Slideshow: 'Fire & Ice' Bites from the 36th Annual Restaurateurs for Education Gala

Le Cordon Bleu
Le Cordon Bleu

One of our favorite desserts was the lightly sweetened cheesecake panna cotta. Not too sweet, but fluffy and smooth, it was a great way to end the night.

Fire and Ice
Fire and Ice

Let the fun begin!

Ballroom Blitz
Ballroom Blitz

The Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency was decked out in the night's theme of fire and ice.

Oysters with Ice Pearls by Supreme Lobster
Oysters with Ice Pearls by Supreme Lobster

Supreme Lobster brought a LOT of Fire River Oysters decorated with what they described as Ice Pearls, which popped in your mouth when you ate them.

Cheese!
Cheese!

This is what a mountain looks like, in heaven. You know—entirely made of cheese.

Chipotle Rubbed Lamb Chop by Municipal Bar and Dining Co.
Chipotle Rubbed Lamb Chop by Municipal Bar and Dining Co.

These guys brought a chipotle rubbed lamb chop with mint chimichurri to cut through the rich meat.

Bulgogi Short Rib Sliders by Red Door
Bulgogi Short Rib Sliders by Red Door

Red Door made bulgogi short rib sliders topped with pickles and kimchi aioli.

Body Paint
Body Paint

Like I always say, ain't no party unless some lady's getting painted up front. No sir.

Winecycle
Winecycle

And also, like I always say, ain't no party unless there's a girl on a giant bicycle with spinning glasses that pours wine for you off that very same bicycle. No sir.

Mercat a la Planxa
Mercat a la Planxa

Hot off the heels of their Bib Gourmand announcement, Mercat brought a cold smoked Skuna Bay salmon with espellete caviar, creme fraiche, and a rye crisp. Mmm.

Henri/The Gage
Henri/The Gage

The folks that run the kitchens at both Henri and The Gage came with piping hot bowls of chicken pozole.

Hubbard Inn
Hubbard Inn

Hubbard Inn rocked a tiny little lobster roll. That's how you know you've got a real party on your hands. Lobster.

Sweet Station
Sweet Station

These garlic pork ribs are from Sweet Station, which is located in Chinatown.

III Forks
III Forks

This delicate salmon crudo was from III Forks Steakhouse.

Sphere Presentation
Sphere Presentation

At first I thought these were those little enclosed biosphere terrarium things, until I looked closer and saw it's a salad with a scallop on top. Awesome.

J. Parker
J. Parker

The J. Parker's bartender repped their unique concoction called Miles to Go Before I Sleep, inspired by the poem "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost.

Spin-Spun
Spin-Spun

This was really fun: Spin-Spun, a candy company, came out with a pair of cotton candy machines and glow sticks. The kids in us were proud to walk around in the dark with the lit-up fluffy sugar candy.

Zed 451
Zed 451

Ever have a liquid cheesecake smoothie before? Neither had we. It was kind of like a cold cheesecake and peanut butter soup.