Weekend Guide: December 8-15, 2010

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With the holidays in full swing, San Francisco is bursting with foodie events! Club Dine In! is hosting two events and one meet-up this month. On December 11th, 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. The cookbook potluck party is on January 15th, 5PM. Club Dine In! members are meeting up to watch Black Swan together at the Sundance Kabuki Theater on December 12th, 4PM. Club Dine In! is dining out with Grub Crawl on December 15th, 6PM. Join use for a progressive dining experience with a special menu catered just for us!

In other events:

Wednesday Dec 8th • A Curious Affair • 5-9PM
Please join us in San Francisco for the first-ever, first-annual experience gift market, and give way better gifts this holiday season! Mix and mingle over cocktails and discover unique local hands-on gifts, from glass blowing sessions and personal wine blending workshops to digital photography classes and custom designed fragrances. And of course, trapeze lessons!

Wednesday Dec 8th • Soul Supper • 6-9:30PM
Soul Cocina is cooking up a soul warming meal tonight. No reservations are necessary.

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 11-12thBazaar Bizarre • Ongoing
Bazaar Bizarre began in 2001 in the Boston-area as an offbeat entertainment extravaganza to showcase the DIY movement and handmade goods.  Bazaar Bizarre San Francisco is a Handmade market, Indie entertainment extravaganza and D.I.Y. Festival all under one roof! We have awesome handmade arts and crafts for sale, DIY workshops such as the world famous Swap-O-Rama-Rama and entertainment.

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.

Saturday Dec 11th • Food For Thought • 2PM
How we talk about food has evolved just as our palettes have. We read about food in newspapers and books, we see and hear about food on television and radio and we also learn about food and local and national food trends through online blogs. This panel discussion brings together some of San Francisco’s best to discuss how we talk about food and celebrate what makes San Francisco a unique food destination. Panelists include: Joey Altman, author, chef and host of the food-television magazine show, Bay Café; Gene Burns of Dining Around with Gene Burns on KGO Newstalk Radio AM; Sheila Himmel, Guest Curator of San Francisco Eats; Patricia Unterman, chef, author and owner of Hayes Street Grill; and Melanie Wong, food blogger for Chowhound.

Saturday Dec 11th • Club Dine In! Cookbook Meet- Up• 3-4PM
Club Dine In! is hosting a cookbook potluck! This time, we are going back to Slow Food’s roots in Italy and going to into the kitchens of five Italian women with Cooking with Italian Grandmothers. 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. The cookbook potluck party is on January 15th, 5PM.

Saturday Dec 11th • The Kings of Pastry • 7 PM
Master Chocolatier, Michael Recchiuti, will speak and give out samples from Recchiuti Confections at the screening of The Kings of Pastry at the Balboa Theater.

Sunday Dec 12th • Black Swan Movie• 4:00PM
Club Dine In! members are meeting up to watch the critically acclaimed movie, Black Swan. We will meet at 4PM for the 4:15PM showing at the Sundance Kabuki Theater. After the movie, we will walk over to Dosa SF for a drink and bite. Please let me know if you would like join by leaving a comment or sending me an email: nimisha@clubdinein.com

Wednesday Dec 15th • Grub Crawl • 6:00-9:00PM
Join Club Dine In! and Grub Crawl on a grub crawl! We will visit three restaurants in Cow Hollow for a progressive dining experience. A special menu will be created just for us!

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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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Weekend Guide Oct 28-31

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It’s Halloween Weekend! This is the most celebrated holiday in San Francisco and the SF Giant’s are in the World Series! If you are not so into the spirit of Halloween, watch the games with a few close friends or enjoy a quieter evening home. If you are into the spirit of Halloween, this city will not disappoint you with the array of events going on. Also,  advantage of the FREE CAB RIDES on Halloween night for those who have partied too hard.

Thursday Oct 28th • World Series • 4:30PM
In case you haven’t heard, our SF Giants are in the World Series! Support your team, wear black and orange (coincidentally Halloween colors), and drink responsibly. Check out this  great compilation of places to hang out during the ball game.

Thursday Oct 28th • Wild & Scenic Film Festival • 5-9:30PM
Join the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) and Clif Bar & Company when they host the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival On Tour in Emeryville on October 28. The event will include delicious, seasonal offerings from a selection of the area’s best restaurants, food artisans, and growers, as well as local beverages, prizes, music, and a full program of eye-opening environmental films.

Thursday Oct 28th • Tea and Telling • 7-9PM
If baseball and Halloween are really not your thing, cozy up with a cup of hot tea at Samovar Tea Lounge. Writers, Musicians, Storytellers, Stand Up Comics, Spoken Word Artists, Dancers and Tea Drinkers are invited to this event. That means you. If you want to share your work, please arrive at 7:30 to sign up for a spot and relax with your fellow creators before we begin.


Thursday Oct 28th • Super Natural Night Life • 6-11PM
Kick off Halloween weekend in-costume at a SuperNatural edition of the Academy’s weekly NightLife event. In the spirit of Halloween, step into the world of parapsychology with Professor Paranormal, one of the world’s leading experts on ghosts and psychic experience. Drop in on one of his tongue-in-cheek psychic shows, check out a giant pumpkin carving demonstration, and groove to ghoulish tunes by DJ Tomas Diablo all night long.


Thursday Oct 28th • Mission Treat • 7-9PM

It may seem like every day is Halloween in SF. We San Franciscans love to dress up whenever we have a chance, but it’s not ’til that last week of October that the real freaks come out at night. This Halloween, The Bold Italic heads to the heart of the Mission, a part of the city that’s already known for good food, good parties, and a strong sense of community.  Partiers will enjoy a night of art, food, drink, fashion, and a blood-splattered,  Dexter -inspired photo booth along that block. Show up in your best costume for this unique trick-or-treating of sorts.

Friday Oct 29th • Organic Beer & Wine Tasting • 4-8PM
Join CCOF for the 5th Annual Organic Beer and Wine Tasting at the Ferry Building in San Francisco to sample a wide variety of fine beverages – all by producers certified organic by CCOF – and talk directly to the vintners, and brewers.

Friday Oct 29th • Thriller • 10PM
This October, Yoshi’s is pleased to be hosting the MJ Thriller Halloween Ball featuring the Bay Area’s haunting band Foreverland. Based in San Francisco, the Foreverland was formed in March of 2009 to honor Michael’s musical genius and legendary showmanship. Rather than be limited by a MJ impersonator and pre-recorded backing tracks, the band’s unique approach is to celebrate the larger than life performances, imagination and infectious spirit of this legendary artist.

Saturday Oct 30-31st • Harvest Festival • 9AM
While everyday seems like a harvest festival at the Ferry Building, the last weekend of October always sets a new benchmark for celebrating the local bounty, with activities for adults and children at the Ferry Building Harvest Festival ranging from tastings, to live music, to facepainting, to the beloved Barnyard by the Bay (petting zoo) on Sunday. Other than an organic wine and beer tasting on Friday night, events are free and open to the public.

Sat-Sun Oct 30-31st • Super Natural Museum • 9-5PM
Celebrate Halloween with chills and thrills at the Academy! Enjoy ghoulish music by 102.1 KDFC and Radio Disney, join a costume parade, or delight in performances by Velocity Circus, magicians, and more! The family fun continues with cockroaches, snakes, and other creepy crawly critters during live animal demonstrations and special programs. Come in costume and get a free trick or treat bag!

Saturday Oct 30th • Sweet Tasting Event • 1-5PM
Bacetti is very proud to invite you to its “unveil tasting event”. On Saturday afternoon October 30, Bacetti will distribute Free Bacetti to taste. Expect surprises to be part of the party, come with your friends and family to Paulette Macarons to discover the latest delicious fun treat.

Sunday Oct 31st • Barbary Coast Trail Walk • 9AM
An inaugural 3.5 mile walk through San Francisco’s most historic and vibrant neighborhoods. Since its establishment in 1998, many visitors and residents have enjoyed segments of the walk but never before has there been an opportunity to do the entire trail with knowledgeable guides along the trail. This walk will be lead by former Mayor Willie Brown.

Sunday Oct 31st • Bar Agricole Dinner • 6PM
Bar Agricole, a newish, stylish restaurant and bar is hosting a costumed prix-fix dinner to get your Halloween night started off perfectly. “The exact nature of Halloween offerings are a closely held secret, but expect blood sausage.” More details here.

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LA Times Food and Wine Festival

On Sunday, September 5th, Satish and I went to the inaugural LA Times’ Celebration of Food & Wine event set on the Paramount Pictures studios in Hollywood, CA. A portion of the proceeds benefited Share Our Strength and the Los Angeles Times Family Fund. The event was sold out online and only a 100 tickets were available at the door. After waiting in three different lines, we were all checked-in, had our tasting tickets, and ID bracelets. There were sampling of wine and food throughout the day. Here are highlights of the full day of events:

With fellow blogger Aarti Sequeira , she is so sweet and funny!

The Food Network Garden, featured four out of seven trucks from “The Great Food Truck Race.”

The line for the Nom Nom Truck was outrageously long! Even though we really wanted to taste their famous Bahn Mi, it was too hot to stand in line for 1+ hours.

Nana Queens serving up their puddings and wings

Jazmina Banionis of Rajin' Cajun, also contestant truck on Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race

The Cooking Channel's own Ice-Cream was also present, serving flavors such as Salted Caramel on the sweltering day.

Crepes from Crepes Bonaparte- French crepes on the go!

Demonstrations and Panels included Question and Answer sessions with food bloggers, top chefs, celebrity chefs, and cooking demos.

A panel discussion with Top Chef Michael Voltaggio and Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal Restaurant moderated by Betty Hallock.

Successful food bloggers, Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) and Aarti Sequeira (Aarti Paarti/Winner, The Next Food Network Star” Season 6) share their secrets and tips with an eager audience. Moderated by Rene Lynch (Assistant Food Editor, Los Angeles Times)

Farm to Table Cooking Demonstration featuring Suzanne Goin (AOC/Lucques/Tavern) – slow-roasted wild salmon with cornbread-poblano pudding and succotash salsa. The salmon is almost red because it's so fresh.

Aida Mollenkamp (“Ask Aida” on the Food Network/”Foodcrafters” on the Cooking Channel) gives a Cooking Demonstration – Flatbread with Crisp Bacon, Caramelized Onions, and Figs, Cardamom-Scented Pickled Fennel, Baked Ricotta Appetizer, and a Plum Blossom Cocktail.

Food Trucks and Tastings:

Buttermilk, a homemade gourmet breakfast truck bringing it to the streets. They are innovative and gooood!

Buttermilk's' Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese and Fried Donut- nothing is a tad bit healthy, but it was worth it!

a Dosa Truck roaming the streets of LA!

Foodies

Chef DAS, contestant on the Next Food Network Star. He is so nice and doing good for the community.

We ended up giving our tickets away- it was way too hot to drink alcohol

Summary:

The overall event was fun with plenty of demos and educational opportunities for foodies. I felt that I was at a fancier “Off the Grid”, with a little bit more hooray. It was great to see some of the celebrity chefs walking around the festival, taking pictures and talking to fans. However, they soon disappeared to their exclusive VIP section separated by a white picket fence. Once they crossed the fence, they were able to indulge in fancier food from restaurants like Lago and Mar’sel’s, where champagne and oysters were offered. On the other side of the white picket fence, the street food trucks lined up feeding the hungry masses “gourmet” food like banana bread pudding and tacos. There was no focus on sustainability or health at this festival. Very disappointingly most vendors were not using compostable serving ware and recycling bins were far too less. Next year, hopefully, LA Times will give more focus to these issues.

The white picket fence separating the VIPs from the regular ticket holders.

LA Times Food and Wine Celebration

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August 26-29th
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San Francisco’s heat wave lasted a good two days, now it’s time to get back to your normal routine! Escape the fog and explore the North and South Bay. “The Marin Headlands has more points of interest than an iPhone app, and one of the best ways to see them is via a 3.5-mile hike from Rodeo Beach to Point Bonita Lighthouse. The views just keep on coming as you cross Bird Island overlook, go in search of an old shipwreck, detour to the lighthouse, and pass one of Marin’s best barbecue spots.”- Weekend Sherpa

View from Marin Headlands

Thursday August 26th • The Real L Word Wine • 7PM
Escape your reality by meeting some of the reality stars at the most exclusive launch party of San Francisco as we dance the night away with DJ Russell Vargas & Laron a.k.a SWAN, enjoying fabulous “the real L word wine” gaze out over the San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz at sunset.

Friday August 27th • Camp-In Movie Night • 5-9PM
Together with Sports Basement, Alite be projecting Stand By Me in the Grotto (1st floor, by the cycling department) which will be all decked out like we’re camping. No admission, free beer and snacks, a raffle to win day packs, trail maps, a Wild Food Walk from Forage SF, a campsite reservation, and other cool stuff! Also, now’s your chance to stock up on those sexy bib shorts and swim goggles you’ve been needing; everyone gets 20% off everything in the store from 5 to 9.  Kindly RSVP.

Fri-Sun August 27-29th • Eat Real Food Festival • Ongoing
“Putting the food back in fast.” Eat it. Make it. Grow it. Why choose when you can do all three? Truck loads of great food, tons of exciting demos that show the necessary food skills to survive the urban wild, performances, pop-up gardens, and more. Eat Real’s success will be measured by increased public awareness of and respect for the craft of making good food and by the growth of green collar jobs in America’s growing regional food economies. Eat Real’s vision is of an America where food’s crucial importance to the health of our bodies, communities and economy is universally recognized, and where access to healthy and affordable real foods is a right, not a privilege. Also, in our ideal America, food tastes a whole lot better.

Saturday August 28th • 18 Reasons’ Block Party • 12-5PM
Our 18th Street friends are closing the street this Saturday for a neighborhood party with great food and fun for all ages.  Best of all you can party while raising much-needed support for Nextcourse and other Mission neighborhood organizations.

Sunday August 29th • Honey Tasting • 7PM
What does the Glen Park neighborhood “taste” like? Is it different from the Mission? What flowers grow in the Sunset and how will the honey taste? Sample the “terrior” of neighborhoods  as gathered by bees. City Bees has bee hives all over town collecting nectar and making honey for the feeding of the young. Luckily, their hard work will result in honey with amazing  flavor and texture variations . Come find out what your neighborhood “tastes” like!

Unprocessed, raw, local honey is the healthiest kind.


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Your Weekend Guide

August 19-24th
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Featured Event:

Tuesday August 24th Ayurveda|Tea |Food • 7-9PM
Ayurveda is Sanskrit for “the knowledge of life or daily living.” It’s a lifestyle. Food is medicine as well as nourishment.  According to Ayurveda, every person is made up of five elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth. These elements combine to form the three Doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Discover your Dosha, sample Dosha-specific teas and foods, and meet other like-minded individuals. Samovar Zen Valley Tea Lounge

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The sun is finally shining, which means there is no excuse to stay indoors. Bump up your physical activity by walking, biking, or running. Crissy Field is a gorgeous and ideal flat surface to get Vitamin D and just hang out.

Thursday August 19th MATCHA: Drunken Dish • Ongoing
Shanghai is one of the most famous culinary regions in China. Its rich Yangtze Delta is a lush garden for vegetables and fruit, and its cuisine is assertively flavored, expressing a flair characteristic of the city itself. The museum has paired with the Asian Culinary Forum for a feature talk and cooking demonstration on Shanghai cuisine with CHEF NEI Chia Ji of the local celebrated restaurant Jai Yun and Martin Yan of Yan Can Cook.

Friday August 20th Swirl | Interactive Wine Experience | Dancing • 8PM
Welcome to the premier of SWIRL, the one and only interactive wine experience that blends together wine-tasting, story-telling, multimedia (8-10 pm), and Dancing (10 pm+)! We are bringing Sonoma Valley, Nicholson Ranch wines and owner, to San Francisco.

Sat-Mon August 21-23th Street Food Festival • 11-7PM
7 times the space, 4 times the vendors. Eat to your cart’s content San Francisco. Join La Cocina for the First Annual Street Food Conference, an exploration of food, policy and economics. Participants will engage in lively discussions about the creation of viable economic models that allow small-scale food entrepreneurs to bring the foods they love to the cities in which they live. Bring cash or buy a passport in advance to eat to your heart’s content. Details here.

Saturday August 21st Dinner and Jazz • 6-9PM
NaJe is an American jazz singer, songwriter, and recording artist. She sings soulful, sultry ballads and sweet jazz with a sound and style that is heavily influenced by jazz greats Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’ Day, and Julie London.

Saturday August 21st Flexitarian Foodraiser • 7-11PM
Celebrate the launch of The Flexitarian Cookbook at the beautiful and historic Meridian Gallery in Union Square. There will be music, art, drinks, foodie giftbags, and delicious food from the cookbook. The event is benefiting Slow Food USA and Yoga Bear.

Sunday August 22nd Grounded Dinners • PM
Starting Sunday, August 22, Chef Russell Jackson brings the style of underground dining he made popular in San Francisco to Lafitte with his new “Grounded Series.” Reservations are required and can be made by calling 415.839.2134

Monday August 23-29th SF Natural Wine Week • Ongoing


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The Weekender

August 12-15, 2010

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This is one of the biggest foodie weekends in San Francisco. Be sure to take public transportation as parking and traffic will be a nightmare. Getting a cab might even be difficult!

August 9-15thSF Chefs Week • Ongoing
The urban food, wine, and spirits festival will take place at the Grand Tasting Tent in Union Square, and participating restaurants around town will offer three-course “SF Chefs 2010 Showcase Menus,” highlighting the restaurant’s concept, menu, and signature dishes. Mingle with celebrity chefs at one or all of the many events. Schedule of events here. Use the discount code: Eater10 for 25% off of ticket price.

August 13-15thSausalito Film Festival • Ongoing

In the heart of an artist’s community, with the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco across the water, lies the ideal backdrop for a premiere film festival experience. In this town of characters and contradictions, an idea was born: A Sausalito Film Festival …Experience. Films that speak to our naturally rebellious nature, our creative soul, our passion for cultural understanding. Films of all lengths and genres are presented – features, shorts, animation, and documentaries from around the globe. Coupled with conversations and presentations that will stimulate, and provoke the senses.

Friday August 13thEat Pray Love Ongoing
Indulge in fine Italian food, learn about Indian culture, and fall in love with Indonesia.

August 14-15thOutside Lands • Ongoing
A full weekend of music, food, wine, and art throughout the Golden Gate Park. This is the biggest music+econista festival in San Francisco.

Saturday August 14thPull Mozzarella and Eat It Too Ongoing
Come spend an afternoon with chef Samin Nosrat for a delicious and demystifying hands-on cheese-pulling class. Put your mozzarella-making skills in practice and get ready for the arrival of tomato season!

Saturday August 14th Big Gay 10K • Ongoing
The Big Gay 10K is for everyone! Whether you identify as a big gay, a little straight or a medium bisexual – or anything in between – we welcome your participation in what promises to be a very unique San Francisco event. Runners in The Big Gay 10K will be helping to support the crucial work of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Fundraising is optional for all participants in this event but each dollar raised will help prevent new HIV infections and promote the health of those living with HIV/AIDS.

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Monday August 16th The Great Salsa Champion Chip • Ongoing

September is the perfect month for an outdoor Food War and it’s totally prime tomato, pepper, berry, and stonefruit season, so SF Food Wars asks you, San Francisco, to partake in a celebration of this fine city’s most awesomest salsa!!! Tickets are $16 and go on sale Monday at 12PM. Attendees will scoop salsa with tasty organic corn vessels donated by local chip experts Casa Sanchez and hydrate in between tastings with educational tap water from Food & Water Watch and complimentary liquid delights from Honest Tea. If you make a pretty good salsa, enter in the competition!

Thursday August 19th MATCHA: Drunken Dish • Ongoing

Shanghai is one of the most famous culinary regions in China. Its rich Yangtze Delta is a lush garden for vegetables and fruit, and its cuisine is assertively flavored, expressing a flair characteristic of the city itself. The museum has paired with the ASIAN CULINARY FORUM for a feature …talk and cooking demonstration on Shanghai cuisine with CHEF NEI Chia Ji of the local celebrated restaurant JAI YUN and MARTIN YAN of Yan Can Cook.

Saturday August 21-23th Street Food Festival • 11-7PM

7 times the space, 4 times the vendors. eat to your cart’s content San Francisco. Join La Cocina for the First Annual Street Food Conference, an exploration of food, policy and economics. Participants will engage in lively discussions about the creation of viable economic models that allow small-scale food entrepreneurs to bring the foods they love to the cities in which they live.

Saturday August 21th Dinner and Jazz • 6-9PM

NaJe is an American jazz singer, songwriter, and recording artist. She sings soulful, sultry ballads and sweet jazz with a sound and style that is heavily influenced by jazz greats Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’ Day, and Julie London.

Tuesday August 24th •Ayurveda, Tea, Food• 7-9PM

Learn about your Dosha, sample Dosha-specific teas and foods, and learn and meet other Ayurvedic fans.

The Weekender

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Fri-Sun August 6-8th SF Chic Fashion Week • Ongoing
Experience the world of Fashion in your very own city of San Francisco and make the most of it. A portion of the proceeds will be happily donated to benefit Until There’s a Cure® and will also help start a school which focuses on high-risk students, preparing them for success within the fashion industry (Mario B’s School of Fashion).

Friday August 6thCONNECTED • 8PM
From the tiniest microscopic blood cells to the vast expanses of the Earth’s oceans, everything in the world is connected. This show explores the myriad of connections between our bodies and our planet via photography, painting, design and multimedia installation. Featuring exciting new works by established and emerging San Francisco artists. Raffles and performances throughout the evening, as well as a silent auction for available pieces.

Friday August 6thFood Truck Congregation • 5-9PM
Music, great food, beer, wine, and amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island and Alcatraz?! “Off The Grid” is organizing this weekly cultural market. Participating food vendors include Peko Peko Catering, El Huarache Loco, Kung Fu Tacos, Azalina’s Malaysian, Hapa SF, Seoul On Wheels, Soul Cocina, Onigilly, Chairman Nao Truck, and many more. Get your grub on!

Friday August 6th Friday Nights at the de Young • 6-9PM
Friday Nights at the de Young offers a variety of interdisciplinary arts programs, including live music, poetry, films, dance, tours, and lectures. The cafe is open with a special Friday Nights dinner menu, and a no-host cocktail bar is serving drinks. There are art making activities for everyone. All Friday Night programming is FREE unless otherwise noted.

Saturday August 7thDirty Harry in Washington Park • 8PM
Austin’s famous beer-friendly movie theater, the Alamo Drafthouse, is rolling into San Francisco for a one-time screening of Dirty Harry in Washington Square Park. It’s all to commemorate one of the film’s original shooting locations—both guns and cameras. This show is a part of the The 2010 Rolling Roadshow Tour Signature Series.

Sunday August 8thSF Theater Festival • 11-5PM
An incredible group of theater artists will perform 135 shows in 15 venues all in just 6 hours!

Upcoming Events

August 9-15thSF Chefs Week • Ongoing
The urban food, wine, and spirits festival will take place at the Grand Tasting Tent in Union Square, and participating restaurants around town will offer three-course “SF Chefs 2010 Showcase Menus,” highlighting the restaurant’s concept, menu, and signature dishes (there will be $35 and $50 menus).

Thursday August 12thDon’t Worry Bout-A-Ting’ • Ongoing
Enjoy a evening of summer wine tasting and live music with Dreaded Truth that will transport you to Jamaica’s Beaches (or at least to the historic Officer’s Club at Fort Mason) to nibble on zesty bites while you gaze out over the San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz at sunset. As your worries melt away drinking Smart Energy Cocktails and Wine tasting has never been so relaxing.

Saturday August 14thPull Mozzarella and Eat It Too • Ongoing
Come spend an afternoon with chef Samin Nosrat for a delicious and demystifying hands-on cheese-pulling class. Put your mozzarella-making skills in practice and get ready for the arrival of tomato season!

Saturday August 14th Big Gay 10K• Ongoing• Ongoing
The Big Gay 10K is for everyone! Whether you identify as a big gay, a little straight or a medium bisexual – or anything in between – we welcome your participation in what promises to be a very unique San Francisco event. Runners in The Big Gay 10K will be helping to support the crucial work of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Fundraising is optional for all participants in this event but each dollar raised will help prevent new HIV infections and promote the health of those living with HIV/AIDS.

The Weekender July 30-Aug 1st

Ongoing • Relay For Life • 11AM
Join the race, help fundraise, or just kickback and have fun. Relay For Life SF Embarcadero will be held at Little Marina Green near Chrissy Field. This will be a full day with bands, food, fun, and – most of all – a celebration of the fight against cancer!

OngoingSunset Cruise • Ongoing
Embrace your inner tourist and go on a sunset cruise on the Bay, with your fleece and camera of course! The Red and White Fleet’s largest vessel, The Royal Prince, plays host for a two-hour journey with live guitar music, buffet appetizers, and a complimentary cocktail or soda.

July 26th-Aug 1st • Riesling Week • Ongoing
During the week of July 26-August 1, the European Union and Wines of Germany will sponsor the sixth annual “Riesling Week,” a celebration of the diverse Rieslings from Germany, Austria and Alsace. During this week, restaurants in New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago, and Miami will offer consumers and Riesling enthusiasts the chance to sample different styles of European Riesling by the glass, by the bottle, or with a special pairing menu. In addition, wine shops will host European Riesling tastings throughout the week.

Friday July 30th • Food Truck Congregation • 5-9PM

Live music, gourmet food, beer, wine, and amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island and Alcatraz?! “Off The Grid” is organizing this weekly cultural market. Participating food vendors include  El Huarache Loco, Kung Fu Tacos, Azalina’s Malaysian, Hapa SF, Curry Up Now, Chairman Bao Truck, and many more.  The slightly new location will better protect you from the wind and give you more space to stand in the lines Get your cultural grub on!

Saturday July 31st
A New Farmer’s Market • 9-1PM

The Cow Palace Farmers’ Market will provide the surrounding communities of Visitacion Valley and Bayshore with a source of fresh and locally grown produce. Come out to the Cow Palace at 2600 Geneva Ave., Gate 5, to enjoy a day of fun and delicious food!

Saturday July 31st Indonesian Day • 11-4PM

Celebrate the Indonesian culture with food, dance, and music. An uniquely San Francisco tradition, this event continues to be the biggest Indonesian event in the United States.

Sunday Aug 1st Outside Art Street Party • 11AM
An outdoor event for the whole family, Out Side Art is bringing together a talented group of artists and DJs to represent some of San Francisco’s most creative scenes. The primary artistic focus of this event will be a coordinated effort by local artists to complete a Mural started by the internationally renowned British artist BANKSY. The live mural painting will be complimented by music from an eclectic variety of San Francisco’s best DJs.

Sunday Aug 1st Yoga on the Pier • 11AM
Take in the fresh air as you move from asana to asana on Pier 39 this Sunday. Learn to quiet your mind and not be distracted by external factors as you strengthen and lengthen your body.

Sunday Aug 1st Foodie Anniversary Extravaganza • 11:30-2:30PM
Celebrate the 1 year anniversary of your favorite street carts; Adobo Hobo, Gumbo Man, and The Chai Cart! It will be big birthday bash with many more  your favorite street food vendors such as Chile Lindo, Lumpia Cart, and Mali Num Num so come ready to eat!