Thursday, September 9, 2010

Plate by Plate 2010 @ California Science Center

My regular readers (all two of you) know that I am part of a non-profit organization called, Project by Project and know that our biggest event of the year, Plate by Plate 2010, was held at the California Science Center on August 14th. For those of you who are not familiar, please check out additional information here. After months of planning and soliciting, the long awaited day was upon us. Like a ninja, August 14th came up quickly and frankly, out of nowhere. I couldn't believe where all the time had gone! I woke up that Saturday morning, excited and ready.

 It was going to be a long day.


Most of the steering committee members were at the site by 10 A.M. ready to start the day. My tasks mainly consisted of assisting the setup of the layout and greeting restaurants as they arrived. I have to say that I honestly love the high level of energy on the day-of event production. Physically seeing everything come together was so rewarding.

Jiraffe (VIP Restaurant)

Veev (VIP Beverage)

Acai Lemonade

Jiraffe and Veev graciously agreed to be our VIP Restaurant and Beverage Purveyors for the event, and we couldn't ask for a better pair. Everyone was swooning over Chef Raphael's dish and all the chefs were thrilled to drink cocktails made with Veev. It was a fun and successful VIP reception.

Since I was working the event, I barely ate any of the amazing food. When I did eat, I ate around my "station." The restaurant team was assigned to a different section on the floor and were responsible for taking care of the restaurants in that section.

Cafe Pinot: pepper crusted yellow fin tuna, sweet and spicy heirloom cherry tomatoes with star anise essence

My first bite was Chef Kevin Meehan's dish of delicious pepper crusted tuna and sweet heirloom cherry tomatoes. Cafe Pinot wasn't in my section, but Chef Kevin flagged me down as soon as the main event started and asked me if I was hungry. Hell yes, I was. I ate this in two bites - fast and furious. Well, not furious, just fast.

Thompson Hotel: spot prawn "Cuban style"

Being a big fan of Chef Brian Redzikowski, I knew I had to try his dish. Having had an amazing meal at Thompson Hotel but not-so-amazing at his Hatchi series, I was definitely intrigued with what he would come up with. This was probably one of my favorite dishs of the night! Everything on that plate was perfect. I enjoyed it very much.

Craft: Liberty Farm duck and heirloom melon salad

Craft's duck was cut lean so it didn't feel fatty as one would think. The salad did a great job of cutting the fattiness of the duck. I thought the dish was smart and delicious.

The Blvd: kampachi with apple arugula avocado foam and shiso flowers

Another one of my favorites of the night was The Blvd's kampachi with avocado foam. It was refreshing and full of flavor. I thought the avocado would overpower the fish, but since it was a light foam it complimented the kampachi well.

Roy's: new style hamachi poke & forbidden black Thai rice pudding

Fraiche: salmon tartare on a potato chip

Another delicious dish was Fraiche's salmon tartare on a potato chip. The potato chip wasn't as crispy as I would have liked, probably because I ate one of their last dishes, but the salmon tartare was great.

Oanh of It's More Than Just Eating (Events Team - Restaurants), Ngyuen of Starry Kitchen, and Bill of Street Gourmet LA

Cyndi (Events Team - Restaurants) and me with Paul Blackthorne of The Gates on ABC.

Even though I didn't sample all the dishes from each restaurant, I was so busy during the whole event I wasn't even that hungry.Those few dishes I had were more than enough to keep me sustained throughout the event. I had so much fun mingling with my friends, team members, chefs and bloggers. I think every time I saw someone I took them to the Rock Sake table and took shots. I had many shots - haha. It was a very fun night. The response I got from all the chefs was unanimous - they were amazed at how organized we were and how helpful our volunteers were. 

I would like to thank ALL the restaurants, beverage purveyors, sponsors and volunteers for donating your time, food, beverages, services and many auction items to make this year's event so successful. I also want to say how much fun I had with the PbP family. I've learned so much from everyone and so grateful to be part of an amazing team. I made great friends and together, we made some incredible memories. I cannot wait until next year!


Cafe Pasadena said...

HK, after looking at your wunderful long blog post of PBP food & pics of you & ONN, all I can say is now I'm hungry and proud of you gals!

(From your 3rd reader)

Daniel S. said...

Great write-up and pics! I was fortunate to also be there (my 2nd time) and had a awesome experience just as before. That kampachi with avocado foam was incredible--I think I downed 4 of those :-O. Good job all around to the PbP team!

kevinEats said...

Nice job with the event! Are you planning on staying on with PbP in the same role for next year?

bagnatic said...

awesome job helen! i'm going next year for sure cuz i just have to. no more out of town trips during that time! *scribbles note to self*

Pandalicious said...

awesome post and pix! the potato chip tuna tartare looks yum, what a creative idea! Paul is cute!

nelehelen said...

Mike - haha thanks! I hope you can make it out next year!

Daniel - Oh, I'm so sad I missed you! Hopefully, I'll see you next year?

Kevin - I'm thinking about taking on a bigger role, but just seeing how my work load is going next year...

Amy - yay! try to make it out to our other smaller events, i'll keep you posted.

Amy C. - Thanks! Yes, Paul is VERY handsome and I love his accent! :)

streetgourmetla said...

I loved this event, just wish we could have partied a bit more, together that is, I think you were DEFINITELY partyin'.

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