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Silver Fork Winners at March of Dimes, Cantu and Warner

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Bright lights, chef-prepared food and an auction set the stage for Sunday night’s March of Dimes Signature Chefs event at the Westin La Cantera Resort’s Grand Ballroom.

Issac Cantu, executive chef at Westin's Francesca at Sunset, wins Silver Fork Award for food at March of Dimes Signature Chefs event Sunday.

The Silver Fork Award for the top-rated food item went to chef Isaac Cantu, of Francesca’s at Sunset.  His dish was a Wild Boar Chop topped with a Pumpkin, Cardamom and Hibiscus Sauce, Coconut Caviar and Smoked Huckleberries.  Judges, including myself, Ron Bechtol and Chris Price, picked this chop for its adherence to the “farm to market” theme as well as the robust flavors and originality.

The Silver Fork Award for the top-selling package at auction went to Steve Warner, chef at Wildfish Seafood Grill. The package included dinner for 25, breakfast for 25 and a back massage, shoe shines and car washes for all who attend. The package sold for $3,600.

Sunday’s auction to “Fund the Mission” was designated to provide care for the youngest of infants.  The March of Dimes stated mission is  to “help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies”.

Other standout foods of the evening included chef Brian West’s tender pork belly served with a poached pear in a pinot noir sauce; Troy Knapp chef at the Hyatt Hill Country for dates stuffed with homemade chorizo and wrapped with applewood bacon and SoGo’s Mark Arriola’s French-Vietnamese roast pork sandwich, Bahn-Mi (below left).

Homemade Chorizo-stuffed dates, wrapped in Applewood Smoked Bacon was offered by chef Troy Knapp of the Hyatt Hill Country.

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