While I'm editing the remaining photos of Bouquets to Art 2011, won't you take a few moments to enjoy the dazzling buffet brought to the De Young Museum by the talented crew of McCalls Catering for the Opening Night Preview Party?
Step into Wilsey Court and choose between the seafood or vegetarian paella, or a little of both.
Make sure to leave enough room on your plate for a helping of rack of spring lamb.
Of course, you must eat your vegetables. These are roasted to perfection.
Chase it with oyster gazpacho shooters, or three or four, like I did.
If you still have room, you can belly up to the carving station receive the world's friendliest service.
Now take a moment to admire the towering living sculpture created by Svenja Brotz of Chestnut & Vine (top photo). This arresting design took center stage in the Piazzoni Murals Room. The epiphytic roots of the dainty yellow phaleonopsis look right at home in the nooks and crannies of the bleached grapewood.
I know it's hard to ignore the buffet of desserts luring you. Will it be the strawberry cheesecake?
Or California berries in sabayone, with an optional dollop of whipped cream? Maybe with a meringue kiss?
Who could resist these profiteroles, either chocolate, vanilla, or coffee cream, served on a Tiffany blue plate? Go ahead grab the tongs and help yourself.
While you are digesting all this, I will be preparing the next few posts featuring the artistry of the Bay Area's best floral artists with their interpretations of the fine art inside the De Young Museum.