2012 Omnivore World Tour: San Francisco

Omnivore World Tour, a new food festival featuring young chefs was held at the Presidio in San Francisco this past weekend. It started on Friday where the under thirty chefs cooked at some renowned Bay Area restaurants. The weekend of events also entailed various cooking and wine classes including a workshop for kids. Last night, my friend and I attended the “Omnivorous Party” at the Observation Post. First, the venue is amazing where you could see views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Our tickets included some wine and food tickets. The first part of the evening offered wine stations, a cheese station, and a charcuterie station. The West Coast wines included local Robert Mondavi and Wente and Washington State’s Thorney Rose. In addition, they had some Italian and French Wine. I started with the Italian Prosecco and ended with a French Wine Cotes du Rhone.

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It was odd that the volunteers from local Cow Girl Creamery weren’t serving any of their cheeses. They still had a good variety of cheese such as blue cheese, hard cheeses, and some soft and creamy ones that were yummy.

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The meat selections were courtesy of Fabrique Delices from Hayward, California. Along with cured meats, they offered a liver pate and a duck roulette. They were quite good and my favorite was the salami.

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Awhile into the event, the doors opened to the food area. The young chefs were providing samples of tasty bites. Most of the items had already been prepped, but at some tables we got to see some final prep and plating. There were about six selections and we were able to sample all of them. Sample is the key word as I felt it was difficult to really appreciate the food when the portions were so small.

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Chantal Guillon is a Bay Area bakery that specializes in macaroons. They offered a trio of tiny desserts which were quite delicious.

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An Asian Aussie chef featured a salad that I thought was quite unique. The baby greens had chopped Chinese sausage sprinkled on it. I think it was a nice take on bacon bits and simple and delicious.

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Omnivore was a fun event and rumor has it may be touring to Rio de Janeiro.

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