Photo Essay: Meals on Wheels San Francisco Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013, part two: behind the scenes and three course meal

by Irvin on May 16, 2013 · 4 comments

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Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Last Thursday for my Photo Essay, I featured appetizers, nibbly bites and wine from the spectacular Meals on Wheels Star Chefs and Vintners Gala. Of course, the appetizers were only just the beginning (as appetizers are) of the Gala. A quick sneak behind the curtains to see the 40+ chefs (and their staff) working away to create dinner for the black tie attendees made me realize the meticulous plating was as amazing to watch as it was to eat. AJ and I were lucky be seated with friends including food writer Pat Fusco and eat the three-course meal that included Cold Smoked Scottish Ocean Trout with Farm Egg Salad by Peter Armellino of Plumed Horse, Duck Liver Bruschetta with Fava Beans and Ramps by Chris Cosentino of Incanto, and Roasted Veal Rib Loin with Black Chanterelles and Asparagus by Staffan Terje of Perbacco. A live auction and a standing ovation for the chefs capped off the second part of the evening.

I’m taking a slight break from my Photo Essays but they’ll continue in a couple of weeks. In the meanwhile, please stop by this coming Monday for a very special wordless recipe that I developed and can’t wait to share with you!

Special thanks to Meals on Wheels & Charles Zukow Associates for the allowing AJ and me into the Gala to cover and photograph the chefs. Even though tickets were provided, there was no monetary compensation for his blog post and all opinions are my own. 

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.comMeals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Meals on Wheels, Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2013. Photos by Irvin Lin and Alec Bates of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

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Arthur in the Garden! May 16, 2013 at 8:55 am

A whole bunch of tattoos and …..Yigit Pura.
Hmm. I am sorry. I lost my train of thought. :-)

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Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste May 17, 2013 at 6:51 am

Love this, Irvin! Looks like such a wonderful event!

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Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen May 18, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Fabulous photo essay, Irvin! Look forward to your wordless recipe on Monday!

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Miss Kim @ behgopa.com May 18, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Hey…how come not everyone (most) is wearing hats while handling food?? That seems like a big no no?? I think I’ve only been in one kitchen where they didn’t require hats…I thought that was a bit weird.

But anyhow….it looks like it was such a fun and fabulous event. I can feel the focused energy through the pics. And everything looks so delish.

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