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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

StarChefs: San Francisco Rising Stars Revue

There's an interesting event coming up in San Francisco next week, one that will bring together several of the Bay Area's best and brightest young chefs.   The evening is presented by StarChefs, an online culinary magazine that boasts an all-star celebrity chef advisory board and over 14 million hits per month on its website.   Each year, StarChefs selects 3-4 cities in which to put on a "Rising Stars Revue" - an event in which up and coming chefs from the selected city each prepare a dish and present it as part of an extensive "tasting menu."   Chefs are nominated for "rising star" status by the StarChefs Advisory Board, and they are ultimately selected by the magazine's Editorial Board.   Rising Stars Revues were put on in 2003 in Boston, Washington, D.C., New Orleans and Seattle, while the 2004 sites for the event were Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Miami.   This year, StarChefs has already presented the event in New York and Las Vegas, and San Francisco and Chicago will round out the schedule in the coming months.

The San Francisco Rising Stars Revue will be held on Monday, October 17, 2005 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Teatro ZinZanni (Pier 29 on The Embarcadero).   Regular tickets, $100 in advance or $125 at the door, allow diners to sample all of the chefs' dishes along with wine pairings selected by Rising Star sommeliers.   VIP tickets, which are $150 each, include a private pre-event reception with Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Champagne and caviar.   From the description on the StarChefs website, it sounds as though the dinner will be a "walk-around-and-sample" type of affair rather than a sit down meal.   Here is a list of the Rising Star chefs and the dishes that they will be presenting:

StarChefs' San Francisco Rising Stars Revue
Tasting Menu for October 17, 2005
David BazirganBarakaFoie Gras Torchon
Paul PiscopoXYZSardine Farcie Provencal
Stuart BriozaRubiconTerrine of Guinea Hen with Brioche Butter
Daniel HummCampton PlaceSea Urchin Capuccino with Dungeness Crab
Chris CosentinoIncantoOctopus Crudo
Melissa PerelloFifth FloorPan Roasted Duck Breast, Duck Confit, Fingerling Potato Hash
Christophe HilleA16Tomato Caponata with Tuna Conserva, Capers, Basil and Dried Bread
Dennis LearyCanteenRoulade of Lamb with Romesco and Bitter Greens
Robbie LewisJardiniereMaine Diver Scallops with Housemade Pancetta, Meyer Lemon, Roast Garlic-Parsley Nage
Bill BunnTeatro ZinZanniChicken Breast Stuffed with Far West Fungi Wild Mushrooms and Prosciutto di Parma
Christine LawPostrioPoached Pear Baba with St. Andre and Black Pepper Ice Cream
Boris PortnoyWinterlandWhite Coffee Parfait, Coffee Earth, Fig Gastrique
Marika DoobFifth FloorChocolate Velvet Mousse Cake with Brown Sugar Bananas
Elise FinebergTaste CateringA Trio of Chocolate

With such a diverse lineup, this should certainly be an interesting event!


Anonymous Brett said...

Sounds like a fun event and the menu looks especially good. I'd love to try that sea urchin capuccino from Daniel Humm! I recently assisted many of these same chefs at a fundraiser for CUESA at the Ferry Building. The food that the guests were served looked amazing (and everything I sampled tasted as good as it looked).

October 13, 2005 11:25 PM  
Blogger NS said...

Brett: Thanks for the comment! I actually had the good fortune of trying Humm's sea urchin capuccino at Campton Place earlier this week, and it was outstanding. Indeed, I would say it compares very favorably with my other favorite sea urchin dish -- Ron Siegel's sea urchin panna cotta. As for the CUESA dinner, I read about that and would have loved to have gone had my schedule permitted it. I'd be very interested in hearing more of your impressions of the evening and the food, particularly given your unique vantage point of having assisted the chefs!

October 14, 2005 3:39 PM  

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