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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Hip Foodies, Shots, and a Stuffed Fox at Eat Drink SF

Posted By on Sun, Aug 23, 2015 at 10:30 PM

click to enlarge Eat Drink SF at Fort Mason - ALICE DISHES
  • Alice Dishes
  • Eat Drink SF at Fort Mason

Over the weekend, throngs of San Francisco foodies looking for a good time, endless food tastings and the chance to sample as much wine and liquor as they could handle, gathered at Fort Mason for Eat Drink SF. A self-proclaimed "culinary affair," the format is pretty simple: Chefs and purveyors prepare a signature bite and the booze-fueled crowd happily queues for items like maple bacon atop a chocolate truffle, caramelized short ribs with mashed purple potato, or butterscotch pudding with whipped cream.

A favorite bite was The Cavalier's cold-smoked pork loin, although the stuffed fox that accompanied it wasn't a dish but a nod to the restaurant's English hunting theme. (Poor old fox. Maybe the management doesn't realize that fox hunting is now illegal in the U.K.)

click to enlarge The Cavalier's Stuffed Fox - ALICE DISHES
  • Alice Dishes
  • The Cavalier's Stuffed Fox
A certain air of fraternity-style hijinks has infiltrated Eat Drink SF. From servers spotted doing group shots in between doling out food, to Michael Chiarello (Bottega, Coqueta) chanting "I must, I must, I must increase my bust" as he demonstrated how to squeeze the water out of just-rinsed basil, to roving pairs of spirited young bucks and gals — many of whom appeared to be on dates. The mix of '80s and '90s disco music contributed to the boisterous mood.

With tickets at $75 and up, Eat Drink SF is priced comparably to a meal with a drink or two, but the lines, noise, elbow-jostling and juggling a glass and plate while on the hoof, make the experience more about socializing than the food. Nevertheless, a good time appeared to be had by all.

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