photo credit to Marcia Gagliardi, aka 'the tablehopper')
The menu for the night was the opening menu from the first night at Postrio, even the prices were the same. We ate beautifully seared foie gras with roasted fennel, the 'giant blini' with smoked salmon, a steak cooked to absolute perfection, and Chinese style duck with steamed buns. It was really impeccable food (even the butterscotch sundae was to die for). The food wasn't the only thing that was beautiful last night. Guests pulled out the stops and were dressed to the nines. We arrived early and posted ourselves in the bar so we could see people as they arrived. Annie knew everyone from her long SF restaurant history. I mostly sat and stared, enjoying the star sightings immensely. Let's see...we saw the dear Mary Risley, Chuck Williams (of Williams-Sonoma), Willie Brown, Denise Hale, Tatiana Sorokko, the incredible writer Peggy Knickerbocker, the 'tablehopper' Marcia Gagliardi, and or course Wolfgang himself. He was working the room, cozying up to San Francisco's elite for one last time.
Willie Brown toasted Wolfgang at the end of the night. When Wolfgang returned the toast with a huge thank you to everyone, he finished with the now famous line from the guv, "I'll be back". Time will tell but, if last night was any indication, Wolfgang will be a legend in SF for a long, long time.