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From Big Sur's killer cliff-clinging eateries to Salinas' unparalleled produce, this blog aims to sniff out all things Monterey County can stomach, via picture and prose, curiosity and appetite, hand and mouth.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Holy Delish Dishes Batman: Michelin Star Chefs Coming This Way Quickly

A super-powered dinner has materialized suddenly—and from a look at the lineup the tickets might go at a similar speed. The RSVP is already nigh, in fact. (Call 236-5858 now.)

The local American Institute of Wine & Food and American Red Cross tribes have aligned four of Nor Cal's most capable chefs in Charles Phan (The Slanted Door, San Francisco), Ken Frank (La Toque, Napa), Peter Armellino (The Plumed Horse, Saratoga) and Gerald Hirigoyen (Piperade, S.F.) for "An Evening to Remember" 5:30pm Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Beach and Tennis Club in Pebble Beach. The privilege runs $250, includes the champagne reception, silent auction and entertainment, and could even merit a black tie (read: that's optional). "To remember" sounds right after a look at the menu below:

Champagne Reception
Chorizo Empanadas with Pimentos de Padron (Chef Hirigoyen)
Daikon Rice Cakes (Chef Phan)
Arancini with Truffled Taleggio (Chef Lopez)
Rosti Potatoes with California Caviar and Crème Fraîche (Chef Frank)

Amuse Bouche
Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras on Walnut Fig Bread
Strawberry Rhubarb Compote
Chef Peter Armellino

First Course
Manila Mango, Maine Lobster and Lemongrass
2006 Chateau Montelena, Riesling, Napa Valley
Chef Ken Frank, La Toque, Napa

Second Course
California Abalone Farm Abalone with Black Trumpet Mushrooms
2008 Morgan Winery, Metallico Chardonnay, Monterey County
Chef Charles Phan, The Slanted Door, San Francisco

Third Course
Roasted Squab with Moorish Spice and Braised Fennel
2005 Arrels Grenache, Priorat, Spain
Chef Gerald Hirigoyen, Piperade and Bocadillos Restaurants, San Francisco

Fourth Course
South Texas Antelope
Tarbais Beans, Saucisson and Roast Sweet Onions
2007 Paraiso Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Monterey County
Chef Peter Armellino, The Plumed Horse, Saratoga

Fifth Course
"A sweet ending"
Chef Michael Whalen, Pacific Grove