Keys To The Kitchen (Unofficial) Holiday Party

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Unofficially, the unofficial holiday party (and last book tour event) for the Keys To The Kitchen launch was this underground 5-course dinner that I hosted in San Francisco last weekend along with friends at The Bold Italic and Stag Dining Group. It was a stellar pairing with Stag adding their special twists to my recipe and The Bold Italic folks helping to spread the word about Keys. 

Here are a few photos of the festivities along with a look into, dare I say, my favorite goodie bag of all the Keys To The Kitchen events to date!

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We set up the dinner at a quirky, underground spot deep in San Francisco’s Mission district and decked the room out with holiday decor.

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To kick off the night, we popped some bubbly provided by friends over at Moet et Chandon.

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And then had the adorable Limor Allen from Green Barrel Wines pouring some local wines from these impressive (also sustainable) barrels.

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The boys behind Stag Dining Group took recipes from Keys To The Kitchen and then riffed on them for a gorgeous 5-course meal.

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Speaking of the meal, let me break it down a bit — the first course was this Roasted Beet Salad with Endive, Fennel, and Caraway Dressing.

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The next course was the Caramelized Fennel Tarte Tatin topped with hot-smoked salmon and creme fraiche.

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We then moved to the Faux Pho that had the addition of beef meatballs and brisket.

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The last savory course was the Stag Group’s version of the Balsamic-Glazed Chicken with smoky eggplant.

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To finish things off, we served the Shortcakes with  Citrus Compote and Orange Flower Whipped Cream, which is one of my very favorite desserts from Keys To The Kitchen.

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In between courses, I filled everyone in on  the book, the book tour, and how honored I was to have so many people helping me celebrate the book’s release.

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And during the meal, I got to actually dine and meet some of the awesome people who attended.

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Speaking of awesome, the guests took home a pretty amazing gift tote  filled with  treats from local businesses, including Chronicle Books.  425723_10151274362604898_1205371795_n

And a few delicious treats from some amazing Bay Area-based artisans including the stellar jams from Inna Jam, the addictive flatbread crackers from Rustic Bakery, and the spiced almond popcorn from CC Made74014_10151274363304898_1679340503_n

All in all, the evening was a success and I had a great time toasting the end of the book tour with all my new friends, including this little guy!

 

 

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