Celebrity "Pop-Up" Restaurant in San Francisco

| 11.02.12

Check your calendar for a chance to sample Celebrity Cruise-style cuisine in San Francisco Nov. 14 and 15.

The Celebrity "Pop-up" Restaurant will feature cuisine designed by Celebrity chef John Suley

It's only for a couple days. November 14-15 2012, to be exact. But for those two days, Celebrity Cruises is bringing its onboard cuisine to Stable Café in San Francisco's Mission District. In the name of good deeds (and no doubt good promotion), Celebrity is donating ticket proceeds to the Celebrity Cruises Scholarship at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), which has a campus in St. Helena, California (besides the original Hyde Park, New York site.)

John Suley, Celebrity's Director of Culinary Operations, is at the helm of the pop-up venture, along with his team of chefs. Some menu items are inspired by seasonal, local ingredients and flavors in and around San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest.

So what's on the shore-side menu? Think lunch items like roasted parsnip salad with apple, celery, radicchio, capriago cheese (Asiago-style, made with goat milk by northern California artisan company) and truffled hazelnut vinaigrette.

Other spotlighted dishes include five-spice-crusted Cervena venison loin with celery root fondant, wilted spinach, red cabbage marmalade and lingonberry sauce, as served in Celebrity's specialty restaurant Murano. Also, Jerusalem artichoke veloute (soup) with chanterelle (wild) mushrooms, mascarpone cheese, Iberico ham and sourdough crouton; and seared Arctic char (cold-water fish, similar in taste somewhere between salmon and trout) with "beluga" pasta, chorizo, mussels and smoked paprika emulsion. "Strawberry Fields" dessert hails from my favorite Celebrity speciality restaurant, Qsine.

Celebrity has partnered with Tasting Table to invite its San Francisco-area subscribers to the events. Attendees will be entered into a giveaway to win a seven-night Alaska cruise for two on Celebrity Solstice in 2013. Tickets are available online at celebritycruisespopup.eventbrite.com and subject to availability.

This pop-up venture is for a good cause and anyway, you may win a free cruise. At the least, if you attend, one thing's for certain: You're not going to get seasick. (celebritycruises.com)

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