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The Pebble Beach Food and Wine event brings together 250 of the most prestigious wineries and 100 celebrity chefs for four days of continuous enjoyment. Each year, the celebration boasts the cream of the crop hosting culinary demonstrations, gala dinners and wine tastings. Master sommeliers from around the world conduct wine tastings, such as blind tastings where world-renowned wine connoisseurs are blindfolded and must name what they taste. Witness the amazing accuracy of these sommeliers as they name not only the type of wine, but also where it originates. For more information, visit www.pbfw.com or call 866-907-3663.
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
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
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.
Terrapin Crossroads serves a prix-fixe family dinner every Monday night from 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., featuring varying specials such as fish ‘n’ chips, taco, pasta or pizza dinners meant to be shared. Prices differ for adults and children, and there are à la carte draft beer or house wine options for an additional $5. The casual Marin County restaurant and live music venue is owned by Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh, and known for crowd-pleasing seasonal cuisine. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael, CA 94901, 415-524-2773.
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 , 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.-7 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 Muscovy Duck Lumpia, White Cheddar Arancini and truffled fries. Viognier, 222 E. Fourth Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401, 650-685-3727.
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.
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.
Along with its weekday happy hour (Tuesday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., featuring dollar oysters and half-off full bottles of rosé and Champagne), The Dorian has a Thursday "night owl" series of specials. Beginning at 10 p.m., guests can enjoy "old-fashioned drinks at old-fashioned prices," including martinis, old fashioneds and Champagne cocktails for just $5 each until 2 a.m. The Dorian, 2001 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123, 415-814-2671.
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.
District in Oakland serves "bottomless" brunch specials every Sat.-Sun. from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., including a $22 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. You can add Bottomless Mimosas to your bottomless brunch for $37. $10 individual mimosas join à la carte breakfast cocktails such as Bloody Marys. District, 827 Washington St., Oakland, CA 94607, 510-272-9110.
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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