Going back into the past once again, we arrive at the Metropolitan Pavilion on a balmy October 2 evening. AV and I had decided to do a very grown-up thing: attend a benefit. And so there we were, in our party-going finest, at Plate by Plate. As we strolled in and took in the throngs at the tasting booths, bars, and silent auction, we realized that since this event was a benefit for an Asian-American Equity association, we were one of the few non-Asian people there (this fact was underscored by an event photographer who breathlessly tracked us down and asked, "Can I take your picture? We're trying to get as many non-Asian couples as possible!") No matter. We dived into the food and drink, most of which was quite delicious. Below, our pictorial journey.
Vegetable curry puff from Pranna
Sweet sausage and sticky rice from Umi Nom
Green papaya salad and Thai beef salad from Land! Our favorite!
Various treats from Sweetiepie, including a homely but delicious lemon cake
The lay of the land
Lemon crepe cake from Bar Breton. Very delicious.
Sloppy Bao from Baogette
Nougat glace with roasted plums from South Gate
Incredible spread of treats from Tawny Ong. We tasted (and enjoyed) a red velvet cupcake, a hummingbird cupcake, a devil's food cupcake, icebox cake, and banana pudding. Yes, we made two trips... or possibly more. Oops?
The band jams
Texas salt and pepper ribs from Blue Smoke
Lamb ribs from Ilili. AV called this the best bite of the night.
Duck torchon on brioche from One If By Land
Mascarpone cheesecake with apple granita and spiced foam from One If By Land
Gougere from Brasserie Cognac