Photos: St-Germain's Valentine Adventure: Dinner, Drinks and Dreamtime
On February 10, writer Abigail Barsana won a fantastic night sponsored by St-Germain that included stops at Americano Restaurant, Chambers Eat+Drink, and the Hotel Vitale. 7x7.com voters picked Abigail's story of the enduring love of friendship to win her a very special San Francisco evening, shared with her closest pals.
The ladies—including Nicole Paulsen, Queenie Magsakay, Vanessa Dimapasoc, Jessie Holland, Ferlin Ballesteros and bestie Rachel Tan—started the evening at a happy hour with specialty St-Germain cocktails in a reserved area at the award-winning Americano Restaurant, then were escorted to the private dining room to enjoy a spectacular dinner customized by executive chef Kory Stewart.
The evening continued at the stunningly designed hotspot Chambers, with private table service featuring a selection of bar bites from executive chef Trevor Ogden's seasonal menu. The night ended with a nightcap and gift bags back at the Hotel Vitale, where Abigail stayed overnight in a Deluxe City View room with two queen beds for herself and best friend Rachel.
Photos: Nikki Ritcher Photography
THE HUMMINGBIRD: St-Germain's signature drink
Brut Champagne or Dry Sparkling Wine, St-Germain, Sparkling Water or Club Soda
DIA DEL AMOR
Reposado Tequila, St-Germain, Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice, Hot Sauce
ST-GERMAIN AND CHAMPAGNE
St-Germain, Brut Champagne or Dry Sparkling Wine
Gin or Vodka, St-Germain, Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice, Float of Champagnes
Stoli vodka, St-Germain, basil
THE PRIVATE DINNER: Abigail's Private Menu at Americano Restaurant
First Course: Fritto misto of local oysters and winter vegetables with mignionette aioli—paired with St-Germain The Hummingbird
Main Course: Grilled ribeye steak with oxtail and Tuscan kale ravioli, parsnip puree and baby root vegetables—paired with St-Germain Dia Del Amor
Dessert: Cannolli filled with straciatelle and candied orange ricotta with spiced chocolate sauce—paired with St-Germain Nomayo
THE AFTER- PARTY: Abigail's Tasting Menu at Chambers Eat + Drink
Smoked Grit Fries with Early Girl Tomato Aioli
Smoking Hamachi with Buddha's Hand Ponzu and Tempura Shiso Leaves
Crab Croquettes with Roe Aioli, Frisée, Baby Fennel, Meyer Lemon and Dill.
Served with personal carafes of The Hummingbird and Chambers' own elderflower cocktail, the #11, celebrated as the "perfect balance of tangy and sweet.
Executive chef Kory Stewart, exécutive sous chef Josh Perez, Bradley Sorenson, Michelle Mercado, Andrea Trucios, Dani Files, Jeremy Miller.
CHAMBERS EAT + DRINK
Executive chef Trevor Ogden, bar program director Neyah White, Isabel Manchester, Jamie Flanagan, Gina Astesana, Becky Veldman.
Jill Plemons, Melony Willliams.
Cherubin De Jesus