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Monday, November 7, 2011

Sugar Rush at the Sir Francis Drake: Prep Your Sweet Tooth Now

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 8:00 AM

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In a world of corn syrup, San Francisco chefs continue to handle sugar as well as anyone, and San Franciscans themselves have certainly supported them. Now you can support your sweet tooth, and a great cause, alongside some of the Bay's best desserts. The fifth annual Sugar Rush, Spark's annual dessert and wine tasting event, is coming to San Francisco, November 10th, at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel

The line up looks exceptionally sweet, with many consistent SFoodie favorites creating featured desserts for the evening:

Chez Panisse

Recchiuti Confections


Humphry Slocombe



Mama's Bakery


Scala's Bistro


While sweet treats are the obvious focus, there's also wine. Barber Cellars, B.R. Cohn Winery, and Starlite Vineyards will pour. If you need a palate cleanser before returning to gorge on sweet bliss, the producers promise "some non-sweet food (olives, bread, etc.) for some "sweet relief" as well."

Silent and live auctions will raise money for Spark's programs in support of under-served Bay Area youth. Auctions can yield unique items at exceptional values, so don't get so distracted by the newest Humphry Slocombe creation that you miss looking over the offerings. These offerings will include high-end getaways, sports tickets and packages, wine tours, hotel/restaurant packages, and more. Silent auction selections are certain to have a host of culinary and other gems.

Standard tickets are $75 in advance, or $85 at the door, for 7:30 PM admission. VIP tickets ($125 in advance/$135 at the door) allow access at 7:00 PM as well as, "exclusive tastings with the chefs, access to a VIP-only room during the event, and complimentary champagne."

Sugar Rush benefits Spark, an organization providing apprenticeships and mentoring to middle school students from disadvantaged communities. Spark strives to help kids succeed in their education and identify and pursue their "dream job." Spark has programs in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Chicago, and "is currently prospecting for its next program site on the east coast." Proceeds from this event will go toward their Bay Area efforts.

See the Spark FAQ.


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