I met Yigit Pura back in June when I was volunteering at the San Francisco GLAAD Media Awards. He’s the pastry chef who won the first season of Top Chef: Just Desserts on Bravo, and he’s going to open a dessert place in Union Square called Tout Sweet. I’ve been following him on facebook and twitter because he’s just so damn charming. Last night, I went down to Macy’s for a Meals on Wheels Chefs of the Bay Area Calendar Kick-Off Party, to get a calendar signed by seven of the chefs who participated. Yigit Pura’s photo is on the front cover, and he’s Chef December. It’s a great shot, because he’s shirtless and covered in rainbow sprinkles.
I almost didn’t make it to the party. Here’s the twitter version:
How cool is that?
It was a really nice event. One small area of The Cellar was roped off for the party. That’s the basement level with all the kitchen ware. It was a fairly small gathering, maybe forty people, so we all had a chance to mingle a bit with the chefs before they started signing calendars. I’m not a foodie, so I wasn’t familiar with the other chefs, but everyone was really warm and friendly. The executive director of Meals on Wheels SF, Ashley McCumber, gave a speech and introduced everyone there who participated in the calendar project, including the photographer and the graphic designer. We were offered wine, mini-cupcakes, little meringue cookies, and cups of salted caramel ice cream.
The chefs who were there signing: Kara Lind, David Bazirgan, Jen Biesty, Mark Dommen, Pam Mazzola, Kory Stewart, and Yigit Pura. The calendar is gorgeous, and 100% of the proceeds go directly to MOWSF. My friend got me the calendar for a birthday present, and I encourage everybody to get their own. They can be ordered online from mowsf.org.
I was taking lots of photos trying to get some good ones for the blog. Being a devoted blogger can also make you an annoying party guest! I almost got defeated by the tight space and the department store lighting. Anyway, the photos aren’t the greatest, but at least they give a sense of the event. (Clicking on them takes you to larger versions.)
Thank you, Mr Pura! (Sorry there were no cookies in the bag.)