An Evening for two good Causes Benefiting Face 2 Face and The Sonoma Humane Society

Talk about a Designer Crab Feast!  Unbelievable food, beautiful presentation, impeccable service, and all for two very great causes near and dear to my heart!  At $55 per person, the dinner Chef Tony and his crew at Sea Thai Bistro in Montgomery Village prepared last night was truly a fabulous Thai feast, starting with the Dungeness Crab Soup with Winter Squash (Kabocha I believe), Coconut Milk, Shiitake Mushrooms, fresh lemon grass and cilantro.  Beautiful, so beautiful.

Next was Dungeness Crab Fried Rice with Cherry Tomatoes, Onions and Sun-dried Bing Cherries.  Again, beautiful and the cherry tomatoes were ever so slightly warm from the hot rice, that it was like a sugary-tomato explosion in my mouth!

Then we got down to the serious Crab! Chili-garlic-butter Spiced Dungeness Crab with Spring Onions! Uber-Unbelievable.  The crabs were huge, perfectly cooked and the sauce clung to the shells like a perfect Bordelaise Sauce hugs a grilled filet!  There was just enough spice to tantalize the taste buds, but not so hot that it interfered with the delicate flavor of the crab.

The wine was a Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.  It was fruity and crisp and cleansed the palate with each sip.  Every spicy bite of crab dabbed in the sauce was a whole new taste sensation.  And that brings up a really good point, whenever I dig into crab, I get a little bored after a few legs.  Drawn butter and lemon juice only go so far, but a fabulous sauce can take you through the whole crab and make you question whether you want another one!

To finish out the evening, Chef Tony sent out a decadently-delicious chocolate cake square that sure tasted like Grand Marnier and fabulous chocolate, it also had a raspberry and strawberry coulis and vanilla bean ice cream (organic).

Upon leaving, our server Anthony, made sure he thanked us for coming in to the restaurant and participating in such an important cause in our community.  Whenever I see an employee of a restaurant take pride in what the owners are passionate about, it makes me feel really good to support them.  Thank you to Sea Thai Bistro, Chef Tony Ounpamornchai, and your wonderful staff for giving us the opportunity to share in your passion of helping out our community and serving food from your heart!

Sea Thai Bistro,  2323 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Phone: 707– 528-8333

Getting Crabbie!!!

Getting Crabbie!!


About chefmarybergin

Mary Bergin Mary’s star studded career began with Wolfgang Puck and Barbara Lazaroff in 1982 at the original Spago Restaurant in West Hollywood, California. Her innovative desserts have been enjoyed and praised by customers, Hollywood stars, food magazines and fellow chefs. The James Beard Foundation invited Mary to create her imaginative food and desserts for over 1,500 guests at the 15th Annual James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Reception Honoring Julia Child on May 2, 2005 at Manhattan’s Marriot Marquis Hotel. Mary was a frequent guest chef on Julia Child’s Baking with Julia PBS television series and a contributor to the cookbook, Baking with Julia. Mary became Spago’s Executive Pastry Chef in 1987 where she was responsible for pastries in the restaurant as well as training new chefs for the numerous Puck/Lazaroff restaurants. In 1992, Mary moved to Las Vegas to open the new Spago Restaurant in the Forum Shops at Caesars on the Las Vegas Strip as well as Chinois Restaurant two years later. Her recipes are included in Wolfgang Puck’s cookbook, Adventures in the Kitchen. She has also served as the National Spokesperson for the American Dairy Association on their “Just Say Cheese” and “Butter is Back” advertising campaigns. Mary helped open Tomasso Trattoria in Southborough, Massachusetts and was the Executive Sous Chef/Pastry Chef of this very authentic Tuscan restaurant. After being opened just eight months, the restaurant was voted “Best of the New” restaurants in Boston by Boston Magazine Mary’s recipes and desserts have been featured in Bon Appetit, Cook’s Illustrated Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, TV Guide’s Celebrity Dish, The New York Times, Chef Magazine (she was on the cover of the very first magazine), Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. She has been a guest on ABC’s Good Morning America, The Television Food Network, In Food Today with David Rosengarten AM Los Angeles and a host of other acclaimed television shows. Mary has prepared food and desserts for two presidents, and is well versed in specialty diet and ethnic cuisines. Mary has written two cookbooks with her long-time friend, Judy Gethers, Spago Desserts and Spago Chocolate. Spago Chocolate was chosen as the “Best Cookbook of the Year” in 1999 by Food and Wine Magazine’s Best of the Best Cookbook. Mary ran the Culinary Program at Sur La Table in Santa Rosa for the past 5 years and taught most of the cooking classes. Chef Bergin has launched her own business, Culinary Therapy™ with Chef Mary Bergin, giving individual one-on-one instruction. She also teaches her Professional Pastry Course and Advan
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2 Responses to An Evening for two good Causes Benefiting Face 2 Face and The Sonoma Humane Society

  1. WOW! My mouth is watering! Wish we were there!

  2. Let us know about your next event!!!

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