Tinderbox Dinner: a report
Alwin Hawkins reports on the San Francisco Tinderbox dinner.
I ended the meal with a parfait of huckleberries and poached pears, the cool creamy sweetness of the zabaglione contrasting with the slight sharp acidity of huckleberries and the 'chew' of the pears. Three contrasting sweets hitting your mouth at once are like a flavor bomb going off, in a very good way. Elin said that they replicated the flavor of molteberries, a taste that she hadn't found in American markets.
The dinner came off brilliantly, thanks to Pat Delaney (who did the legwork) and the remarkably informative folks at the Rex, who did a great job of finding a great venue, in a specific neighborhood, on short notice. Lots of people, quite a big of really good wine, some lovely food, and lots of fascinating tinder.
Later, Alwin writes:
And as much as I love to blog using TB, it has so many other abilities that calling it a weblog tool is like calling it an outliner. It does those things, but that is not what it is and to look at it in that manner blinds you to seeing the whole elephant.