Thank you for all your support my loves, it’s been quite a tumultuous week here with personal matters taking center stage before work, the blog, or my social obligations.
I received extremely ecstatic news of a new birth and spent the morning celebrating this momentous occasion and by nightfall was crushed by the sudden loss of my best friend’s amazing, AMAZING father. Life is funny in this way. You take the good, you take the bad but after the day is done all you have is your health, your hopes, and your beating heart.
 It’s times like these that I am humbled by the story of life. Where there’s a beginning, there’s an imminent end. So celebrate in love, rejoice in family, and hold on tight to your friends for they are the pieces of your existence that deserve honest and open praise. Without y’all, I’d seriously be a walking zombie. 

Mind you, a zombie who eats way too well for her own good. Don’t believe me? Peep out another one of the infamous Chef’s Bet Dinners made by friends, presented to friends, and ultimately a testament to what TRUE friendship is all about…effort and gratitude.

3rd Annual Chef’s Bet Dinner

Beef Tendon and Pig Ear with chili aioli and Lemon Fish Sauce | Paired with Hangar, One Ginger Salted Lime
 

 

Luna Oyster, Leeks, Potato Caviar  |  Watakake Onikoroshi Sake
 

Razor Clam, Almonds, Spring Onion Garlic | Charles de Marques Brut Champagne

Scallop, Asparagus, Seaweed Gochujang Cured Yolk | MacMurray Ranch Pinot Gris 2012 Russian River Valley

 

Lobster, Arborio Rice Parmesan | Gnarly Head Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Monterey

 

Black Cod, Miso, Sake Sprouts Enoki  | Frog’s Leap Chardonnay 2012 Rutherford

Beets, Thai Basil Pine | Hitching Post Pinks Dry Rose 2012 Santa Barbara
Slider, Brioche, Bone Marrow Shallot | Irish Chocolate Milkshake
Pork Belly, Caviar, Radish | Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale

 

Duck, Faro, Cherry Port | De Loach Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Russian River Valley

Lamb-pop, Avocado Cucumber Yogurt | Athenaeum Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Rutherford

Shabu Wagyu, Daikon, Shitake Onion Habanero | Chappellet Vineyard Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Pritchard Hill
Chocolate Cake, Foie Gras, Fresh Strawberries | Macallan 12 Year

Thank you THANK YOU THANK YOU to our incredible chefs du jour: Theo, John, Viet, Chris, and Binh- you guys are such an inspiration!  I can’t thank you enough for one of the most spectacularly remarkable tastings that left me with such a lasting impression of what it means to give from the gut.

Who says losing these bets can’t live forever in infamy? ;D

 

For previous Chef’s Bet Dinners, click here, here, and here.  These guys don’t mess around and I’ve got the pix to prove it!
Cheers to life, love, and friendship!

Bon appétit mes amis!

 

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5 Comments

  1. How strange that this news came just at once… I wish you all the best with both matters!

  2. Whoa, I don't think I've ever seen so many delicacies in one place, this looks super yummy… and so chic! You seemed to have a fabulous time, love that oyster pic! Thanks for stopping by, sweetheart, yes, Pat Field is awesome and no, the prices aren't that outrageous, about 60 for a sweater isn't too bad I'd say 😉 xoxo
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