Tibetan Aid Project Gala, “Hell’s Kitchen” Winner Visits the Bay Area & More

Chefs Elizabeth Faulkner and James Syhabout plate dishes at last year's Tibetan Aid Project gala. (Photo courtesy of the organization)

“Taste & Tribute San Francisco” Gala

Enjoy a lavish four-course meal cooked tableside by a pair of top Bay Area chefs — all for a noble cause.

The 11th annual “Taste & Tribute San Francisco,” 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown San Francisco, will benefit the Tibetan Aid Project, a non-profit dedicated to promoting education and literacy among the Tibetan refugee community.

The evening begins with champagne and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a silent auction for items such as weekend getaways, fine wines and beautiful Tibetan art.

Following that, guests are led into the main ballroom, where they will be seated at a table set for 20. Each table is assigned a different pair of chefs to cook for it. For example at Table 1, you’ll have Chef David Taylor of A16 and Chef Matthew Accarrino of SPQR feeding you. If you’re at the last table, No. 11, Chef Walter Abrams of Spruce and Chef Dmitry Elperin of the Village Pub will be doing the honors.

The line-up of chefs from last year's event. (Photo courtesy of the Tibetan Aid Project)

A live auction also will be held during dinner.

Tickets are $350 per person.

Meet Chef Rock Harper of “Hell’s Kitchen” in Oakland

He won Season 3 of “Hell’s Kitchen.” Now, Chef Rock Harper is on a mission to get kids and families to eat better.

Nov. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., he’ll be visiting Beebee Memorial Cathedral in Oakland, where he’ll be doing a cooking demo, as well as signing copies of his book, 44 Things Parents Should Know About Healthy Cooking for Kids”” (Turner).

The event is presented by “Power to End Stroke,” a project of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, which seeks to empower the African-Americans, who have twice the risk of a first stroke as whites, to reduce their risk factors.

Chef Rock Harper, winner of "Hell's Kitchen.'' (Photo courtesy of the chef)

Tickets are $10. Reserve a spot in advance by sending a check or money order made out to the American Heart Association and mail to: Vicki Williams, American Heart Association, 426 17th St., Oakland, CA 94612.

“Sweet Potato Yambilee” at Pican in Oakland

If you love sweet potatoes and yams, you’ll love what Pican has put on the menu from now through Thanksgiving.

It’s a “Sweet Potato Yambilee,” which features sweet potatoes and yams in a four-course prix fixe for $45 (or $65 with paired wines). You’ll also find sweet potato dishes available on the a la carte menu such as “Red Curry Sweet Potato Bisque with Cornbread Croutons,” on the lunch menu with “Sweet Potato, Spinach & Cheddar Taquitos,” on the brunch menu with “Sweet Potato Waffle Toad in the Hole,” and in the bar with “Za’atar Spiced Flatbread with Sweet Potato Hummus.”

The four-course prix fixe begins with the aforementioned bisque and ends with “Sweet Potato Ice Cream Sandwich.”

With sweet potatoes high in antioxidants and nutrients, it’s definitely high time to get your fill.

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  • Is that Elizabeth Faulkner in the first photo? It’s great watching her in the Iron Chef competition.

  • Barbara: You guessed correctly. That is indeed Elizabeth. Put your cursor over the photo to read the caption to find out who the other chef across from her is.

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