The Perfect Proposal for a Foodie
As a chef and foodie, my husband knew he had to do something related to food for our proposal. It was a huge undertaking for him as he himself is not a major foodie. He was treading in very unfamiliar territory and the stakes were high. But he managed to pull off the perfect proposal…Not without a major hitch though..What happened you say?
Well he originally was going to propose during our trip to Paris, December of 2013. He had arranged for a private dinner at Le Meurice where Alain Ducasse himself would prepare our meal and come out for a meet and greet. Everything was set and agreed upon but low and behold, 2 weeks before the date of the proposal, an emergency came up for Alain Ducasse and he couldn’t make it to the proposal anymore. My husband decided he had to ditch the plan to propose because it just wouldn’t be the same without the chef there. So we ended up having a lovely meal at Le Meurice and called it a night.
Now let’s fast forward to December 2014. My husband decided to give it another go a year later but this time went with a famous San Francisco Chef that I loved. It being local actually was just right. There is significance with it being here. This is where we met, this where I grew up, the Chef is someone I’ve admired for a very very long time and his restaurant is an institution. But what made it absolutely unforgettable was the fact that it was all set up at Gary Danko’s own home.
Here is how our magical evening unfolded and why it ended up being the perfect proposal for a foodie and a chef.
My husband made me believe that we had to dress up for a holiday party hosted by a VC. He arranged for a car to pick us up and we arrived at a beautiful home hidden behind vines, something you would see out of an Architectural Digest Magazine or no wait, a movie. The house was impeccably done with interiors that was more romantic, sophisticated, and sexy than “Holiday Festive”
I immediately made a comment of how the vibe of this party is not very typical of a VC holiday party and not to mention the “host” who was suppose to be a VC was also not dressed like a typical VC. I’ve never seen a VC so well dressed before, in a suit that’s so perfectly tailored.
As we had a glass of champagne we were notified that the guests were late and for us to walk out a block from the house to enjoy the incredible views. As we walked up to the ledge I see a firepit, blankets, and candles everywhere…And there my husband proposed, right above the city I grew up in and was born in.
I of course said yes and pop goes the champagne bottle!
He then arranged for s’mores to be made, as every major date we had that involved traveling, he always arranged for a fireplace or fire pit so that we could make s’mores together. And so naturally it would make sense to have one for our proposal.
After a bite of s’mores we walked back to the house and there we were greeted with more champagne and a selection of delicious appetizers.
One by one, I was just amazed by how tasty the passed hors d’oeuvres were. I knew this wasn’t just any hired personal chef to cook a meal. Somebody special had to be back there. And when his signature blinis with caviar came out, I had a huge inkling of who that Chef was going to be but still I wasn’t sure. I just didn’t think, such an incredible Chef would be back there making this just for us.
And well, Chef Gary Danko came out in his perfect Chef whites and I was just shocked. And then to find out the house was his and that his partner Greg played the host/VC and helped plan out the evening, just made me feel so so so special.
We then proceeded to their dining room for dinner at the most incredibly decorated table. I’ve always said how much I loved a table filled with candles and flowers. Where almost every inch is taken up by both. And that night the table was exactly that.
And now the incredible dinner begins…
They also baked the most incredible chocolate cake for our dessert but we literally had no room left in our stomachs at this point. With all the hors d’oeuvres and the 4 course meal and all that champagne and wine, I was ready to burst.
So we took the cake home. We then sat in Chef Danko’s dining room to enjoy the last bit of our evening with Gary and Greg, our most gracious hosts ever.
And if this couldn’t get any better for a Chef/Foodie, I got invited to check out Chef Danko’s home kitchen!
I can’t even begin to express the amount of gratitude I have for Gary Danko, Greg Lopez and my husband. The three of them worked together to make this magical proposal come true. Every detail of the evening was thought out and planned out weeks, months in advance. The care they put into it showed and made me believe that people in our industry, who love what they do, find it a passion of theirs to make a difference in people’s lives. It may be a small imprint but it’s one that is ever lasting. Love, family, friendship, and memories are all shared over food and the connections we make over food will outnumber any other experiences.
Thank you to Gary Danko, Greg Lopez and Caleb Sima, for not only the best proposal but for reminding me why I do what I do. If I can do something of this scale for someone and make a difference in their lives, it makes what we do more rewarding than ever.
PS. Thank you to Alex Lopez for capturing our special evening on film!