Weekend Guide: December 2010

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Club Dine In! started out as a cookbook potluck club and has blossomed into a nutritional reference guide and community for people who want to engage in healthier lifestyle habits. Well, it’s time again for a cookbook potluck party! Pick up the selected cookbook,  meet the author, mingle with Club Dine In! and Slow Food SF members, and chat about which dishes you’d love to make for our upcoming potluck.   Book signing: December 11 at 3-4PM. Potluck Party: January 16, 2011 at 5PM.

Club Dine In!'s first Cookbook Potluck at We Olive SF.

December 2010 • City Ice Skating • Ongoing
Nothing screams the holidays and spreads cheer like hot chocolate and ice skating. It’s also a great way to burn calories so you can enjoy more great food. Check out the Yerba Buena, Embarcadero or Union Square ice rinks.

December 2010 • Reindeer at the Zoo • Ongoing
The San Francisco Zoo will bring the holidays to life with the return of Santa’s special reindeer – Holly, Velvet, Peppermint and Belle. The wildly popular event is the only opportunity in the Bay Area to see real live reindeer. Their beautiful velvet antlers are a must see and many visitors will be surprised to find out Santa’s reindeer are smaller than one might imagine.

Thursday Dec 2nd • Shop, Snack and Sip • 6-9PM
Urbanis, The Marina Merchants Association + The San Francisco Bay Guardian invite you to Sip Snack + Shop, a holiday shopping event in the Marina District of San Francisco. Enjoy drinks, appetizers and treats  as you shop during extended hours.

Thursday Dec 2nd • After Dark: Sugar • 6-10PM
Meet culinary historian Michael Krondl, who will take us on a tour of the history and culture of desserts, both secular and divine. Learn about the patricians of Venice who served French King Henri III a banquet where tablecloths, knives, forks, and even glasses were made of sugar. Discover how our taste for sweetness has led to some of humanity’s worst crimes while inspiring some of its most delightful inventions.

Friday Dec 3rd • Chestnuts on Chestnut • 5-8PM
Let the spirit of the season embrace you as you create lasting memories with your friends and family at our annual “Chestnuts on Chestnut” celebration. Stroll down Chestnut Street as you sip hot cocoa and admire the holiday lights and family entertainment. A new tradition not to be missed!

Friday Dec 3rd • Yuppie Friday’s Toy Drive Mixer • 5:30-8:30PM
Yuppie Friday is hosting a very special holiday happy hour toy drive to support the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program. $15 entry fee includes 2 drinks and a donation. Bring a Toy to donate and get 5 free raffle tickets & $5 BarTab credit. Last year the donation shelves were empty the night before our event and families were coming in the next day to pick out toys. We were able to gather over eight barrels of toys so that disadvantages San Francisco kids could have toys for the holiday season.

Friday Dec 3rd • Drink For A Cause • 6-10PM
It’s become an annual tradition that Drink For A Cause support the SF Firefighters Toy Program with their December Happy Hour. In lieu of a monetary donation, please bring at least 1 UNWRAPPED toy per person as entry. But feel free to give much more as always! Some awesome people come with a bagful of toys. We love seeing that Christmas spirit.

Saturday Dec 4th • Outside India • 12PM
Join Soul Cocina for an afternoon of Indian street food and music to benefit Doctors Without Borders.

Saturday Dec 4th • Union Street Fantasy of Lights • 3-9PM
On December 4, Union Street kicks off its annual Fantasy of Lights Holiday celebration, where young and old alike can enjoy festivities to begin the holiday season. Thousands of holiday lights set off the Victorians, transforming Union Street into a magical backdrop for Santa and a team of elves to celebrate along with jugglers, live ponies dressed as reindeer, a monkey, face painters and balloon artists.

Saturday Dec 4th • General Store Anniversary • 4-8PM
General Store is a collaborative entity created by Serena Mitnik-Miller and Mason St. Peter which features carefully curated items from both new and vintage sources. Local Artisans and Craftspeople contribute to the mix of furniture, clothing, tools, plants, household items, books, jewelry, cards and small electronics, a little bit of everything useful! They are celebrating with lemonade, beer, banh mi, and performances by Sonny (of Sonny & the Sunsets), Ruben Diaz & The Objects, and Also.

Saturday Dec 4th • Slow Crab Dinner • 6-9PM

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Celebrate the start of Dungeness Crab season at the Slow Crab Festival co-hosted by the San Francisco Brewers Guild. The dinner will be prepared by California Culinary Academy and will include live entertainment, products from local artisan food producers, delicious locally caught crab and tons of local beer courtesy of the SF Brewer’s Guild. Ticket sales information will be made available shortly. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go towards the Slow Food San Francisco School Garden Projects.

Sunday Dec 5th • Repeal Day Holiday Party • 6-10PM
It’s time to celebrate the 77th Anniversary of the day we got our right to drink back and that jolly time of year when the snow doesn’t fall in San Francisco, but the temperature does- all in one party! Join the Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail welcomes you to the first full-blown party at The Cocktail Bill Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts!

Sunday Dec 5th • Bicycle Coalition Party • 6-10:30PM
This is where over 1,000 SF bike enthusiasts of all stripes — SF Bicycle Coalition members, bike industry leaders, local business supporters, local artists and politicians come together for a festive evening to celebrate the love of riding a bike in San Francisco. An occasion to raise a glass to the 11,000 SF Bicycle Coalition members and the organization that makes biking more enjoyable throughout the year. To top it off, the event included New Belgium beer, entertainment, a 200 item silent auction, a 60 piece art auction, food and over 1,000 bike-friendly party-folk.

Sunday Dec 5th • Venezulan Tamales Class • 5:30-7:30PM
Learn to make an HALLACA- Venezuelan traditional holiday treat! Corn dough, with a 3 meat stew (vegetarian option available too), wrapped in a plantain leaf and steamed. Sweet, sour, spicy! Or you could just order them!

Friday Dec 10th • La Cocina  Gift Fair • 4-9PM
Join us at the 2nd Annual La Cocina Gift Fair! It’s the perfect place to find every type of food related gift you can imagine – from local cookbooks to artisan jams and the best chocolate you’ve ever tasted. It is going to be insanely good.

Sat-Sun Dec 11-12th • Wild Kitchen Dinners • 6PM
Each Wild Kitchen dinner is a community affair. We sit together, eat together, and talk together. Everyone sits and eats at communal tables, while the forager explains the wild ingredients in the dishes and why we used them. Tickets are very limited, so please sign up soon. So we can help make sure more people get seats, we are having three nights of dinners this month. Same time, place, menu; different days.

Saturday Dec 11th • Marin Organic Holiday Dinner • 6PM
Become part of a Marin Organic tradition by celebrating their 4th Annual MarketBar Holiday Dinner! Chef Rick Hackett has created a festive brasserie-style menu featuring food from Marin Organic producer members that will delight the senses and inspire the spirit.

Wednesday Dec 15th • Grub Crawl • 6:30-9:30PM
Join Club Dine In! and Grub Crawl on a grub crawl! We will visit three restaurants in Cow Hollow for a progressive dining experience. Please save the date!


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