San Francisco/Bay Area Culinary Events
Hungry? Need to fill your culinary calendar? Here is where you will find all the restaurant and culinary happenings in San Francisco/Bay Area. We feature a calendar of special dinners, tasting menus, prix-fixe meals, food festivals and other culinary events, including regularly occurring food events as well as special one-time-only events featuring top chefs. Keep checking back so you can know all that's going on in the world of restaurant and food events in San Francisco/Bay Area. We've also got the latest San Francisco Restaurant News and Wine Events.
June 3 & 24, July 8 & 22, August 5 & 19, September 10
Heralded alumni of Acquerello's kitchen will return this summer for a series of six tribute dinners celebrating the restaurant's 25th anniversary. The first dinner will feature Liza Shaw in tandem with Acquerello's executive chef Suzette Gresham, as well as pastry chef Tim Nugent and baker Michael Shwe. Portions of the night's proceeds will benefit Shwe's nonprofit New Door Ventures, offering job training for disconnected youth. Future anniversary dinners will occur throughout June and July, featuring chefs such as Massimiliano Conti, Kim Alter and Nathan Lockwood. For reservations call 415-567-5432, and for a complete list of dinners visit the special events page at www.acquerello.com. Acquerello, 1722 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94109, 415-567-5432.
Bocanova turns five this Labor Day weekend and will host its fifth annual gala fundraiser benefitting Oakland Fund for the Arts on August 28, beginning with hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m. The event will feature a wine cellar raffle, luxury silent auction, live music and a buffet-style dinner with wine, beer and cocktails. Tickets are $125 per person, all inclusive, and can be purchased at oaklandfundforthearts.ejoinme.org. Bocanova, 55 Webster St., Oakland, CA 94607, 510-444-1233.
Millbrae’s annual Labor Day Weekend Festival brings the summer to a close with live entertainment, art, food, wine and fun. The Bay Area’s biggest Labor Day weekend event transforms the streets of downtown Millbrae into a Mardi Gras-style celebration. Attendees can expect two days of live music, beautiful hand-crafted items from 200 artists and craft-makers, twenty food vendors, a microbrew tasting tent with the season’s favorites, a car show and a kids’ play land with a climbing wall and bungee jump. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information visit www.millbrae.miramarevents.com
As part of a cross-country, five-city tour, LUCKYRICE Festival makes a stop at The Bently Reserve in San Francisco. An event specially curated to showcase the diverse Asian cuisine of the city, local chefs and mixologists will come together to share their signature drinks and dishes. Hosted by "Top Chef Masters" winner Chris Cosentino and sponsored by Bombay Sapphire East, the event will feature chefs such as Sharon Nahm of E+O Kitchen, Francis Ang of Dirty Habit, and more. Cocktails will feature Bombay Sapphire among other spirits. Asahi beer and Bruce Cost Ginger Ales will also be served. The event will last from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., with early admission at 7 p.m. for VIP ticketholders. Tickets are $88 for general admission and $150 for VIP, and are on sale at luckyrice.com
The Eat Real Festival in Oakland's Jack London Square encourages visitors to "Eat it. Make it. Grow it," not to mention see, smell, hear, cook and do-it-yourself at this huge street celebration of local food and drink. The collection of food trucks and street food vendors from all over the Bay Area will comprise just one of the attractions --- there will also be a craft food marketplace, local beer shed, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages, as well as food skill (baking, sausage making), butchery and barbecue demonstrations, cooking demos, contests, backyard farming resources and plenty of live entertainment. Admission is free. Visit www.eatrealfest.com for all the details.
The 2014 Sunset Savor the Central Coast will feature over 200 wines and 30 local chefs. Celebrity chef Fabio Viviani will prepare a duck dish at the main event on Saturday at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, and Chef Tanya Holland will lead an Italian flavors seminar on Sunday. Other activities include a chance for participants to meet with winemakers, brew masters and artisans, and to tour the Central Coast Pavilion. Tickets for the main event range from $85 to $150, with tickets to additional events starting at $25. For more information visit www.savorcentralcoast.com
With more than 175 heritage varieties of tomatoes, Kendall-Jackson’s culinary gardens offers something for everyone’s palate. Spend the afternoon touring the gardens, learning about wine and food pairings, listening to wine and garden seminars, and enjoying live music by the Carlos Herrera Band at the annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival. The event will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. For more information, call 800-769-3649 or visit www.kj.com
The James Beard Foundation's Taste America dinner series lands in San Francisco for the evening, with a cocktail and tasting reception and dinner hosted by The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, and Parallel 37 chef Michael Rotondo. Rotondo will be joined by visiting chef Paul Qui from qui restaurant in Austin, Texas, and local chef Michael Mina, both past James Beard award winners. The reception will feature tastings by Daniel Patterson, also a past winner, and Staffan Terje of Perbacco Ristorante + Bar. Cocktail attire is requested. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. Visit tasteamerica.myshopify.com for tickets ($350 per person, with proceeds benefitting the James Beard Foundation). The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, 600 Stockton St., San Francisco, CA 94108, 415-296-7465.
Il Cane Rosso in the Ferry Building offers hearty, three-course suppers every night from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. for $30 per person. Rustic, seasonal starters, mains and desserts made predominantly from pedigreed local ingredients are served family-style at communal tables. Affordable carafes of wine, bottled beers, naturally fermented sodas and other specialty beverages are also featured. Il Cane Rosso, San Francisco Ferry Building, One Ferry Building #41, San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-391-7599.
Distinctive Embarcadero hotspot Waterbar offers $1 oysters from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. There's also happy hour from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. featuring $5 glasses of house wine, $3 beers and special cocktails. The view and setting alone are worth the price. Waterbar, 399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-284-9922.
The flagship Bistro Boudin complex --- demonstration bakery, restaurant, museum, café, great Bay views --- is always a worthy stop on Fisherman's Wharf. But what locals and visitors may not know is that the main bar and recently opened Oyster Bar now feature $1 oysters at a weekday happy hour. More options on the happy hour bar menu include Boudin sourdough sliders ($5 for two), fried calamari, garlic fries and other nibbles, with $5 well drinks and house wines, $4 drafts and other drink specials. Happy hour runs Mon.-Fri. from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Bistro Boudin, Boudin at the Wharf, 160 Jefferson St., San Francisco, CA 94133, 415-928-1849.
Viognier's happy hour provides an inviting, upscale weeknight option for San Mateo locals from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Specialty cocktails in the lounge area of the restaurant are $7, and a dedicated menu includes house-made Kobe pastrami on rye with sauerkraut, Comté and truffled fries, and roasted summer squash flatbread with duck confit, broccolini, crescenza cheese and caramelized onions. Viognier, 222 E. Fourth Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401, 650-685-3727.
California-French destination restaurant Jardinière offers themed ("Country French," "Into the Wild"), three-course, prix-fixe options every Monday night for $49 per person, complete with wine pairings from Jardinière's impressive list. Executive chef Morgan Mueller's menu may include first courses such as warm calamari salad with white beans, fennel and arugula, or pâté de campagne with pedigreed greens, crostini and sauce gribiche, and entrées such as coq au vin, local fish or cioppino. Reservations recommended. Jardiniere, 300 Grove St., San Francisco, CA 94102, 415-861-5555.
RN74 from Michael Mina and Rajat Parr has introduced a very happy, happy hour special. Glasses of featured red and white wine (rotating selections), select well drinks and bar snacks will all cost only $5 each. RN74's happy hour runs Mon.-Fri. from 3 p.m.-6 p.m., and again from 10 p.m. until close. RN74, Millennium Tower, 301 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-543-7474.
Americano inside the Hotel Vitale offers a weekday express lunch menu for busy executives. The sit-down meal features a starter of soup or salad coupled with a panino or half order of pasta. Desserts---Satsumas, cookies---are handed to diners to take away with them. Cost is $19 per person and worth it for the hotel hot-spot's pretty Embarcadero location and views alone. Americano, Hotel Vitale, 8 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-278-3777.
Chef Mark Dommen uses the whole animal every Friday and Saturday night as part of One Market's Weekly Beast series. Along with the restaurant's usual seasonal menu that night, Dommen offers à la carte and four-course prix-fixe meals ($45 per person) showcasing humanely-raised animals from area farms and ranches. Beasts include goat and duck from Salmon Creek Ranch, Wyarte Farms lamb, Beeler Farms Duroc pig and Five Dot Ranch beef. As the name suggests, no portion of the animal is wasted in the creation of Dommen's rustic, high-end dishes. Wine pairings available for $27 more per person. One Market, 1 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-777-5577.
District in Oakland serves "bottomless" brunch specials every Sat.-Sun. from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., including a $17 buffet-style meal. Dishes include buttermilk pancakes with banana-rum syrup, scrambled eggs with cheese, steelcut oatmeal with bourbon vanilla brown sugar, ceviche mixta, bacon, house-made sausage, and Southern-inspired fare such as biscuits and gravy, chipotle breakfast potatoes, fried sweet plantains and chocolate chip bread pudding with bourbon caramel...and more. Ten dollar "bottomless" mimosas join à la carte breakfast cocktails such as Bloody Marys. District, 827 Washington St., Oakland, CA 94607, 510-272-9110.
Pacifica newcomer Moonraker, located coastside, has launched a weekly Champagne Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., wherein guests are treated to a complimentary glass of Champagne with their view of the sea. A buffet menu highlights crab legs, peel-and-eat shrimp, chef-carved roast beef and other stations. Also available are omelets made to order and additional vegetarian options. Cost is $39.95 per person and $12.95 for children 12 and under, exclusive of gratuity and tax. Moonraker, Best Western Plus Lighthouse Hotel, 105 Rockaway Beach Ave., Pacifica, CA 94044, 650-557-7025.
Waterfront restaurant Chaya Brasserie hosts "wine and dine" Sunday evening events with half-price bottles of wine. Wines are local and international and the half-price discount applies across the list, representing significant value. Chaya Brasserie, 132 Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-777-8688.
Italian standout Cotogna hosts rustic, four-course, family-style Sunday Suppers for between $50 and $55 per person, exclusive of tax, gratuity and beverage (the regular menu is not available). Menus change weekly and seasonally, and reservations are strongly suggested. Cotogna, 490 Pacific Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133, 415-775-8508.
Alexander's Steakhouse offers prime rib every Sunday evening for only $35 per person. Cost includes a side dish and signature hamachi shooter. The restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m. Call for reservations. Alexander's Steakhouse, 448 Brannan St., San Francisco, CA 94107, 415-495-1111.
Globe hosts a Sunday Farmer Dinner each Sunday, a prix-fixe menu for $39 that highlights chef Peiling Meu’s discoveries from the farmers market that weekend. Regulars have been coming for the past two years, so be sure to get there early enough before the ingredients run out. The special dinner is taken off the menu by 11 p.m. Globe, 290 Pacific Ave., San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-391-4132.
Local beloved Firefly has one of the city’s tastier prix-fixe deals: for $36 Sunday-Thursday, you can take your pick of any appetizer, entrée and dessert. You’ll be buzzing over their eclectic and comforting cuisine, like many have for more than a decade. Firefly, 4288 24th St., San Francisco, CA 94114, 415-821-7652.
Weekend revelers can now rest and recuperate at the Park Chalet's Recovery Brunch. The garden restaurant and microbrewery near the ocean at the foot of Golden Gate Park features outdoor seating on sunnier days and, in foggy weather, cozy indoor dining next to a roaring fire. A heaping brunch buffet of American mainstays such as french toast, carved meats, chilled shrimp, and biscuits and gravy is available every Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $27.50 per person and includes bottomless Champagne. Reservations strongly suggested. Park Chalet, Golden Gate Park, 1000 Great Hwy., San Francisco, CA 94121, 415-386-8439.
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