Tastemaking at Eat Drink SF
San Francisco’s annual food festival extravaganza is back! Join us this upcoming weekend at Eat Drink SF (formerly SFChefs) to sample the best of Bay Area food, wine, and drink, and meet an amazing array of top-class Northern California chefs, winemakers, brewers, and industry leaders. We’re honored to be one of the tastemakers at this event on Saturday, August 2nd, so be sure to drop by to sample our Slow Cooked Pork with chilies and lemongrass, cilantro buttermilk biscuits, pickled green tomatoes and roasted chili jam, that we’ve crafted for this fantastic epicurean experience.
Eat Drink SF is a celebration of Northern Californian and San Franciscan food culture, from its central position in debates on food politics, sustainability and farming, to its unbelievably fresh produce and seafood. Classes, seminars and demos will feature experts from the vibrant California wine community, local farmers, while the Grand Tasting Tent at Fort Mason Center will feature a colorful, rotating cast of local offerings from premier chefs, winemakers, brewers, and mixologists. A variety of fun workshops and events will also be taking place, including investigations into the flavors and profiles of wine and spirits, a tour through the allure of the ramen craze, as well as an exploration of the essential Sunday brunch cocktail, the Bloody Mary.
Produced by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA), Eat Drink SF supports numerous local Bay Area charities, including the Center for Education About Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), Meals on Wheels, Share Our Strength, SF-Marin Food Bank, Slow Food San Francisco’s NOMAD gardens project, and the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation.
Buy tickets and see a roster of events here. We’ll be waiting!
4th Annual GLIDE Legacy Gala
We’re once again partnering with our good friends at GLIDE to sponsor and feed the fourth annual GLIDE Legacy Gala! To be held at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on Saturday, July 26 from 7 PM – 12 AM, the Legacy Gala is a night of food, music and festivity with live entertainment from the GLIDE Ensemble and Change Band and selections from DJ KingMost. As for us, we’ll be serving scrumptious hors d’eouvres alongside other local favorites like Twenty Five Lusk, Ketel One, Garibaldi’s, Hask, Hard Rock Cafe, Moya, and the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, just to name a few.
As a nonprofit that works with a diverse cross-section of homeless, low-income, and marginalized populations on a variety of programs, including free meals, housing, primary and mental health care, domestic violence counseling and abatement, and family care resources, this annual black-tie event is a celebration of the work and progress made by up-and-coming change agents. This year, GLIDE will be honoring the achievements made by two outstanding individuals, Doniece Sandoval, the founder of Lava Mae, an organization providing mobile shower and toilet services to the homeless, and Christopher Gardner, the author of autobiography The Pursuit of Happyness, who now works to help homeless families stay together, and assist homeless, but employed women and men who still have difficulties getting by.
An online auction on eBay will run before the Gala from July 16 – 26, featuring unique sports and lifestyles experiences, amazing food, wine, and travel. 100% of the auction’s proceeds will benefit GLIDE programs.
There’s still time to snag a ticket and contribute to the community! Don’t forget to drop by the E&O table to get a taste of our delicious small bites!
Dress for Success Annual Gala
As a business with a strong female leadership team, we are always pleased to partner with organizations that empower women. Years ago we began a partnership with our local chapter of Dress for Success whose mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
On Thursday, June 19th we participated in their spring charity gala, Success – You Wear it Well at the beautiful Julia Morgan Ballroom. The annual event is their largest fundraiser of the year and helps to support their many programs which range outfitting women with clothes for interviews to career services and even a Professional Women’s Group.
Chef Sharon Nahm and Catering Director Claudie Newman were busy during the reception where they served beautiful bites of Coconut Curry Ceviche with fresh Halibut, green curry, mango, lime, chilies and crispy taro chips. Our dynamic duo was in good company, not only with gala guests but also several other women chefs who support the organization such as Alicia Jenish of Gitane, Sophina Uong of Pican Restaurant in Oakland and Andrea Ballus and Corey Fanfa from Sift Cupcakes.
After the reception, Sharon and Claudie sat for the banquet dinner, during which the program (emceed by local KRON 4 news anchor Vicki Liviakis) included a fun fashion show from our Sutter Street neighbors at Banana Republic, powerful speeches from a woman who had personally benefitted from the organizations help and Dress For Success Spokeswoman, Jeanni Mai who we recognized from Style Network’s two-time Emmy nominated television series “How Do I Look?”, “The Today Show” and “OMG Insider.”
The night concluded with a live auction, for which we were pleased to donate a dinner for eight in one of our private event spaces with craft cocktails, wine and a special dumpling demonstration from Chef.
It was a wonderful evening that we were honored to be a part of and we can’t wait to do it again next year and we hope we’ll see you there!
10th Annual SummerTini – A Special Benefit for CHEFS
If you read this blog regularly, you know that our team loves to volunteer our free time to a few good causes that are close to our hearts. Several years ago, we began a relationship with the Episcopal Community Services’ CHEFS (Conquering Homelessness through Employment in Food Services) program. CHEFS is a culinary training program that finds employment in the food industry for homeless adults. The six-month program includes classroom instruction, hands-on kitchen training, job counseling, placement and coaching and has a 75 percent success rate in job placement upon completion of the program.
On Friday, June 6th we were lucky enough to participate in their 10th Annual SummerTini Benefit at the historic Bently Reserve. The funds raised at SummerTini help to support the ECS’ many programs, including CHEFS, and ensure that they continue to provide education and support to the homeless of San Francisco.
We served our famous lap souchong tea deviled eggs at the reception and they were a huge hit (big surprise)! The event was hosted by our favorite emcee, Liam Mayclem of KCBS’ Foodie Chap , and we were excited to serve alongside some of the best restaurants in the city. With signature martinis, fantastic wines, live and silent auctions and a killer band, this was a great evening! There was even a cooking competition among some of the students, which was so much fun to see.
Our team always loves participating in SummerTini and this year was no different. We are looking forward to our next event with the CHEFS students – a Thanksgiving feast for students and their families hosted at E&O.
Warren Buffet GLIDE Foundation
On Friday, June 6th we were honored to team up with Ebay and the Glide Foundation to host the 15th Annual Warren Buffet GLIDE Foundation’s Power of One Lunch Auction Countdown.
The restaurant was bustling with excited participants, onlookers and thought leaders who were sipping on beautiful wines and beers that were donated from GLIDE, Anchor Steam and Berkeley Trumer. Chef Sharon Nahm offered up a beautiful spread that featured our Chicken and Steak stays, Indonesian Fried Rice and Indonesian Corn Fritters.
We started and ended the evening with entertainment provided by The GLIDE Memorial Choir, who gave an unparalleled performance and put all attendees in the celebratory mood. Reverend Cecil Williams, Co-Founder of GLIDE, officially opened the Auction Event wave such an inspirational speech in reminding us all how we have the power to touch and positively impact the lives of others. Janice Mirikitani, Co-Founder of GLIDE, recognized each of the influential board leaders with their passion and belief in the cause.
With our Flat-Screen TVs tuned into Ebay’s auction, there was never a dull moment. Bystanders eagerly watched the auction soar, reaching a high of $2,166,766. What made this event all the more wonderful was that 100% of the auction proceeds went directly to support GLIDE’s efforts in breaking the cycles of poverty and marginalization.
It was such a fun evening, don’t miss out on watching the highlights, produced by our friends at UStream!
We loved being a part of this wonderful evening, and hope to participate again!
Sharon Around Town
I have a confession to make – I love eating out. As a borderline addiction, I love perusing all that San Francisco has to offer in this foodie Mecca. Every weekend I spend my quality time with friends and family eating at quality restaurants to explore the different flavors, both subtle and bold, that other chefs so expertly combine to make unique pairings. You might say that trying other chef’s food has the ability to spark new inspiration for unique combinations in my own kitchen. This last weekend, I visited two delicious and very different restaurants on Polk Street.
Saturday evening was my first visit to Leopold’s Gasthaus. I value my friends’ opinions very highly, and when they told me about Leopold’s delicious and authentic flavors, I knew it had to be my first stop. We sat down and were immediately transported to Alpine Austria, the ambiance complete with our German-speaking server. My friends and I split a variety of smaller plates, vying for the lesser-known dishes served in traditional Gasthauses. While each dish was expertly prepared and had perfectly balanced flavors, the House-made Salumi Platter received the highest praise from our table. Flavors of nutmeg, juniper, berry, and cloves stood out the most, creating a perfectly prepared and seasoned dish. And of course, with proper European etiquette, we paired our dishes with beer (Hoegaarden, anyone? It’s a must).
The following evening, my friends and I decided to explore a little different restaurant on Polk Street. We paid a visit to Verbena, a NorCal farm-to-table restaurant, which has a wide selection of vegetarian dishes. I decided to have a little fun, and let my friends choose our dining menu. I highly recommend doing what I call a “blind tasting” – I had no idea what I was eating, and it was so much fun to guess the ingredients! Our waitress perfectly spaced out our dishes, so that we would fully enjoy each part of the meal. We began with their Sprouted Seed Bread, with a Chévre Goat Cheese shmear, moved on to their Chicken thighs marinated in koji buttermilk, grilled swordfish, and the charred carrots. We finished the meal with a spectacular chocolate chip cookie with wild nettles ice cream (I’m getting hungry again, just thinking about the delicious eats!) and a crust-less cheesecake topped with fruit compote. The combination of the people, the well-coursed meal, and the aesthetics (a contrast between earthy plates and the vibrant presentation of the food, full of whimsy) made the entire experience lively and excellent.
My takeaways: I’m so inspired to use our seasonal produce like rhubarb and carrots. I can’t wait to create new dishes for the summer season. Come visit me at E&O and see what this weekend’s adventures sparked on our menu!
Tasting our way through Telegraph Hill
On Saturday night, E&O was thrilled to be a sponsor of a Taste of Tel-Hi. The Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center (Tel-Hi) provides opportunities for people in North Beach, Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhoods to enrich their quality of life. As a firm believer in their efforts within the community, E&O was excited to participate in their fundraiser the Taste of Tel-Hi. To the delight of everyone present, Chef Sharon Nahm prepared her unique Lap Souchong Tea Deviled Eggs with Char Siu Lacquered Bacon.
We are proud to say that with the bold flavors and unique take on a traditional dish, Chef Sharon’s deviled eggs were the hit of the reception! Within the first 40 minutes of the reception, our delicious bites were consumed (and we had over 400 bits when we started!). This, however, gave us the chance to visit the other booths and see what our fellow San Franciscan Restaurateurs were offering. Chef Alan from Scoma’s Restaurant was serving up his signature Mini Shrimp Louie Cups, Hard Rock Café San Francisco offered their delicious Balsamic tomato Bruschetta and Fishbowl Bar & Grill and Presidio Pizza Company shared their house-made pies.
Our very own Claudie Newman, Director of Catering and Private Events attended Taste of Tel-Hi and took in all of the action with the Live & Silent Auction during the main course event! With a sold-out venue, numerous community leaders, and being praised as one of the best Tel-Hi Events yet, Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center surpassed their goals for their fundraising. So proud to have participated in Taste of Tel-Hi and looking forward to giving back to the community again in the near future!
Springing Forward with Express to the Orient
Last week, we had the pleasure of serving our Scallop Crudo with XO Sauce at the Union Square BID Spring Fling event! Ghurka, a boutique leather goods store, provided a sophisticated yet intimate atmosphere for local business partners to mingle.
In honor of “Spring Fling”, Executive Chef Sharon and General Manager Amanda set a beautiful table to reflect E&O’s Modern Asian ambiance. The table’s place settings were rich with color, which complemented the light and fresh Scallop Crudo.
The evening featured some of Union Square’s finest restaurants: Scala’s Bistro and Gaspar Brasserie, each serving their unique and delicious creations. But, as we all well know, an event wouldn’t have been complete without beverage options. Eno Wine Bar, Suerte Tequila and Lucas Bols, all of whom served up refreshing cocktails and wine selections, made the perfect pairings for the light bites.
No sooner had the event begun, the space was buzzing with excitement and conversation as guests made their way around, tasting a bit of Italian, French, and Modern Asian cuisine.
We had a wonderful time catching up with old friends and meeting new ones as we shared our current and upcoming Express the Orient menu items. For a fun twist, we challenged our fellow members to “Enter to Win” a chance for dinner for two. Imagine how fun it was to learn that several of our Union Square BID members regularly stopped by E&O Asian Kitchen for happy hour or had hosted private dining events, and were only too excited to participate in the contest for a chance to dine with us again!
Spring Fling was such fun, and we are definitely looking forward to the next Union Square BID event! Hope to see you there!
Behind the Scenes with Executive Chef Sharon Nahm: Express to the Orient
The Express to the Orient is this year’s version of our annual Spice Route series at E&O. Instead of highlighting a different spice each month, the Express to the Orient series features a menu composed of two dishes and a cocktail from one major Asian city each month. This is really exciting because it is an opportunity for me and my guests to adventure into the many different flavors of Asian cuisines!
I wanted to design the Express to the Orient series to share not only a new variety of dishes, but also the diverse traditions that are unique and meaningful to each Asian culture. For example, with last month’s Bangkok menu, we shared the story behind Drunken Noodles or Pad Kee Mao, a non-alcoholic dish created when a wife appeased her drunken husband’s demand for stronger flavor in his noodles. This month for E&O’s “stopover” in Hong Kong, I wanted to highlight the XO sauce served with the Scallop Crudo dish. Invented in Hong Kong in the 80s, XO sauce was a chic pop-culture reference to the XO Cognac liquor, which represented prestige and high-quality. Even the packaging for this sauce often mimics the French liquor in style!
There’s such a thrill to creating each month’s Express to the Orient menus because I get to put a modern twist on traditional cuisine. Once I understand the general flavor profile of a dish, I create my own version of that item. For example, on the Bangkok menu last month, I paired the Grilled Pork Skewers with my own version of house-made roasted chili jam, inspired by the the Thailand’s traditional chili sauce.
We are only at the second Express to the Orient city with four more to go! I am excited to be crafting more menus for our next city destinations and hope that everyone can join us in this delicious venture! Stay tuned for our mystery city contest in June, since the 6th city has yet to be determined by our social media fans.
P.S. Personally, I hope that Singapore or Tokyo gets picked for the last mystery city!
Behind the Scenes with Executive Chef Sharon Nahm: Asian New Year
Celebrating the Lunar New Year at E&O Asian Kitchen is always an exciting time for our team and guests. This year, I was inspired to create a special menu just for Year of the Horse, and I hope both locals and tourists will enjoy it. This menu features equine-inspired cocktails and celebratory dishes, and will be available until Saturday, February 15th.
This Year of the Horse menu is both a celebration of traditions and the flavors of Asia, where I showcase my spin on some of the traditional dishes served during family gatherings. Our Long Life Noodles are my interpretation of the traditional entree, and includes beef, mushrooms, scallions, and sesame. Noodles symbolize not only longevity, but good health. Serving the Crispy Fish in its whole form may be a surprise to some customers, but is closer to how the traditional fish dish is served during Lunar New Year celebrations. The head and tail are left attached to symbolize a good beginning and ending for the coming year.
Our cocktail menu was designed with flavors used during Asian New Year and in Asian cuisine. The Green Horse cocktail is green tea infused gin, ginger, and lime – this cocktail pairs well with the special menu entrees because it’s refreshing and brings a brightness in flavor that plays off the rich and savory dishes. My favorite is the Unbridled cocktail. The spiced Szechuan pepper-infused vodka is shaken with lychee and lemon – a unique and delicious blend.
In the spirit of celebration, we’re also thrilled to bring back the tradition of having a Lion Dance to herald good fortune to our doors. After the Southwest Chinese New Year Parade on February 15, E&O invites you to a live performance with two lions dancers right in our restaurant. It will be a spectacle not to be missed!
Our E&O Team wishes everyone a healthy, prosperous and delicious year ahead. Happy New Year!
Five Places to Drink This Week San Francisco | 7×7
“October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and lots of local businesses have decided to keep their charitable donations
within the Bay Area this year. This means that you can belly up to the bar and help make a difference in the fight.”
Eater SF: San Francisco’s $1 Oyster Deals, Mapped
“E&O’s happy hour special boasts $1 oysters from 3pm to 6pm Monday through Saturday. Not too shabby.”
Think Pink and Drink!
With a powerhouse female management team, breast cancer awareness is a cause that is close to our hearts. This month
we ask you to join us in the fight against Breast Cancer!
10% of all Blushing Geisha cocktail sales during the month of October will be donated to San Francisco’s
Emergency Breast Cancer Fund. We are lucky to have an organization within the
community where women (and men) affected by the illness can turn in times of need, for education, prevention and support. Come in, have a drink and give back.
Huffington Post: Fifteen Sak-Tails for World Sake Day
To celebrate this holiday, the Huffington post celebrated by highlighting 15 sak-tails, pronounced “socktails” including our Blushing Geisha.
ZAGAT: E&O Explores Cumin This Month
The Spice Route was so popular, we decided to extend it for
the rest of the year! This month, ZAGAT highlighted our Cumin menu and all of its spicy goodness.
LUCKYRICE San Francisco
On Friday, September 6th we headed down to the Ferry Building to participate in the LUCKYRICE and were thrilled to be
cooking alongside other San Francisco chefs committed to preparing high quality Asian cuisine.
SF Chefs 2013 – CBS San Francisco
A delicious gallery from the Saturday Grand Tasting Tent at SF Chefs including our Kimchee dumplings!
Yum Sugar: Asian Flatbreads, the Easy Way
In case you missed Sharon’s SF Chefs demo at Bloomingdales!
SF Chefs 2013!
We spent the first weekend of August at the Fifth Annual SF Chefs Food & Wine Festival
in Union Square! It was quite a busy weekend but we enjoyed every minute of it! So thank you those who came to the After Party
on Friday night, stopped by our table at the Grand Tasting Tent on Saturday or participated in Sharon’s demo on Sunday!
We had a blast and hope you did too!
Rollin With the Red Carpet:
San Francisco Magazine’s
Best Chefs After Party
Grand Tasting Tent: The Five Tastes -
Bitter Sour, Salty, Sweet and Umami
This is How I Roll: Indian,
Afghan and Chinese Flatbreads
Photos courtesy of: Gamma Nine Photography, Tara Luz Photography,
and Robert Lugtu Photography
Join Chef Sharon and the E&O team for a fun filled weekend at SF Chefs Food & Wine Festival from August 2-4!
Friday, August 2nd
Friday we’re kicking off the opening night festivities and rolling out the red carpet for the official SF Chefs Friday Night
After Party with San Francisco Magazine!
Let loose and enjoy an evening of cocktails, music, food and fun!
To purchase tickets to this exclusive event
click on the photo below:
Saturday, August 3rd
Indulge your senses at the Grand Tasting Tent on Saturday afternoon and meet Sharon as she serves up succulent Pork & Kimchee Potstickers with a delicious
ginger soy dipping sauce. Be sure to say hi and leave your business card at the table for chance to win dinner for two!
Tickets are available now and can be purchased by clicking
the photo below:
Sunday, August 4th
Ever wanted to learn Sharon’s secrets to making the delicious flatbread served at E&O?
Here’s your chance: On Sunday morning Sharon will be in the kitchen at Williams Sonoma for a dynamic and interactive
cooking demo where attendees will learn to select ingredients that reflect key flavor profiles of Asian flatbreads.
Attendees will not only learn how to roll and cook these flaky breads but they will of course get samples and leave with
the recipe for Sharon’s delicious creation!
Purchase a ticket by clicking the image below: