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Photos: 7x7's Piggies 2012: Celebrating the Best Restaurants in San Francisco

On January 23rd, 7x7 welcomed some of San Francisco's most beloved and prominent restaurant and beverage industry leaders to the gorgeous Julia Morgan Ballroom, to celebrate our readers' choices for their best restaurants of the year—the Piggies! This time, 7x7 also bestowed the porcine awards to our editors' choices for the best new restaurants in San Francisco, which all opened in 2011: Boxing Room, Locanda, Nojo, and Park Tavern.

Renowned and up-and-coming executive chefs, bar directors, hard-working restaurant marketing professionals, and passionate foodies gathered in the Beaux Arts-style main room to honor the Piggies winners, presented by senior food editor Sara Deseran. As a special treat, each Piggy winner also received a customized, engraved bottle of Herradura Reposado tequila.

The well-attended event featured stations where guests sampled Herradura's premium spirits; enjoyed flights of 15- and 18-year-old scotch from Glenfiddich; and specialty cocktails from No. 3 Gin. Oenophiles were delighted by the range of boutique wines poured by Silenus Vintners, a collective of artisan winemakers based in Napa Valley. The next generation of chefs also seemed to tend towards the ice-cold Peroni beer on hand.

Bites courtesy of Credo Restaurant were in particular demand, as were the cute sweets from Mission Minis bakery. DJ Dylan Mahoney rocked the room, which was also dotted with lovely, fragrant arrangements from Cherries Flowers.

Photos: Quincy Stamper | Quincy Stamper Photography