Taste & Tribute 2011 [Review]

Taste & Tribute 2011, which took place in the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco on November 18, was exceptional. The night opened with a silent auction, during which wine and hors d’oeuvres were served. Among the items on auction, there were paintings, tapestries, pashmina shawls, vases and tickets for luxurious trips. Some people lingered around the meat and cheese plates,while others kept a cautious eye on the items they’d bid on, daring anyone else to write a number down. In this jovial atmosphere, attendees chatted and admired the items on display.

When the double doors to the dining room opened, guests were ushered into a dimly lit room full of glittering lights and 11 beautifully set dining tables. The master chefs who would be preparing the evening’s meal were spread around the periphery of the room at their stations, busily preparing plates for the first course. Once everyone was seated, the charismatic Liam Mayclem took the diners through the opening ceremony. Speakers Pema Gellek and Judy Rasmussen thanked the crowd for their support, and spoke about the Tibetan Aid Project’s continued dedication to ensuring the longevity of Tibetan traditions. After the four-course meal prepared table-side, the night closed out with a live auction with auctioneer Greg Quiroga. However, even amongst all of the glittering silverware, heady wine and extraordinary food, I never once forgot that the people who had gathered for this event had done so for the sake of Tibet. Even with all of that splendor around me, being in that room full of good will was perhaps the most pleasant aspect of the night.

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Thanksgiving break is nigh upon us, but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in the wonderful events going on this weekend. Katie K. and Lucia C. have found a little bit of everything, so grab your friends and start spreading some holiday cheer. It’s Wednesday and we’re getting ready for the weekend.

Taste & Tribute San Francisco @ Four Seasons Hotel | Friday, November 18

The 11th annual Taste & Tribute benefit gala for the Tibetan Aid Project is taking place this Friday at the Four Seasons. The event features a silent and live auction as well as a four-course gourmet meal. Inspired by the desire to aid Tibet, Chef Laurent Manrique first organized this event in conjunction with the Tibetan Aid Project in 2001, and it’s been a hit ever since. This year, he has brought together a star roster of 23 of San Francisco’s top chefs, and they will be cooking up a storm. Working in pairs, the chefs will prepare table-side meals for attendees. Proceeds from the event go to the Tibetan Aid Project, which works to preserve and perpetuate Tibet’s spiritual heritage.

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