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.
Tickets are on sale now for a unique worldwide chef shuffle happening the evening of July 9, courtesy of Gelinaz!, a forward-thinking, international chefs collective, and sponsored by San Pellegrino U.S.A. Thirty-seven chefs and their home restaurants will participate, including three from the Bay Area: David Kinch of Manresa, Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn and Daniel Patterson of Coi. Three days before the event, chefs will travel internationally to trade places, using only the ingredients available at the new location to cook a multi-course dinner; diners will not know who will cook for them until after the dinner itself. To see the full list of participants or purchase tickets, visit gelinaz.com
Come out for a weekend of fine food, live music, arts and fun at this mid-summer festival presented by Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce. The 29th Annual Connoisseurs' Marketplace runs both days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., so guests can fully enjoy chef demonstrations, delectable cuisines, premium wines and microbrews. Provided entertainment includes live jazz and swing music, fine art and contemporary crafts by 200 of the West Coast's artists and a children's play area. The festivities will be held on Santa Cruz Avenue between El Camino Real and Johnson Street. Admission is free! For more information, call 650-325-2818 or visit the event page for Connoisseurs' Marketplace.
As part of a cross-country 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. 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
Eat Drink SF will take over the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason in San Francisco, bringing together some of the Bay Area's biggest industry names. Four days of tastings will showcase more than 30 restaurants each, along with breweries, wineries, bars and local spirits. Cooking demos and small class opportunities will round out the experience. Visit www.eatdrink-sf.com for all information and tickets.
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 artists and craft-makers, food vendors and more. For more information visit www.millbrae.miramarevents.com
The Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate, in partnership with Ceres Community Project, hosts the 19th Annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival. With more than 150 heirloom tomatoes produced on the grounds for this very event, guests can find the flavors that suit their tastes. Don't miss out on this single-day event featuring garden tours, wine and food pairings, seminars, the popular "Chef's Challenge" and a music performance by Grammy-nominated Andre Thierry. For more information on general admission, club member prices and exclusive premier packages, visit the Kendall-Jackson official website
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.
La Mar Cebicheria Peruana has an express prix-fixe lunch option weekdays from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For $26.95, diners are offered three courses with items such as cebiche, chicken wings and Peruvian desserts, and guaranteed turnaround time is one hour or less. La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, Pier 1 1/2, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-397-8880.
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 panini or half order of pasta. Desserts---Satsumas, cookies---are handed to diners to take away with them. Cost is $21 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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