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Hard to turn down Champgagne, especially when there's a decorative life preserver involved.
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Fans of Scotch perhaps skipped the Champagne.
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The Village Pub's chef Dmitry Elperin made foie gras macarons that delightfully addled the senses.
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This passion fruit custard from Top Chef Boston winner Mei Lin was garnished with bee pollen and a 3D-printed passion fruit flower.
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Chef and Breaking Borders TV personality Michael Voltagglio showed up in casual mode for his talk, though he did wear shoes.
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These unusual paletas were dusted with parm and the fermented corn delicacy known as huitlacoche.
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Michael Mina's steak tartare, served on a potato chip, offset the abundance of desserts.
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There were also quite lot of takes on classed-up Mexican street food at Bite SV. These tostadas from SF's Tacolicious featured lamb barbacoa.
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The modern and spacious Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara was a fitting venue for the event.