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Restaurants Put Best Plate Forward

Taste of the Coast highlighted small bites and products from over 80 vendors.

Story by Lori Stotko

Photos by Stuart Nafey

A good time was had by all at A Taste of the Coast, the benefit event for held at in Half Moon Bay Sunday night.

Over 80 Coastside vendors – including restaurants, businesses, grocery and liquor stores and artisans of everything from pottery to cheese plied their wares to the beat of Catie Chase & the Getaways, a classic rock band. A Hawaiian theme — complete with cloth leis as part of the dress code — prevailed.

From the $60 entry fee to the money generated by the silent auction, all proceeds were designated to pay for services provided by Senior Coastsiders to its clients, including Meals-On-Wheels and other vital services.

Items auctioned off included a Sunday brunch at the , a beekeeping lesson from Bee Happy Honey Company, original clay art, paintings, an overnight stay at the hotel and the services of a professional Santa Claus. Raffle tickets came with entry. Many attendees won gift certificates and other donated items.

Over 50 volunteers worked alongside chefs and servers to serve up signature dishes of local restaurants.

Notable standouts included:

  • pumpkin raviolis in sage béchamel sauce from the Ritz
  • ’s “Princeton Style” creamy clam chowder
  •  the famous Coastal Kale Salad offered by 's salad slingers
  • restaurant's rib-sticking bacon-laced macaroni and cheese
  • offered two exciting homemade curries with a Turkish flare.

 

Cameron Palmer’s father was hard at work, sporting a British flag apron and laconically offering sliced bangers in the west corner, while Cameron socialized.

The Mexican food contingent was well represented by , Taqueria, , and El Gran Amigo all offering comidas tradicionales.

held court with a hearty veal cannelloni and pastry chef 's charming pumpkin macarons. offered a cool spanish tortilla of potatoes, artichokes and red pepper sauce, perfect for the 90-plus degrees generated in the room by 60-odd chafing dishes and a number of dancing bodies. 

At 93, Isador “Izzy” Krechevsky, was likely the oldest dancer. He danced with his daughter-in-law Pam Potts. Izzy, a Senior Coastsider volunteer with many years of working in the kitchen, helps pack up Meals–On-Wheels for seniors in need.

A night of noshing was finished off with desserts ranging from profiteroles to shortbread cookies, to Old Quebec aged white cheddar cheese and a tot of Val Do Bomfin Portuguese wine from the .

and coffee was available near the desserts and upped the caffeine levels.

Therein completed an evening which appeared to offer something for everyone.

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Stuart Nafey September 21, 2011 at 07:05 AM
I forgot to mention the heavenly creamy artichoke dip from Casey's Cafe! We always have nice meals there.

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