Olympic Gold Medalist puts on his Chef’s Torque for Charity
Brian Boitano, Olympic gold medalist and celebrity chef, created a sumptuous dinner benefiting Bay Scholars on Friday, August 19 at Credo Restaurant in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District. 140 patrons enjoyed a dinner inspired by Brian’s Northern Italian heritage and culinary expertise.
The evening began with a cocktail reception in the Archive Room at Credo where Brian greeted each guest with a signature cocktail specially created for the evening. Then diners adjourned to the main dining room for a spectacular three-course Italian-inspired dinner prepared by Brian, Credo Executive Chef Larry Finn and the Credo culinary team paired to beautiful estate-grown Mezzacorona wines from the Italian Alps. Each guest found a special gift on their chair from Brian, a signed copy of his eponymous cookbook, What Would Brian Boitano Make?
Throughout the evening Bay Scholars scholarship recipients, Britney Guardado and Christian Garcia were on hand to talk to guests about the Bay Scholars program. This program, founded in 2007 by philanthropist Clint Reilly, makes it possible for promising low-income scholars to have access to college preparatory Catholic high schools.
Special Cocktail Created by Brian Boitano
The Bay Leaf (Bay Leaf Simple Syrup, Vodka, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, a Splash of Prosecco)
Arugula and Nectarine Salad with Pepperoncini Vinaigrette, Olive Bread Croutons
Halibut, Roasted Summer Vegetable Tart, Tomato Brodo, Herb Salad, Crisp Garlic
Chocolate Almond Panna Cotta, Local Berries
About Brian Boitano
Everyone knows Olympic figure skater Brian Boitano is a champion on the ice, but he also gives a gold medal performance in the kitchen! He now finds the same deep fulfillment in cooking and entertaining that he once found in skating. His adventures abroad influence his own style of cooking, as does his Italian heritage, where great food has always been a key part of any gathering. Some of Brian’s favorite food memories revolve around family get-togethers, and his Food Network show and cookbook by the same name, What Would Brian Boitano Make?, include personal vignettes and dishes that are inspired by memorable family recipes.
Bay Scholars exists to make it possible for promising low-income scholars across the Bay Area to have access to and flourish at successful college preparatory Catholic high schools. Bay Scholars was founded in 2007 by Catholic philanthropist Clint Reilly and is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit Bay Area network hub for change through education. The aim of Bay Scholars is to give back to Bay Area Communities through the most important gift — education. For more information: www.bayscholars.org
Credo is the Latin word for “I believe.” Specializing in Italian cuisine, the team at Credo believes that good food and good company go hand in hand. They believe simple things can be brilliant, like authentic, responsibly sourced ingredients, attention to detail and gracious hospitality. The rustic, Italian-inspired dishes are served on tables handmade by world-renowned Dutch craftsman Piet Hein Eek. Composed entirely of scrap wood, each table is one-of-a-kind, the product of hours of human labor and a keen devotion to sustainable design. The found wood in each table echoes the found ideas that cover the walls at Credo. According to Credo proprietor Clint Reilly, “Our walls depict the universality of ideas, the clash of conflicting viewpoints and the democratic nature of discussion and debate.” For more information, visit: www.credosf.com
Photos by Sean Pedruco Photography