Food Gal #Foodtography Event at the Four Seasons San Francisco, Le Cirque Dinner Event, And More

FourSeasonsFoodtographyYou’re Invited to #Foodtography

Join yours truly and award-winning photographer Craig Lee, when we host #Foodtography, 7 p.m. May 25 at the Four Seasons in San Francisco.

In this age of food-ecentric social media, this fun event will teach you how to be a better food critic and how to take better food photos.

You’ll get to sample gourmet tastes from the Four Seasons’ Chef Alexander La Motte — after you get a chance to photograph the dishes, of course.

At the end of the evening, you’ll take home a copy of “San Francisco Chef’s Table” (Lyons Press), my cookbook that was photographed by Craig. We’ll personally sign it to you, too.

The event is $35 per person. If you don’t take public transportation, and need to park your car, the hotel is offering a discounted valet rate of $15 that evening. RSVP to

“A Taste of Le Cirque” in San Jose

San Jose’s Capital Club, normally open to members only, is opening its doors wide for a special event this Friday, May 13 that celebrates the fabled New York restaurant, Le Cirque.

A Taste of Le Cirque” will feature Le Cirque’s corporate executive chef Massimo Bebber cooking a five-course dinner paired with Sicilian wines.

Among the dishes that will be served are: lobster salad with fennel and pineapple, English pea soup with homemade ricotta, asparagus risotto, prime dry-aged rib strip steak with black truffle potato puree, and Le Cirque’s signature creme brulee.

Classic creme brulee. (Photo courtesy of Le Cirque)

Classic creme brulee. (Photo courtesy of Le Cirque)

The evening will kick off with a reception hosted by Mario Maccioni, son of Le Cirque’s founder Sirio Maccioni.

The price of the even is $175 per person with $40 of that donated to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.

For reservations, click here.

Second Annual Fremont Burger & Brew Fest

Indulge your appetite for burgers and beer at the Fremont Burger & Brew Fest, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 21 on Liberty Street between Capital and Walnut.

Restaurants and food trucks will be serving burgers, sliders and more. Those participating include: Opie’s Gourmet Stacked Burgers, Arirang Korean BBQ, Mario’s French Dips, and Frozen Kuhsterd. There also will be live music.


Attendance is free. But tickets for the beer tasting are $30 in advance (until May 15) or $35 after that. The advanced tickets are good for 10 (5-ounce) samples, plus a souvenir glass.

Winner of the Food Gal Contest

In last week’s Food Gal contest, I asked you to tell me about your favorite soup memory.

The winner will receive a large 6-quart hand-made Columbian La Chamba soup pot ($69.95 value) from Toque Blanche in Half Moon Bay.

Hand-made of black clay in Columbia. (Photo courtesy of La Chamba)

Hand-made of black clay in Columbia. (Photo courtesy of La Chamba)

Congrats to:

Sarah, who wrote, “Growing up in an Asian-American household, our meals would sometimes be a cross between Chinese and American. Sometimes we would have pasta with a side of stir-fry bok choy or steak with steamed fish on the table as well but one thing was always consistent, my dad’s soup. Ever since I was little, every week my dad would make a new pot of soup. Sometimes it was watercress soup or chicken and mushroom soup, whatever it was, we always had soup at our house. Now that I’ve moved out, one thing that I always look forward to when I come home, is my dad’s soup. No matter how busy, my dad always made time to make soup. It’s the one thing I can drink over and over again and I absolutely love soup and can drink it at all times and will always think of my parents.”

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