Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tyler Florence Coit Tower Dinner Party

This spring I had the privilege of working with my partner, Chef Tyler Florence on a very special event benefitting the San Francisco Parks Trust and San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.

Two generous attendees of the annual Party for the Parks gala bid on a private dinner prepared by Tyler at San Francisco landmark Coit Tower. These lucky donors invited 10 guests to join them for this unique experience not available to the general public.

The evening began with cocktails at sunset, atop the tower's observation deck. Guests sipped mugs of hot apple cider as they took in 360-degree views of the bay and city. Tyler prepared a selection of southern-inspired appetizers, including his incredible fried chicken from Wayfare Tavern. Following cocktails, docents led guests down to the tower’s main floor for a tour of the fascinating murals dating back to the 1930s.

The tour ended at a candle-lit table for 12 inspired by the colors of the murals and the Golden Gate Bridge. Tyler introduced each dish of his custom four-course menu and treated guests to an impressive table-side presentation of crown roast of veal.

Tyler Florence’s Coit Tower Dinner Menu

Grilled Asparagus
lemon sabayon, speck rolled 60 degree egg

Sauteed Local Halibut
bacon butter braised cabbage and chanterelles with a wild mushroom ‘tea’

Crown Roast of Veal
stuffed with spring panzanella with a rich veal jus

Warm Beignets
strawberry chips, strawberry rhubarb puree

Photography by Meg Smith & Associates: Kristen L. Celebrity chef Tyler Florence supported by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering. Rentals by Classic Party Rentals. Florals by Kathleen Deery Design. Table menus by PS Paper.


  1. All I can say is WOW. I saw Tyler in action at a small and very intimate cooking class in Tampa earlier this spring and he is dynamic, entertaining and boy can he cook. Sounds like quite a special evening, and for a great cause.


  2. Gorgeous photos!
    Beautiful event!
    And that menu is making me so hungry...

  3. Congratulations! What a dreamy venue, one of my absolute favorites in SF. I hope they had a docent to explain the history of the murals. Looks like a once in a lifetime dinner and what a marvelous team to work with. Kathleen

  4. Beautiful looking excecution. I hope this is the harbringer of more events there, and becomes a means to keep up the tower's beauty, and visitor costs in check!

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