San Francisco’s summer of food-laden festivals officially kicked off this weekend as SF Chefs hit Union Square with a who’s who roster of the city’s best chefs, bartenders and winemakers showing off their skills. Now in its fifth year, this event seems to get bigger and more impressive each time it rolls around. As always, the Bay’s summer bounty of juicy tomatoes, sweet corn, and luscious salmon made it onto many of the dishes, along with a strong showing of house-cured charcuterie. For the thirsty, cocktails were king. Here are a few highlights from the Tasting Tent:

All Photos by Stephanie Hua

SF Chefs "Take the Cake" contest winner by Pastry Chef Paul Padua (The Ahwahnee)
SF Chefs 2013: Tasting TentCake by Francis Ang (Fifth Floor)Whole Hog Terrine with Pork Fat Mayo and Pickled Radish & Carrot from Spruce Chris Cosentino, Incanto3 Little Pigs: Truffle Mortadella, Pate Campagne, Smoked Liverwurst (Incanto)Jeff Baker, Baker & Banker

Carrot Ginger Cupcake on the Tree of Sweets (Morimoto Napa)
Jessica Entzel, Morimoto NapaCedar Plank Smoked Local King Salmon, summer tomato salad with sweet corn vinaigrette (EPIC Roasthouse)South Indian Spiced Lamb with an Uttapam & Chopped Salad (DOSA)Lauren Godfrey enjoying a cocktailSavory Peach Cobbler with Lardo and Virginia Ham (Wayfare Tavern)Tyler Florence, Wayfare Tavern

Wild Strawberry Shave Ice: SKYY Infusions Wild Strawberry, Pureed Strawberry, Ginger, Lemon, Barrel-Aged Bitters
Tuna, Tomato, ScallionBartender loveTostada (Tacolicious)Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whiskey & Oyster ShootersWhiskey and oyster shootersChandon Clenard, Pacific Catch

Cocktail O'Clock
About to shake things upPizza Bianca with Smoked Guanciale, Anchovy-Caper Aioli, and Early Girl Tomatoes (Locanda)Anthony Strong, Locanda (next Bachelor contestant?)Andrew FreemanLaura Cronin of Perbacco, co-winner of the "Take the Cake" contestRob Black, Executive Director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association & Paul Padua of The Ahwahnee, co-winner of the "Take the Cake" competition

SF Chefs Tasting Tent: Photo Highlights 8 August,2013Stephanie Hua


Stephanie Hua

Stephanie Hua is the creator of Lick My Spoon, a place for all things delicious. So far she has learned that she very much enjoys salted caramel anything, a good soup dumpling is worth a scalded tongue, and there is no room in life for non-fat cheese and crappy chocolate. Also, a barrel of cheese balls never ends well.

Stephanie has been known to choose her company based on how much they can pack it down. Ability to endure cramped quarters, sketchy back alleys, and uncharted paths to seek out that special dish is also a plus in her book. If you fit the criteria, drop a note. You’ll probably get along just fine.

Stephanie’s writing and photography have been featured in Fodor’s Travel, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Serious Eats, and Sundance Channel. Follow her on Facebook and @lickmyspoon.

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