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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Friday Night: Taste

Posted By on Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 11:07 AM

(Click on the picture for a full Taste slideshow.)

Slow Food Nation's Taste Pavilions

Fort Mason Center

August 29, 2008

Review and Photos by Tamara Palmer

Slow Food Nation's Taste Pavilions were the hot culinary ticket in town this weekend, with all four tasting sessions sold-out in advance (and at $65 a pop, not including the additional cost of actually tasting the food and drink).

Friday's Taste was a special preview for special people, including the architects that built the individually themed pavilions which were dedicated to pleasures such as bread, meat, cheese, chocolate, olive oil, seafood and spirits. Their contribution was an unexpected delight, crafting a culinary playground that perfectly highlighted the artisan creations, whether the summer picnic motif of the jam and honey pavilion, the puffy white couches and pastel pillows of the ice cream wonderland or the buoyant umbrellas framing the cocktail area.

The evening's exclusivity was confirmed with an early spotting of Mayor Newsom in the beer pavilion. As he shuffled off towards the main hall, I hustled my way after him, intent to ask what he was looking forward to eating, but then quickly realized that chasing after him might actually be considered stalking. Besides, food was the star of this show.

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Alice Waters Introduces Slow Food Nation

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 9:36 AM

Slow Food Nation is officially in full swing, and founder Alice Waters just gave her introductory remarks at a press conference held at the War Memorial Opera House. Enjoy the above video and stay tuned to SFoodie as I bring you nibbles from the sold-out Taste at Fort Mason tonight and sonic notes from Slow Food Rocks (at Fort Mason's Great Meadow) over the weekend. Once again, eating for the people.

—Tamara Palmer

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