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Last Thursday, Yum and I had the pleasure of attending a delicious fundraiser in San Francisco. Taste of the Nation is a one-night event held in major cities across the United States; the proceeds are donated to Share Our Strength — an organization that fights the hunger crisis in America. Chefs from all over the city came together to serve bites that represented their restaurants and culinary point of view. Here, you'll find out what we enjoyed at the tasting reception that was held at the Giants stadium.
Last Thursday night, I attended one of my favorite parties of the year: Taste 2008. Taste is a fundraiser for Root Division — an organization here in San Francisco — that provides studio space for up-and-coming artists in exchange for their services as art teachers. Food and art expertly clash at this event that invited some of SF's top restaurants to create dishes. To take a look at the food art and the artful food, click the "Start" button.
Last Thursday night, I was invited to a fundraiser that kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness month. Put on by the organization Beats For Boobs, the event was a celebration of art, fashion, food, and music with the focus on breast cancer awareness. The annual fundraiser began in 2003 as a reaction to event producer Juliana Cochnar's mother's diagnosis with breast cancer.
- The Invite: In flyer form with the image shown at left. It stated that guests wear pink... and lots of it!
- The Look: An over the top explosion of all things pink. Tons of fresh, beautiful pink floral arrangements, pink tablecloths, pink ribbons, pink silverware, napkins, etc.
- The Menu: A smörgåsbord of scrumptious, slow roasted pork tenderloin chunks; fresh vegetarian spring rolls; sticky sweet barbequed chicken wings; crunchy crudites with creamy dips; cheeses; crackers; and much much more. For dessert they had cupcakes with candies in the shape of nipples for garnish!
- The Music: A rowdy mix of remixed hits, bumping beats, and smooth house. To promote feminine empowerment, the DJs were all female.
On Tuesday night I had the honor of attending the Barneys opening after party. Barneys, the New York fashion mecca, has finally opened their doors here in San Francisco. To celebrate their arrival, a blowout bash was thrown in clear plastic tents, in Union Square, several blocks from the store.
- The party's 70s glam, meets Las Vegas showgirl theme, was set by the invitation:
You would be insane to miss the Barneys New York Opening After Party
Burlesque Glamour - Mardi Gras Realness - A Disco-Inferno
- The Look was an interesting mix of sleek, lux, and casual accents. Disco balls, sunflowers, silver accents and graffiti abounded. The ground was covered in a lush carpeting and deep purple banquets offered a nice space for lounging.
- The Menu was originally meant to be an all dessert one, but instead there was a full buffet meal catered by Quince and chef Michael Tusk. There was creamy pasta with mushrooms, incredibly juicy smoked duck, and a scrumptious heirloom tomato stuffed with cheese and basil. When the desserts were finally rolled out, I could not stop popping the fabulous chocolate truffles in my mouth.
- The music was a mix of classic hits, like Prince's "Kiss," and current favs, such as Rihanna's "Umbrella". FabSugar and I danced the night away and were both wonderfully surprised when we looked over and realized Simon Doonan — Barneys creative director — and Jonathan Adler — interior designer extraordinaire — were dancing beside us!
If you live in the Bay Area, be sure to check out the new store. If you don't, browse through the pictures of the event and read my tips on how to host a similar party in your own home! Just read more