Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Dining with the Chef

While staying at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco, we spent a morning with Chef Kevin Villalovos, the Executive Chef of the hotel. He took us to the Ferry Building, a huge old building that is a dream for real foodies. Here you can find farm fresh markets and cheese shops, amid gourmet ice cream shops and restaurants. I had a wonderful time strolling through the building, learning from the Chef and checking out all the fresh meats, seafood and produce. We shopped for fresh ingredients to incorporate into a special dinner at the hotel's One Up Restaurant that evening.

That evening, we were treated to an incredible 8 course meal, made just for us! The One Up restaurant has an open kitchen, and we got to watch Chef Villalovos prepare the dishes right in front of us. I couldn't believe we made it through eight courses, but the food was so delicious, we just kept eating!

Here's a run through of each course...

Duck Confit with Apricots, Plums and Pears

Fried Brussels Sprouts, Grilled White Asparagus, Confit of Tomatoes and a Fried Egg

Scallion-wrapped Seared Scallops, Sea Beans and Purple Cauliflower - my favorite dish of the evening, and so pretty to look at!

Potato Croquette, Fresh Artichokes and Roasted Tomato Puree

Goat Cheese, Peppadews, Castelvetrano Olives and Fig Jam

Halibut and Dungeness Crab, San Marzano Tomatoes and Melted Leeks

Rib Eye Steak, Mushrooms, Fresh Peas and Carrot Puree - hubby's favorite dish!

Creme Brulee and Chocolate Bomb with Local Honey

Thank you Chef Villalovos for a wonderful time!

1 comment:

  1. Awesome Kadija! So happy you enjoyed yourself. I must of been such a wonderful experience. Linda B