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Friday, March 28, 2014

Scenes from Taste of the Nation 2014

Posted By on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM

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We're a notoriously foodie city, with an astonishing number of excellent restaurants at our fingertips. But every day, children go hungry in our country -- nay, even in our city -- while we sup and swill at our haute eateries.

Luckily, we can eat our way toward a solution to the problem.

Last night was Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation, where 100 of the Bay Area's top restaurants, distilleries, breweries and wineries served up sips and nibbles to help end childhood hunger. Proceeds go to non-profits around the country, including local beneficiaries 18 Reasons and Children of Shelters.

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Chef Suzette Gresham of Acquerello gets our vote for most fun bite of the night, tempura-fried mussels with citrus foam. Grab a shell by the point, put it in your mouth, invert, slurp -- and repeat.

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Also in the shell, Castro tapas spot Canela poured up wee bowls of clams in fish stock with garlic sofrito, saffron and wine.

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Delfina doled out dainty dishes of creamy sweet pea sfomatino.

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Chefs Craig Stoll and Brian Gremillon of Delfina.

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Getting foxy with the ladies at Cavalier, who served batons of toast in a hen egg hollandaise in the shell. Apparently rooster eggs are too rare to use.

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The Castro's Cerveza MateVeza poured tastes of their brews made with yerba maté. The tea enhances the bitterness of hops, and adds a mildly caffeinated kick to the beer.

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Rabbit featured in a few bites, like these rabbit and pork terrine canapés with pickled mustard seeds. Nearby, Frances rolled out Devil's Gulch rabbit meatballs.

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Ball-shaped food was also on trend. Here, Spruce is lining up salty bacalao croquetas with green garlic and a haunting smear of smoked honey. Pizza Antica fried up arancini with pork belly and tomato conserva.

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Among the breweries represented was S.F.'s own Speakeasy, pouring two hoppy selections and one pilsner for the hop-averse.

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Suerte Tequila served sips of their highlands spirit to tasters.

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Alameda's St. George Spirits hosted a bar featuring cocktails made with their broad selection of spirits.

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The St. George Spirits bar attracted handsome tipplers.

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An outsider's view of prep, as the setting sun set the city aglow.

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A silent auction featuring dining and experiential packages added to the kitty, and for $40 a throw, you could spin a wheel of fortune to win gift certificates at sponsoring restaurants.

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Last year's event at the Bentley Reserve raised $185,000. With the expanded location at City View, this year the event raised more than $230,000.


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