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Mountain View hosts an annual art and wine festival in September

Find out about San Francisco food festivals, special dinners and more with GAYOT's culinary events calendar. For even more updates, check out the latest San Francisco Restaurant News and Wine Tasting Events.


Jodi Taffel won the Gilroy Garlic Festival cooking contest with shakshuka with deep fried garlic July 28-30
Sample garlic ice cream, garlic fried bananas and more at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. The event also features live cooking competitions, a wine pavilion, arts and crafts vendors and a children's area. Single-day admission costs $20 for adults. For more information, visit the official website
August 11-13
The tenth annual live music blowout Outside Lands, a multi-day, outdoor festival in Golden Gate Park, will also be a wonderland of local food and beverage purveyors. Among this year's refreshment lineup are Curry Up Now, Smitten Ice Cream, Sabores Del Sur, Rosamunde Sausage Grill, Itani Ramen and others, as well as many fine breweries such as Faction, Altamont and Oakland United. Artists will include Metallica, Lorde, Fleet Foxes and A Tribe Called Quest. Concert tickets and all other details are available on the official website. Outside Lands, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94122, no phone.
August 23-24
Cellarmaker and The Rare Barrel join chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski of The Progress and State Bird Provisions for two nights of collaboration in The Workshop, Brioza and Krasinski's private dining space between their restaurants. Seating is communal style, with courses offering pairings from both breweries. Tickets are $195 per person and include all food, pairings, tax and gratuity. Visit the official website for tickets. The Progress, 1525 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94115, 415-673-1294.
August 24-27
Eat Drink SF, the grand, annual San Francisco restaurant showcase, presents walk-around tastings, held at Fort Mason's Festival Pavillion (various events at other locations). Nearly 40 local restaurants and 70 craft breweries, winemakers and distilleries will flaunt samples of their most indulgent wares at daily "Grand Tasting" events. The opening party, called "Taco Knockdown" and sponsored by Milagro Tequila, takes place Thursday, August 24. For more information, visit the official website
September 14-28
During French Restaurant Week, diners can enjoy special prix-fixe menus at select San Francisco restaurants. For more information, visit the official website


The Mission’s meaty WesBurger ‘N’ More, known for a menu of burgers (including a veg option) and fried chicken dishes, offers an afternoon happy hour from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All Lone Star beers are only $2. WesBurger 'N' More, 2240 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-745-9371.
Distinctive Embarcadero hotspot Waterbar offers a featured oyster for $1.05 from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. There's also happy hour from 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m. featuring a variety of beer, wine and specialty cocktails ranging from $6-$8. The view and setting alone are worth the price. Waterbar, 399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-284-9922.
California-French destination restaurant Jardinière offers themed "Monday Night Supper Club", three-course, prix-fixe options every Monday night for $55 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 small bites, including Fried Califlower and Duck Wings 'a l'orange all cost only $7 each. RN74's happy hour runs Mon.-Fri. from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. 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 panini or half order of pasta. Desserts include house-made cookies and market fresh fruit that are handed to diners to take away with them. Cost is $20 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.
Duende has a weekday pop-up lunchtime event, Kured Wednesdays through Fridays
Duende has a weekday pop-up lunchtime event, Kured, happening inside the restaurant's bodega, featuring house-made cured meats from chef Paul Canales. The menu of mostly sandwiches includes crispy, cured pork shoulder and belly with fennel salad; lamb merguez with bread-and-butter pickle relish; and boudin blanc with apple compote and carrot slaw. Please note: the restaurant itself is not open for lunch (and no longer features Sunday brunch). Pop-up hours are Wed.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., inside the bodega at Duende. For more information and the menu visit here. Duende, 468 19th St., Oakland, CA 94612, 510-893-0174.
Sausalito has a free weekly Friday night summer concert series called Jazz and Blues by the Bay, located at Gabrielson Park, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and featuring nightly food specials available for purchase. Bring a picnic blanket and the family and enjoy. Sponsor restaurant Copita Tequileria y Comida also has tables for six, with dinner and drink service, offered for reservation for the concert. Visit here for details. Jazz and Blues by the Bay, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito, CA 94965, no phone.
Fridays & Saturdays
Along with its regular menu, One Market has a special prix-fixe dinner Friday and Saturday nights dubbed The Downtown Social. Diners receive three courses of seasonal cuisine (a rotating list of choices that may include soups, crudos, grilled meats or fish dishes) and half-priced wines from a curated list. Cost is $45 per person; dishes can be served family style if the whole table would like to take part. One Market, 1 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-777-5577.
Chef Mark Dommen uses the whole animal every Friday and Saturday night as part of One Market's Weekend 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 are available for an additional cost per person. One Market, 1 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-777-5577.
Pacifica's Moonraker, located coastside, has launched a weekly  Sunday brunch with two hour seatings available at 10 a.m.,12 p/m., and 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 $44.95 per person and half price 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 "Sundays Uncorked" every Sunday 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.


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