Russian Hill hotspot, Stone’s Throw, has planned a series of wonderful monthly Monday dinners with visiting chefs called “Eat Like a Chef, Drink Like a Somm.” The best part is that 100% of the profits go toward the SF-Marin Food Bank. The Food Bank is an important cause for the folks at Stone Throw. According to the host, the staff spends one day each month volunteering at the Food Bank in addition to these Monday dinners. To date, Stones Throw has raised over $20,000!
I attended the pastry chef dinner on November 17 with my three foodie friends: Gourmet Walks tour guide Nicole, Success & Chocolate blogger Peggy Butler and CUESA board member Cathy Curtis, who also runs food programs for the Commonwealth Club. The visiting chefs were William Warner, from Craftsman and Wolves, Bill Corbett from the Absinthe Group and Matt Tinder from the Restaurant at Meadowood. As a special twist, these three pastry chefs were responsible for creating savory dishes while the Stones Throw chefs created the main dessert. The $75/pp price includes tax and gratuity and is therefore a great deal for 5 creative courses. (Alcoholic beverages and wine pairings are extra.) From the first course to the last, we were impressed.
My favorite dish was the inspired appetizer by William Werner – salt cod & chilled potato with seaweed, Sablé Breton and celery. We also loved the Stones Throw dessert (honey-graham ice cream with quince, pickled cranberries, sea foam candy) and the luscious panettone by Bill Corbett. I never knew panettone was such a labor intensive dish and will put that on my list of things (like the Parisian macaron) to purchase and never attempt at home. The Matt Tinder ravioli dish was met with a mixed response. The ravioli was actually Hodo Soy yuba and while the sauce was a beautiful green and fresh tasting, the pieces of duck tongue were off-putting and the dish was not served hot.
Yes, parking in Russian Hill is a nightmare and public transportation almost non-existant. But Stones Throw has two possible solutions. One is to use Luxe Valet and with the invite code (STONESTHROW), the first valet is on them. (It helps to drive a car you don’t car about, like my battered minivan!) A second option is to travel by Uber and Stones Throw will give you 5% off your check.
We can’t wait until Stone’s Throw plans the 2015 Monday dinners. Once the list is up and reservations are available, we’ll let you know! And don’t forget…the first seating is always best. Inside tip: we’ll be starting a Russian Hill tour soon, so let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if your private group would like a sneak peek!