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We can watch as many cooking shows as the next guy, but there's always one part missing: being able to taste the food. Score a front-row seat—and eat the end result—at a pair of Studio Gourmet events with Twenty Five Lusk (May 14) and The Whole Beast (May 22), which each include a cocktail reception, a Q&A with the chef, a cooking demonstration, four tastings, wine, and a chef meet-and-greet ($100 each).

Host Brad Lev kicks off every episode of Studio Gourmet, a video series, with an in-depth chef interview, peppered with personal anecdotes that venture past what's on his menu. Get an inside look at chef Matthew Dolan of Twenty Five Lusk, featured in Esquire's 2011 list of the country's best new restaurants, on May 14. Start the night with drinks and appetizers at the China Basin restaurant, a 1917 former smokehouse and meat-processing facility. Following an interview and Q&A session, Dolan will demonstrate four dishes; you'll watch a video feed while snacking on the food: truffle-mushroom cheesecakes; grilled prawns with Japanese pepper-spiced grits, and horseradish vinaigrette; chicken-fried quail with candied kumquat and a wild mushroom pancake; and salted caramels.

On May 22, The Whole Beast's John Fink will be featured. Fink, whose company is centered around cooking humanely raised whole animals over a fire, will set up at Circolo restaurant. The event will follow the same format, and you'll taste halibut and artichoke brandade fritters with salsa verde; chilled asparagus with Romanesque dipping sauce; flatbreads with olives, caramelized red onions, and Alsatian sausage; and strawberry sorbet. Forget the Food Network and Cooking Channel—no matter how big your TV is, you'll never feel the heat from the kitchen.



    21 Baker Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
    404-403-9568 | get directions
    25 Lusk Street
    Twenty Five Lusk, San Francsico, CA 94107

    415-495-5875 | get directions

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