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San Francisco Bay Area Food and Drink Events for the Weekend and Beyond
Wednesday (June 26)
Smoke and Pickles Book Signing
Wednesday, June 26, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Chef Edward Lee comes to Omnivore Books to share his Korean-influenced take on Southern food. Be sure to get your book signed too! Free. Omnivore Books on Food, 3885 Cesar Chavez Street, San Francisco, CA, 415-282-4712; event details
Tequila Whisperer Master Series Dinner
Wednesday, June 26, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
La Condesa Napa Valley welcomes Master Distiller Adolfo Murillo of Tequila Alquimia, and the Tequila Whisperer, Tequilero Michael "Lippy" Lipman, for a master series dinner. Murillo will offer insights about the production of his tequila and share Alquimia Blanco, Alquimia Reposado, and Alquimia Anejo with guests, paired with a three-course dinner prepared by La Condesa's executive chef. $55. La Condesa Napa Valley, 1320 Main Street, St. Helena, CA; event details
DIY Mixology: Learn to Make Wine from a Kit
Wednesday, June 26, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
So you can't quite commit to leaving your job and buying that vineyard, but you're still wooed by the wonders of winemaking? Join wine-maker and brewer Scott Mansfield to learn the process of making your own vino from a kit. You'll leave with two bottles of homemade Merlot and the skills to try your hand at winemaking at home. $42. Workshop, 1798 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA, 415-874-9186; tickets and event details
Beer and Dinner Pairing at Hutch Bar & Kitchen
Wednesday, June 26, 5 p.m. for reception course; Dinner 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Kick off the first of a monthly dinner and booze pairing series at Oakland's Hutch Bar with the restaurant's collaboration dinner with North Coast Brewing. A representative from the brewery will host the five-course meal, which will be paired with their beer. Seating is limited, call for reservations. $60. Hutch Bar & Kitchen, 2022 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA, 510-419-0622; more information about Hutch Bar & Kitchen
Real Men Drink Pink Wine
Wednesday, July 31, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Welcome the start of summer with a refreshing rosé wine tasting with Debbie Zachareas of Ferry Plaza Wine Merchent. $25, no reservations necessary. All of the wines for this event will be on sale that night at a 15% discount for those attending. Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, One Ferry Building, Shop 23, San Francisco, CA; event details
Thursday (June 27)
Rowan Jacobsen at Waterbar
Thursday, June 27, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Oyster authority and author of the Geography of Oysters Rowan Jacobsen will be at Waterbar to talk about the wonders of oysters. Learn about how oysters grow, how to shuck them without losing a finger, and how to pair them with beer and wine, all accompanied by Waterbar's Happy Hour. Waterbar, 399 Embarcadero Drive, San Francisco, CA, 415-284-9922; more information about Waterbar
Flour, Too Book Signing
Thursday, June 27, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Joanne Chang of Boston's Flour Bakery shares her favorite recipes for easy, at-home eating and entertaining. Free. Omnivore Books on Food, 3885 Cesar Chavez Street, San Francisco, CA, 415-282-4712; event details
"Balls Deep" Dinner at Mr. Pollo to Celebrate Pride
Thursday, June 27, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Chef Jonny Becklund is celebrating San Francisco Pride with a special "Balls Deep" four-course testicle dinner at Mr. Pollo. There are two seatings for this ballsy meal: one at 6 p.m. and another at 8 p.m. Call for reservations. $35. Mr. Pollo, 2823 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, 860-912-9168; more details
San Francisco Magazine's Best of the Bay Area Party 2013
Thursday, June 27, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
San Francisco magazine is hosting a Best of the Bay Area Party for the launch of their "Best of the Bay Area" July issue. Food from The Corner Store, Emmy's Spaghetti, Presidio Social Club, Tacolicious, The Burritt Room, Calistoga Ranch, and more, plus 12 open bars and wine from local wineries. $175 for advance VIP tickets, $200 at door, $100 for advance main event tickets, $125 at door, $149 for elevated tickets. City View at Metreon, 135 4th Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA; tickets and event details
Friday (June 28)
Pairingpalooza: Summer's Favorite Cheese Pairings
Friday, June 28, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Instructor Lynne Devereux will introduce you to her favorite summer cheese pairings to go along with summer produce. $69. The Cheese School of San Francisco, 2155 Powell Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA; tickets and event details
Hot Wes Burger Pop-Up
Friday, June 28, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Start your all-American summer at this pop-up dinner at Workshop, featuring root beer floats, beers, cocktails and the Hot Wes Burger (champion of the Burger Brawl last month), a take on the Hot Mess Burger made by our very own Wes Rowe. They'll be playing the film Hot Rod on a projector, cornhole on the sidewalk, and plenty of Tom Petty & Aerosmith. Bring cash for burgers and refreshments. Workshop, 1798 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA, 415-874-9186; event details
Diablo Grill Pop-Up at Firehouse 8
Fridays, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Diablo Grill will sling dishes like lamb adobada and braised pork tacos at their weekly Friday pop-up dinner at Firehouse 8 in Russian Hill. Check out their Facebook here for a sneak peek of the dinner menu. Firehouse 8, 1648 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA; more details
Saturday (June 29)
Rice Paper Scissors Brunch at Dear Mom
Saturday, June 29, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Score a little breakfast banh mi, bun cha, puff pastry filled with Bo Kho, and more at this popup brunch in the Mission. (There are vegetarian options too!) Wash it down with a smoked plum tea sparkler or iced Vietnamese coffee. Dear Mom, 2700 16th Street, San Francisco, CA; event details
The Meet Market
Saturday, June 29, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Held on the last Saturday of every month at Bluxome Street Winery, this indoor market features local produce and locally made foods, plus screen printed kitchen linens and local flowers. Browse the options while enjoying a glass of Bluxome's Pinot Noir and trying samples of deviled ham, summer salads, chocolates and truffles made by various chefs, stores, and farms. Bluxome Street Winery, 53 Bluxome Street, San Francisco, CA; tickets and event details
California Beer Festival
Saturday, June 29, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The California Beer Festival brings over 70 craft brews on tap, live entertainment, and a barbecue cook-off to Marin County. $65 for VIP tickets, $40 for standard. Stafford Lake Park, Novato, CA; tickets and event details
5th Annual High on the Hog: Swing, Swirl & Swine
Saturday, June 29, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
For pork and wine lovers, here's an opportunity to fill up on both at EPIC Roasthouse's bayside patio party. There will be live music, wine, and a menu that includes slow-roasted fennel porchetta and homemade maple ice cream cones with bacon brittle. $65. Epic Roadhouse, 369 Embarcadero Drive, San Francisco, CA, 415-369-9955; tickets and event details
Perfumology of Mixology
Saturday, June 29, 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Learn about the range of premium local and international gins, paired with some of the most exclusive scents on the market. Held on the 40th floor of the Sky Deck at the Mandarin Oriental. Mandarin Oriental, 222 Sansome Street, 40th Floor, San Francisco, CA; tickets and event details
Sunday (June 30)
Introduction to Homebrewing: Summer Beers
Sunday, June 30, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you're a beer aficionado, try home-brewing a batch with this hands-on workshop that lets you bring home all the bubbly all-grain beer you will make. Novices welcome! $90. Walrus, 470 49th Street, Oakland, CA; tickets and event details
Lorin Station Crop Swap
Sundays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Celebrate local food by bringing your homegrown garden produce to the Lorin Station Weekly Crop Swap every Sunday to trade for backyard produce grown by others. Free. Lorin Station Plaza, 3253 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA; more details
Cottage Law 101
Sunday, June 30, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
If you've ever even briefly entertained the idea of starting a food business, this class is for you. Learn all about Cottage Law—what is and isn't allowed—and get educated about starting a food business. $50, or $30 if you bring a dish to share. SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA; tickets and event details
Sunday Farm Supper Series' One-Year Anniversary at A16
Sunday, June 30, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Join A16 in celebrating the one-year anniversary dinner of its Sunday Farm Supper series. The restaurant is inviting back Dirty Girl Produce, the certified organic family farm with whom A16 hosted its inaugural supper back in June 2012. Call or book online for reservations. A16, 2355 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA, 415-771-2216; more information about A16
Monday (July 1)
Tastemakers: Simple Sauces
Monday, July 1, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sauces are an easy way to spice up what might be a simple, mundane meal. In this two-hour class, instructor Michelle McKenzie teaches you how to make five basic sauces and condiments. Getting these under your belt will elevate your home cooking and diversify your dinner repertoire. $30 for 18 Reasons members, $40 for the general public. 18 Reasons, 3674 18th Street, San Francisco, CA; tickets and event details
Thursday (July 4)
Official America's Cup Sports Bar
From Thursday, July 4, 11 a.m.
Chefs Eric Rubin and Karl Hasz have teamed up with America's Cup to create the world's largest pop-up bar, featuring drinks designed by Scott Beattie. Pier 27, Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA; more details
Saturday (July 6)
SF Chefs Preview Series: Herbs with Omri Aflalo
Saturday, July 6, 11 a.m.
SF Chefs partners with CUESA to bring you an aromatic preview series that puts herbs front and center. Bourbon Steak's Omri Aflalo will showcase a variety of infused oils and marinades for steaks in his demo. Free. Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, 1 Sausalito- San Francisco Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA; event details
Supper Club with Chef Val Cantu of Californios
Saturday, July 6, 6 p.m. or 9 p.m.
If you're obsessed with the latest culinary trends, this seven-course dinner by Chef Val M. Cantu, of Californios, is right up your alley. The menu promises to glimpse into the future of Mexican cuisine. $97. Naked Kitchen, 945 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA; tickets and event details
Tuesday (July 9)
Basic Knife Skills
Tuesday, July 9, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Hone your knife skills in a two-hour class with instructor John Lee. You will learn the basics of knife safety, care, and use. Make sure to bring your own knife, apron, and peeler with you to class. $25 for 18 Reasons members, $35 for the general public. 18 Reasons, 3674 18th Street, San Francisco, CA; tickets and event details
Wednesday (July 10)
BUILD Pizzeria Roma Hosts a Speakeasy Brewery 'Meet the Brewer' Event
Wednesday, July 10, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
A representative from Speakeasy Brewery will be on hand at Build Pizzeria Roma to explain how to pair beer and pizza. BUILD Pizzeria Roma, 2286 Shattuck Avenue, Berkely, CA; more info about BUILD Pizzeria Roma
Thursday (July 11)
Everyday Whole Grains Workshop
Thursday, July 11, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Ever wonder about the difference between quinoa and farro? This hands-on class will teach you about the variety of whole grains available at markets and how to prepare them in dishes like Turkish red lentil and bulgur soup. $130. San Francisco Cooking School, 690 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA; tickets and event details
Friday (July 12)
Bastille Day Celebration at RN74
Friday, July 12, 4:30 until close
Restaurant RN74 will celebrate the roots of its cuisine by paying homage to the French national Independence Day. The event will feature a special $7 menu by new executive chef Adam Sobel, including pressed sandwiches and moules frites. Anyone who comes in costume will receive one free drink ticket for a special Bastille Day cocktail. RN74, 301 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, 415-543-7474; tickets and details
Sunday (July 14)
DIY Desserts: Artisan Caramels
Sunday, July 14, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Master the candy-making process and learn how to make homemade caramels with instructor Emily Guzzardi. Guzzardi will offer a discussion on the science of cooking sugar, and give tips on how to make your caramels a success. Purchase tickets online. $44. Workshop, 1798 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA; tickets and event details
Tuesday (July 16)
Cake Decorating Workshop
Tuesday to Thursday, July 16-18, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Learn how to bake beautiful cakes in different shapes and sizes, and decorate them with icing, filling, fine decorations and finishes. This three-session introductory workshop will make you a cake decorating expert. $360. San Francisco Cooking School, 690 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA; tickets and event details
Kermit Lynch Dinner Series at Range Restaurant
Tuesday, July 16
Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant will be hosting a dinner series in collaboration with Range restaurant where they will pair four-course prix fixe tasting menus with wines from Kermit Lynch's most iconic producers. The first dinner highlights Champagne J. Lassalle, rosé from Domaine Tempier, Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge from Domaine Clape, and Sauternes from Château Roûmieu-Lacoste. Space is limited, call for reservations. $100. Range, 842 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA, 415-282-8283; event details
Saturday (July 20)
Pizzeria Pizza at Home
Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This hands-on workshop will help you learn to make Neapolitan style pizza dough, raw and cooked pizza sauces, toppings, and more. San Francisco Cooking School, 690 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA; tickets and event details
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