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

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