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Chef Robert Lam, owner of Butterfly Restaurant and chosen as 1 of 6 Rising Star Chefs per the San Francisco Chronicle, graciously welcomed Liana Burtsava, Founder of Trendy Lime and a few industry friends for a sampling dinner in preparation for her 1st year Trendy Lime anniversary September 10. Read more about this delicious dinner.
I was delighted with Chef Lam's creative vegetarian options and libations. We started with a Kiwi and Cucumber Gimlet made with Hendricks Gin, muddled kiwi, cucumber, soda, and lime. See the picture below featuring the beautiful San Francisco Bay view and an Edamame appetizer. Now for the entrees...
Next we enjoyed a White Sake Sangria with Gekkeikan Sake, SKYY Berry Vodka, and white cranberry juice accompanying an Heirloom Tomato Duo with Buratta Cheese and Bread Stuffed Tomato and Gazpacho Sauce.
Then arrived the Falcor Sangiovese, Napa 2006 and Toybox Cherry Tomato Risotto with Rosemary Foam. We also enjoyed a Peach Margarita with Herradura Silver Tequila, Pickled Peaches, Agave, and Lime and a tasty hot appetizer: Wok Seared Shanghai Garlic Noodles with summer vegetables, minced green onions, and toasted garlic. Keep reading below for more delectables!
Then came the Spellbound Petit Sirah, California 2008 accompanying the best entree I've tasted in a long time: the spicy House Made Gnocci and Baby Squash Stir Fry made with Tempura Fried Squash Blossoms, Seared Petite Squash and Green Olives, Roasted Red Bell Pepper Coulis, and Ratatouille and Olive Relish. It was Perfect!
Chef Lam also stopped by our table, sat with us and told us how he bought the restaurant in 2000, was classically trained in Italian and French cooking, and tries to keep his menu local and sustainable.
Now Dessert! :-) The desserts included Lychee Shaved Ice with Coconut and Almond Tofu, Brandy Cherry, and Ginger Candy, and Croft 10 yr. Tawny Porto.
Just when we thought we were finished for the evening, we received more surprises! Three desserts: Warm Chocolate Torte, Banana Bread Pudding, and an Iron Skillet Chocolate Cookie. Simply amazing!
Hope to see you at Liana's Trendy Lime 1st year anniversary Butterfly Restaurant party September 10!