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quince, san francisco.

quince, san francisco.

it's FRIDAY! as a hectic week is finally finishing up for me, i finding myself wishing i could go back in time six weeks to our besties' intimate rehearsal dinner at quince in san francisco.

i've heard jon & jason gush about quince so many times in the past - it's their favorite restaurant in the city, and i felt so honored that they would invite us to partake! they even worked with the chef to customize the menu especially for our dinner. the private dining room is attached to the wine cellar, and while we were enjoying some bubbles before dinner started, we were allowed to check it out. i can only imagine the astronomical insurance policy they must have..

james in the wine cellar.

peeking back into the dining room from the wine cellar.



kumamoto oyster, fennel, horseradish, vermouth.

tsar nicoulai caviar tartelette with pumpkin, brown butter, smoked eel.

bite of bread.

the seven course dinner was as spectacular as you'd expect from a michelin three star restaurant. very seafood focused, which i love, and the most clean and beautiful presentations. i mean, just look at that beet wrapped cod! the caviar tartelette and both seafood pastas were absolute standouts, i really couldn't pick a favorite.

black cod, ruby beet, brussels sprout, celeriac.

black cod  close-up.

black cod close-up.

trofie with nantucket bay scallop, cauliflower, fresh run farm parsley.

trofie closeup.

garganelli with maine lobster, english pea, lemon verbana.

the last main course was duck, perfectly cooked, of course, and served on the most beautiful petrified wood plates. prepared tableside was a salad with duck offals, which was a lovely touch - especially since i love offals so much! i only wish there was more.

sonoma duck  with chestnut, black trumpet mushroom, bronx grape.

sonoma duck with chestnut, black trumpet mushroom, bronx grape.

duck offals prepared tableside.

salad with duck heart.

chocolate souffle.

the souffle to finish out the meal was perfect and served in the cutest individual copper pots.

souffle closeup.

assorted mignardises.

the wedding was the next day, and took place with a view of the ferry building (where we had stuffed ourselves at hog island oyster).

ceremony site overlooking ferry building.

the happy couple!

after the reception, we headed to a private speakeasy-style room at bourbon and branch. the cocktails were excellent. all lovely and dreamy vibes at the end of an awesome wedding. ugh, take me back!

bourbon & branch.

speakeasy vibes.

Quince, 470 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
Bourbon & Branch, 501 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94102

gwen, hollywood.

gwen, hollywood.

hog island oyster co, san francisco.

hog island oyster co, san francisco.