SF Chefs, the premiere food, wine, and spirits event in San Francisco has officially ended. To sum it all up in one word: WONDERFUL.
Whoever said opportunity knocks? In my case, opportunity tweeted and it read, “@thedailypalette @SFChefs We just sent you a message. ” What great timing, I thought. Right about that time, I started drafting my next blog post about GRANADA. For those of you who missed Spanish lessons last week, granada (the fruit) translates to POMEGRANATE in English. It was kismet.
Thank you POM Wonderful for giving me the opportunity to experience SF Chefs 2011!
Right outside the POM Lounge, every guest was greeted with a welcome shot of pomegranate juice. Once inside, immediately to your left stood the hosted bar. The atmosphere was warm and luxurious without being too indulgent. Soon enough I realized that the POM Lounge was a charmingly appointed retreat where one would like to escape the crowd [even for just a few]. The seats were plush and comfortable while the lighting and walls of crimson gave the perfect ambiance. I had never imagined red could be so relaxing. And I thought I knew my colors.
Inside the POM Orchard, I had the pleasure of meeting Chef Eddie Blyden of Miss Pearl’s Jam House (Oakland, CA). ”Chef Blyden celebrates the sustainable slow-food movement by utilizing produce grown from local organic farms as well as meat and produce that are natural, free-range, and raised without hormones and antibiotics. His creative small plates honor tradition, reflect the myriad of cultures he has lived in, and embrace eco-gastronomic principles. ~ Miss Pearl’s Jam House” He graciously presented me his take on gazpacho, and it was the first of three gazpacho tastings for me that afternoon. [In case you are visiting this site for the very first time, I am quite the Tomato Police. Chef Blyden undoubtedly tasted the batch of tomatoes that went into that cold soup!]
Snake Oil Cocktail Co., a San Diego-based boutique cocktail design & consulting firm hosted the bar at the POM Wonderful Lounge. You may contact them here.
Thank you very much for stopping by, and visit again real soon . SF Chefs 2011 Flickr Set coming right up!