Chef Mourad Lahlou, Aziza

Last night I attended a pre-kick-off Spice Party for SF CHEFS 2010, held at the Westin St. Francis Hotel and it certainly was “everything nice”. A room full of celeb chefs presented us with some delectable spice-up-your-buds bites. A few of my fave’s were Mourad Lahlou’s (Aziza) egg, charmoula,potato foam and harissa, beautifully presented in the shell, as well as his corn dish topped with roe, tomato and vadouvan (an Indian spice mixture).

Gerald Hirigoyen’s (Piperade) family turned out to help him dish up a flavorful marinated sardine, as well as some other Basque tempters. Hoss Zare (Zare at Fly Trap) offered a spiced cold yogurt soup that dazzled my tastebuds.

If your mouth is watering, there are still a few tickets available for the Grand Tastings held under the big white tent in Union Square. You won’t want to miss this!