Cake Art, America’s Cup Cocktail & More

Artist Gary Komarin paints images of cakes on brown paper bags. (Image courtesy of the artist)

Cake Paintings at March in San Francisco

Cake — without the calories. That’s what you’ll find at Marche, the gourmet kitchenware store in San Francisco, when it hosts an exhibit by artist Gary Komarin, Sept. 28 through the end of November.

The whimsical artwork consists of water-based enamel and spackle paintings of cakes on paper bags.

“I have long been intrigued by the way paper bags are designed and the way that they fold back into such a beautifully flat object after being so very volumetric in their ‘open’ stance,” said Komarin in a statement.   “These bags have a terrific surface on which to paint and an almost puffy physicality once paint is applied.”

Komarin’s work was inspired by his mother, a consummate baker, and his father, an architect.

A cocktail to salute the America's Cup. (Photo courtesy of Michael Mina restaurant)

America’s Cup Cocktail

Hoist a drink to the America’s Cup World Series, which will take place in the San Francisco Bay, Aug. 21-26 and Oct. 2-7.

You can with a specially prepared cocktail, the AC45, available at Michael Mina restaurant and RN74, both in San Francisco.

The beguiling concoction is a blend of Carpano Antica, Velvet Falernum and Earl Grey tea that’s shaken, poured into a tall glass of ice, then garnished with black lava sea salt and nori.

For each $9 cocktail sold, the restaurants will donate a portion of proceeds to Mission Blue, a non-profit charged with keeping the world’s waters clean.

Alaskan halibut with tomato relish and lentils at the Tavern at Lark Creek. (Photo courtesy of Lark Creek Restaurant Group)

September is All About Tomatoes at Lark Creek Restaurants

All this month, the Lark Creek Restaurant Group will showcase locally grown heirloom tomatoes in a wide variety of dishes.

At its annual “Heirloom Tomato Festival,” enjoy such dishes as charred eggplant and tomato soup with quinoa-stuffed green zebra tomato at Parcel 104 in Santa Clara; crab salad with heirloom tomatoes and gazpacho vinaigrette at Lark Creek Blue at San Jose’s Santana Row; and heirloom tomato salad with wild arugula, roasted garlic croutons, fresh mozzarella and pickled red onions at Tavern at Lark Creek.

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