with her husband, tech journalist Lee Sherman.

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