San Francisco Bay Area Food Events for the Weekend and Beyond

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Abbot's Cellar, San Francisco [Photograph: Wes Rowe]

Friday (July 26)

Tapas, Tasting, and Tunes at McGrail
Friday, July 26, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Have a relaxed summer tapas dinner along with wines from McGrail Vineyards. Top Secret Dance Band will be performing live, so bring your dancing shoes. $5 for club members, $10 for non-members. McGrail Vineyards and Winery, 5600 Greenville Road, Livermore, CA; 925-215-0171; event details; tickets

Chicken Six Ways Class
Friday, July 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The go-to dinner gets revamped with six new recipes for chicken. The class covers how to cook a whole chicken like a pro and make meals like yogurt-marinated roast chicken or buffalo-style roasted chicken legs. $130. San Francisco Cooking School, 690 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA; event details and tickets

Authentic Thai Cooking Class
Friday, July 26, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Try your hand at authentic Thai dishes like chicken wrapped in panda leaves and tom yum soup. $85. Mama Thai Cooking Club, 1558, 39th Avenue, San Francisco, CA; 415-572-3001; event details and tickets

Special Bites and Treats at Abbot's Cellar
Friday, July 26, 5:30 p.m. to close
As a celebration of its first birthday, Abbot's Cellar will treat guests to an amuse bouche of chef Adam Dulye's signature bone marrow on rye with pastrami and a round of special birthday cake truffles. The normal four-course tasting and à la carte menus will also be available. Abbot's Cellar, 742 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-626-8700; more info on Abbot's Cellar

Gilroy Garlic Festival
Friday, July 26-28, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Celebrate all things garlicky at this food festival, which attracts upwards of 100,000 garlic fans all weekend long. $17 for adults, $8 for children (ages 6-12). Christmas Hill Park, Gilroy, CA; event details; discount tickets

Saturday (July 27)

Ante Meridian Pop-Up
Saturday, July 27
Enjoy a casual high-end brunch at Ante Meridian, a pop-up by Anthony Yang, the sous chef at Michael Mina. Menu items include black truffle waffles, soft scrambled eggs and brioche doughnut holes. Dear Mom, 2700 16th Street, San Francisco, CA, 415-625-3362; event details

Cellar Sale at Abbot's Cellar
Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Over the years, Monk's Kettle and Abbot's Cellar have accumulated a wide variety of beers to age in cellars. With many of these beers at their peak, the two are now hosting a cellar sale of dozens of beers including 2002 Alaskan Smoked Porter and 2008 Stone Double Bastard. Abbot's Cellar, 742 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-626-8700; more info on Abbot's Cellar

East Bay Vintner's Alliance Urban Wine Xperience
Saturday, July 27, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Urban Wine Xperience features over 18 local wineries that will give attendees a diverse taste of different whites, reds, and rosés. Each winery will team up with a local restaurant or food purveyor to create dishes paired with their wines. $15 for designated drivers, $45 for advance purchase general admission. Jack London Pavillion, 98 Broadway, Oakland, CA; event details; tickets

SF Chefs Seasonal Cooking Demo: David Bazirgan
Saturday, July 27, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Esteemed chef David Bazirgan will give a cooking demo featuring seasonal produce from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. CUESA, 1 Ferry Building, Suite 50, San Francisco, CA; 415-291-3276; event details

Brew It Yourself: Beer Making At Home
Saturday, July 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you love your hops, check out this two-session "Brew It Yourself" class. Attendees will brew a 5 gallon batch of beer in the first class with two other people; in the second session, return to taste and bottle your beer, and leave with at least eight 22 oz. bottles of beer. $95. Workshop, 1798 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-874-9186; event details; tickets

St. Vincent Wheat Beer Tasting
Saturday, July 27, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
End the month of July with some fresh cold ones. St. Vincent is hosting a $12 tasting flight of four different wheat beers like "Sumac Summer Ale," a tart Belgian-style beer with hand-ground sumac and coriander, or "East Bayliner Weisse," a fermented Berlin-style sour wheat beer. St. Vincent, 1270 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-285-1200; event 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. Enjoy the view of the San Francisco skyline, live music, and food and drinks from the area's restaurants, wineries and open bars. $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; event details and tickets

Knife Skills Class
Saturday, July 27, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
To be a great cook, you need to know how to use your knives. Using repetitive knife exercises, train yourself to cut, slice and chop the right way. There's also an afternoon session if this time slot doesn't work for you. $60. San Francisco Cooking School, 690 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA; event details and tickets

The Meet Market
Saturday, July 27, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Held on the last Saturday of every month at Bluxome Street Winery, this indoor farmers market features local produce, artisanal goods, and locally made wares. Browse the endless 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. Free. Bluxome Street Winery, 53 Bluxome Street, San Francisco, CA; event details and tickets

Food Social BBQ Block Party
Saturday, July 27, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Hang out with both new and old friends at this BBQ block party where they will be slinging 18-hour smoked meats, sweet southern BBQ, fried catfish, mac and cheese and more. Plus, live entertainment from Del Hierro and their new summer line up. $5, includes a free beer while supplies last. The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland, CA; 510-214-3073; event details and tickets

Sunday (July 28)

Close to Home: Peas and Peppers on the Peninsula
Sunday, July 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tour two unique farms and learn about growing produce in the Bay Area and how to roast peppers. The first stop is Iacopi Farms and the next, Happy Quail Farms in Palo Alto. $25 including lunch. Meet at the Ferry Building by 8:40 a.m.; buses leave at 9 a.m. sharp. CUESA, 1 Ferry Building, Suite 50, San Francisco, CA; 415-291-3276; event details; tickets

Myriad Gastro Pub
Sunday, July 28, 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Myriad Gastro Pub—opening soon in San Francisco—is hosting a pop-up dinner open to the public with a menu of simply prepared, boldly flavored seasonal dishes. They will also be serving their full range of beer, wine, and cocktails as well as selling t-shirts and jars of pickled vegetables. Dear Mom, 2600 16th Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-625-3362; event details

Wild Food Walk
Sunday, July 28, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Explore the wild edibles abundant in the San Francisco park areas in this 2-hour class. $40. Location provided with ticket; event details; tickets

SF Chefs Food, Wine and Spirits Festival
Sunday, July 28 to August 4
Tastings, cooking demonstrations, parties and more will comprise this food, wine and spirits festival. Big chef names include Michael Mina and Tyler Florence to name a couple. Look below for events starting with "SF Chefs 2013" to find all the different events going on. Union Square, San Francisco, CA; event details; tickets

SF Chefs 2013: Masters of their Craft - Celebrating the Great Female Chefs and Sommeliers of San Francisco
Sunday, July 28, 5:30 p.m.
The city's most acclaimed chefs come together to cook a seven-course dinner paired with wines selected by the Bay Area's most skilled female sommeliers. 40% from each ticket sale will be donated to the non-profit, The Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund. $450. Prospect, 300 Spear Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-247-7770; event details; tickets

Fresh Fruit Desserts
Sunday, July 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Take advantage of the beautiful, ripe summer fruits available and make various desserts in this one-day workshop. Items on the menu include plum and fig gratin and chocolate cherry ice cream. $185. Tante Marie's Cooking School, 271 Francisco Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-788-6699; event details and tickets

Monday (July 29)

Rock & Brews Lobster and Craft Beer Pop-Up Dinner
Monday, July 29, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Munch on fresh lobster rolls, homemade kettle chips and coleslaw alongside Allagash White, a fruity Belgian wheat beer. In addition the lobster special, the restaurant will also offer its regular menu. $24.95. Rock & Brews, 143 Main Street, El Segundo, CA; 310-615-9890; more info on Rock & Brews

Convivial Table Dinner at Georges
Monday, July 29, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Celebrate sustainably sourced seafood and farmers market produce with a Convival Table dinner at George's. $60 for slow food dinner, $25 for wine pairing. Georges, 415 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA; event details; tickets

Bernal Cutlery with Chef Tia Harrison: Kid's Knife Skills
Monday, July 29, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Instructor Tia Harrison will teach young students basic knife skills, starting with knife safety and how to properly handle a knife to a simple, delicious lunch for the group. Each child will leave with a knife from Bernal Cutlery. $40 for 18 Reasons members, $50 for the general public. 18 Reasons, 3674 18th Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-568-2710; event details and tickets

Unsung: Elevating Vegetables in the Modern Home Kitchen
Monday, July 29, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Unsung emphasizes the neglected vegetables in the modern kitchen: pea shoots, fennel frond, cardoons, kohlrabi. Learn about which overlooked, affordable foods you should be eating at home. $55 for 18 Reasons members, $65 for the general public. 18 Reasons, 3674 18th Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-568-2710; event details and tickets

Tuesday (July 30)

Foodwise Tour
Tuesday, July 30, 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Market chef Elianna Friedman will teach students about the season's best produce and how to enjoy them at home. The tour will close with samples of a dish and a recipe to take home. CUESA, 1 Ferry Building, Suite 50, San Francisco, CA; 415-291-3276; event details

Kickin It With Condiments: Make Your Own Mustard
Tuesday, July 30, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Who needs generic mustard when you can make your own from scratch? Kelly McVicker of McVicker Pickles will guide students through the mustard-making process and will demonstrate different flavor combinations like honey-stout or basil-garlic. $38. Workshop, 1798 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-874-9186; event details; tickets

Chocolate 101
Tuesday, July 30, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For complete chocolate novices, this is an all-in-one introduction to chocolate. The course will introduce you to the different types of chocolates, their ingredients and the chocolate-making process, as well as give you a tour of the Dandelion Chocolate space. Dandelion Chocolate, 740 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA; event details; tickets

Chocolate Tasting
Tuesday, July 30, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Compare and contrast the many varieties of chocolate and try your hand at making chocolate truffles. Free. Parkside Branch Library, 1200 Taraval Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-355-5770; event details

Tasting Seminar with Pamela Busch: The New France
Tuesday, July 30, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
San Francisco Examiner wine columnist Pamela Busch will lead a French wine tasting and discussion, along with special guests like Raphael Knapp, proprietor of Return to Terroir. $40 for 18 Reasons members, $50 for the general public. 18 Reasons, 3674 18th Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-568-2710; event details and tickets

Wednesday (July 31)

DIY Mixology: Learn To Brew Ginger Beer
Wednesday, July 31, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Get ready to peel some ginger and get elbow deep in brewing your own batch of ginger beer. This class teaches you the process and lets you walk out with four 12-ounce bottles of ginger beer from your first batch as well as try samples from the class instructor and award-winning winemaker and brewer, Scott Mansfield. $42. Workshop, 1798 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-874-9186; event details; tickets

Tartine Afterhours: Crostini Extravaganza & Book Signing with Franny's
Wednesday, July 31, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Franny Stephens and Andrew Feinberg of Fanny's Brooklyn will be at Tartine Afterhours for a crostini and book signing party for the release of their cookbook, Franny's Simple Seasonal Italian. Tartine Bakery, 600 Guerrero Street, San Francisco, CA; event details; tickets

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Wednesday, July 31, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This film showing, accompanied by appetizers and drinks, will explore what goes into getting our fish from farm to table. A short discussion will follow the film. Local sustainable seafood bites will be provided by TwoXSea and prepared by Chef Michael Mauschbaugh of Sous Beurre Kitchen. $10 for 18 Reasons members, $12 for the general public. 18 Reasons, 3674 18th Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-568-2710; event details and tickets

Thursday (August 1)

Winemaker Night: An Educational Evening of Oak Flavors in Cabernet Sauvignon
Thursday, August 1, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Winemaker Mark Clarin will lead a Cabernet wine tasting that will include both barrel samplings and bottled wines. Learn the differences between American, French and Hungarian oak and how oaks from different countries affect wines. $45 for non-members, $35 for club members. McGrail Vineyards and Winery, 5600 Greenville Road, Livermore, CA; 925-215-0171; event details; tickets

Cuvée S&P Pinot Noir 2011 Release Event
Thursday, August 1, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Participate in the release of the new Cuvée S&P Pinot Noir 2011 only available at this event and also try a range of wines from Red Car tastings paired with appetizers by chef Adam Mali. $20. Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco, 40th Floor Sky Deck, 222 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-276-9888; event details; email mosfo-events@mohg.com for tickets

Italian Wine Producers with Oliver McCrum Wines
Thursday, August 1, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wine distributor and importer Oliver McCrum will bring several of their best Italian producers to pour wines from throughout the country. $20. Arlequin Wine Merchant, 384a Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-863-1104; event details

SF Chefs 2013: Pork and Incanto
Thursday, August 1, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Kick off SF Chefs weekend with a whole-hog cooking experience where chef Chris Cosentino teams up with the National Pork Board to provide unique small bites of all things pork. $40 for Visa signature, $50 for general admission. Incanto, 1550 Church Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-641-4500; event details; tickets

Friday (August 2)

Jack's Night Market
Friday, August 2, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
This evening market will feature goods, crafts, produce and other products from all around the Oakland region. Beer and wine sales will benefit the Sustainable Business Alliance and Oakland Grown. Jack London Square, 466 Water Street, Oakland, CA; 510-645-9292; event details

SF Chefs 2013: Rollin' with the Red Carpet - San Francisco Magazine's Best Chefs After Party
Friday, August 2, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
SF Chefs' opening night continues with music, cocktails and late night bites inspired by the chefs voted as the best by the newly established Academy. $52 for Visa signature, $65 for general admission. E&O Asian Kitchen, 314 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-683-0303; event details; tickets

Camp Cooking Book Signing
Friday, August 2, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy a Q&A and get a signed copy of Camp Cooking, a new cookbook by chef Charlie Palmer that highlights the joys of outdoor cooking and eating. Palmer is the owner of numerous acclaimed restaurants, including Aureole in New York and Las Vegas. Free. Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-282-4712; event details

Seasonal Summer Salads with Andrew & Francine of Brooklyn's Franny's
Friday, August 2, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This salad demonstration class includes a dinner discussion with a wine pairing and will leave each guest with a signed copy of FRANNY'S: Simple Seasonal Italian and recipes for three composed salads. $65 for 18 Reasons members, $75 for the general public. 18 Reasons, 3674 18th Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-568-2710; event details and tickets

SF Chefs 2013: 5th Anniversary Friday Night Opening Celebration
Friday, August 2, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
As SF Chefs celebrates its fifth anniversary, San Francisco's Union Square is transformed into a food lover's paradise with tastes from the city's top restaurants, handcrafted cocktails, wines and beers. To mark the anniversary, pastry chefs will go head to head in one big cake competition so come judge and decide which chef will take home the prize from Guittard Chocolate Company. $140 for Visa signature VIP, $112 Visa signature regular, $175 for general admission VIP, $140 general admission. $520 for Visa signature VIP weekend pass, $650 for weekend pass. Grand Tasting Tent, Union Square, San Francisco, CA; event details; tickets; weekend pass

Kimchi Gone Krazy: Kimchi Making & Kimchi Cocktails Date Night Edition
Friday, August 2, 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Learn about the history and nutritive benefits of kimchi and how to enjoy your pickled cabbage in some traditional and non-traditional ways. Kimchi cocktails, anyone? Participants will go home with a recipe and a jar of kimchi to ferment at home. $44. Workshop, 1798 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-874-9186; event details; tickets

Come to the Table: Best Chefs of the Year Roundtable
Saturday, August 3, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
San Francisco magazine celebrates its annual selection of the Best Chefs of the Year with a casual roundtable discussion with the editor-at-large, Sara Deseran, and the selected chefs. $35. Mandarin Oriental San Francisco, 222 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA; event details; tickets

Summer in Provence
Saturday, August 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Evoke a little of the south of France in your kitchen after learning how to make dishes like tomato tart with caramelized onions, anchovies and niçoise olives, and roasted leg of lamb with herb crust and roasted tomatoes, all menu items for this class. $195. Tante Marie's Cooking School, 271 Francisco Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-788-6699; event details and tickets

SF Chefs 2013: DIY Cocktail Mixers
Saturday, August 3, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Three San Francisco cocktail experts will share their tips for making cocktail ingredients at home—like flavored syrups and infused spirits— and demonstrate some of the drinks you can use them in. $35. Grand Hyatt San Francisco, 345 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-398-1234; event details; tickets

SF Chefs 2013: Destination Portugal
Saturday, August 3, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Sommelier Eugenio Jardim will lead students through a tasting of six wines exploring a range of Portuguese bottled wines paired with the right cuisine. $28 for Visa members, $35 for general admission. Grand Hyatt San Francisco, 345 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-398-1234; event details; tickets

Fruit Pie Contest
Saturday, August 3, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Try your hand at entering your best pie, crumble or whatever pie-inspired dessert you believe makes the best of this summer's fruit or simply participate in the tasting and judging. Free for entrants, $5 for tasters-only. Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez Street, San Francisco, CA; event details

Tango and Stache Pop-Up
August, 3, 11:30 a.m.
Enjoy southern porky delights at Tango and Stache's pop-up. Dear Mom, 2600 16th Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-625-3362; event details

SF Chefs 2013: Regional Devotion
Saturday, August 3, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Chefs Sean Brock and Michael Tusk will bring their unique regional culinary backgrounds, from the South and from San Francisco respectively, in this demo for cooking American lamb with Northern California ingredients. $40 for Visa signature, $50 for general admission. Sub Zero Wolf Demonstration Stage at The Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA; event details; tickets

SF Chefs: Blending Napa Valley Cabernets
Saturday, August 3, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Conn Creek brings their Barrel Blending Experience to SF Chefs for guests to taste four of the winery's Napa Valley Cabernets, their Cabernet Franc and their flagship Anthology blend. $28 for Visa signature, $35 for general admission. Grand Hyatt San Francisco, 345 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-398-1234; event details; tickets

Authentic Thai Cooking Class
Saturday, August 3, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Skip the delivery and learn how to cook real Thai dishes like spicy shrimp salad with lemon grass or tom yum soup with mackerel at home. $85. Mama Thai Cooking Club, 1558, 39th Avenue, San Francisco, CA; 415-572-3001; event details and tickets

SF Chefs 2013: The Editor's Panel - Inside the American Restaurant Scene
Saturday, August 3, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
If you've ever dreamed of being a food writer or editor, hear what it's really like to report on restaurants, cooking and the culture of food and beverage from a group of esteemed journalists and editors. $28 for Visa signature, $35 for general admission. Grand Hyatt San Francisco, 345 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-398-1234; event details; tickets

SF Chefs 2013: The Five Tastes - Bitter, Sour, Salty, Sweet and Umami
Saturday, August 3, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Spend your afternoon taking a culinary journey and exploring the five tastes. Premier wineries, brewers and spirits purveyors will serve a varied selection of drinks and culinary experts will cook on the demo stage with emcees Chef Ryan Scott and Thirsty Girl Leslie Sbrocco. $140 for Visa signature VIP, $112 Visa signature regular, $175 for general admission VIP, $140 general admission. $520 for Visa signature VIP weekend pass, $650 for weekend pass. Grand Tasting Tent, Union Square, San Francisco, CA; event details; tickets; weekend pass

SF Chefs 2013: Seven Percent Solution Tasting
Saturday, August 3, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Apparently, roughly 93% of Northern California Vineyard acreage is planted to eight major grape varietals while the remaining 7% acreage is home to numerous, lesser known varietals. This wine tasting will showcase five wineries who are embracing that 7% and creating some incredibly rare wines. $28 for Visa signature, $35 for general admission. Grand Hyatt San Francisco, 345 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-398-1234; event details; tickets

SF Chefs 2013: Decadence After Dark, The Menu is in the Music
Saturday, August 3, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Mix your two loves—food and music— in a night of wine, cocktails and culinary creations inspired by the chefs' favorite songs and bands. Dance into the night and swap favorite songs with the Bay Area's culinary elite. $140 for Visa signature VIP, $112 Visa signature regular, $175 for general admission VIP, $140 general admission. $520 for Visa signature VIP weekend pass, $650 for weekend pass. Grand Tasting Tent, Union Square, San Francisco, CA; event details; tickets; weekend pass

SF Chefs 2013: Late Night Luxury: The After Party
Saturday, August 3, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Not ready to head home after the SF Chefs tent closes? Go on a late night voyage with Celebrity Cruises and Washington State Wines to enjoy more food and drink against the music of Yacht Rock with Kj Glenny the Karaoke Shark. $52 for Visa signature, $65 for general admission. Advanced ticket purchase required. Bluestem Brasserie, 1 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, CA; 415-547-1111; event details; tickets

Summer Preserves
Saturday, August 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you're running out of ways to use up your summer produce, take this one-day workshop where Cortney Burns of Bar Tartine will guide you through the basics of safe canning and making your own jams and preserves. Not only will you learn to prepare preserves but you'll also learn how to use them beyond your ordinary toast and jam. On the menu: raspberry and rose jam, tarragon, carrot, ginger and cardamom marmalade and more. A light lunch and wine will also be served! $160. SF Cooking School, 690 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA; 415-346-2664; event details and tickets

Drills & Skills: Mastering the Chef's Knife
Saturday, August 3, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
It takes time to learn how to wield your knives like a real pro. Using repetition and practice, train yourself to cut, slice and chop the right way. There's also an afternoon session if this time slot doesn't work for you. $60. SF Cooking School, 690 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA; 415-346-2665; event details and tickets

Sunday (August 4)

Sneaky's BBQ Pop-Up
Sunday, August 4, 4 p.m.
If you're on the hunt for some authentic Carolina-style BBQ, head over to Sneaky's BBQ where they feature slow-smoked BBQ made with hormone and antibiotic-free meats. Vegetarians and vegans, rejoice! Sneaky's offers vegetarian and vegan options in addition to the classic pulled pork and brisket. Dear Mom, 2600 16th Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-625-3362; event details

Preserving the Fruits of Summer
Sunday, August 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Finish off the summer season by preserving summer fruits and filling your pantry with jars of brandied peaches with vanilla, tomato marmalade or strawberry preserves. $195. Tante Marie's Cooking School, 271 Francisco Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-788-6699; event details and tickets

Barrel Sampling Day at The Winery SF
Sunday, August 4, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Barrel-tasting sessions give guests the opportunity to taste wines in various stages of the aging process. $15. The Winery SF, 200 California Avenue, Building 180 North, San Francisco, CA; 415-735-8423; event details and registration

SF Chefs 2013: This is How I Roll - Indian, Afghan and Chinese Flatbreads
Sunday, August 4, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Fine Cooking contributor Thy Tran and chef Sharon Nahm will instruct students on how to select flours, oils and filings for breads like Indian roti to Chinese cong you bing. Learn how to roll up these different flatbreads and cook them perfectly. $28 for Visa members, $35 general admission. Williams-Sonoma, 340 Post Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-362-9450; event details; tickets

SF Chefs 2013: Blind Tasting with Top SF Sommeliers & You
Sunday, August 4, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Ever wondered how sommeliers ace those blind tastings? Well now you can learn how with guidance from Wine Spectator's Gwendolyn Osborn and three of SF's top sommeliers. As a group, you will blind taste through a line-up of six wines from different regions and grape varieties. $28 for Visa signature, $35 for general admission. Grand Hyatt San Francisco, 345 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-398-1234; event details; tickets

SF Chefs 2013: Brunch by the Bay
Sunday, August 4, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
If you're a fan of brunch, don't miss out on this unforgettable, lavish meal. From French pastry to dim sum, guests will enjoy a diverse culinary spread and morning cocktails, wines and local brews galore. Plus, olympian Brian Boitano and Foodie Chap's Liam Mayclem will emcee the demo stage where chefs like Martin Yan and Laura Cronin will share some tips. $140 for Visa signature VIP, $112 Visa signature regular, $175 for general admission VIP, $140 general admission. $520 for Visa signature VIP weekend pass, $650 for weekend pass. Grand Tasting Tent, Union Square, San Francisco, CA; event details; tickets; weekend pass

SF Chefs 2013: A Modern Pairing - A Contemporary Menu Paired with Distinct Belgian Beers
Sunday, August 4, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Stella Artois challenges chef Charles Phan to present a contemporary dish to pair with some of their most notable beers including Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Leffe Blonde and Leffe Brune. The tasting demonstration will begin with a Stella Artois Cidre toast! $40 for Visa signature, $50 for general admission. The Westin - St. Francis, 335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-397-0264; event details; tickets

Ethiopian Food Class
Sunday, August 4, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Author Fetlework Tefferi will teach students about the different spice blends used in Ethiopian food, buttery clarifying and seasoning and more. There will be several recipe samples for everyone to try. $60. Bruno Ethiopian Culinary Studio, 1960 Mandela Parkway, Oakland, CA; 510-601-7999; event details

Monday (August 5)

Soft Ripened: Cheesemaking 301
Monday, August 5, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Try your hand at experimenting with cheese cultures and rennet as the San Francisco Milk Maid, Louella Hill, teaches guests how to make a Coulommier-style soft ripened cheese. $60 for 18 Reasons members, $70 for the general public. 18 Reasons, 3674 18th Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-568-2710; event details and tickets

Tuesday (August 6)

Better with Bacon
Tuesday, August 6, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Bacon ain't just for breakfast anymore. From artisanal slab bacon to fresh pork belly, bacon lovers will get inspired by the variety of cuts and learn which flavor profiles work with this salty treat. Menu items include crispy Asian pork belly, bacon cheddar biscuits with maple butter and salted caramel pudding with bacon brittle. $130. SF Cooking School, 690 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA; 415-346-2665; event details and tickets

Wednesday (August 7)

Tap Turnover: Firestone Brewing
Wednesday, August 7, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Grab a slice and a flight and take a seat to hear from Firestone representatives making presentations about their beer and breweries. Free. DNA Lounge, 375 11th Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-626-1409; event details

Thursday (August 8)

2013 James Beard Award: The Bay Area's Big Winners
Thursday, August 8, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Participate in an exclusive discussion with the Bay Area awardees of the 2013 James Beard Award and get to join a reception with the winners before the panel with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. $15 general admission for members, $25 for non-members. Commonwealth Club of California, 585 Market Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-597-6700; event details and tickets

Authentic Thai Cooking Class
Thursday, August 8, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
No need to eat out to get your Thai fix. Attend this class to make curry paste from scratch, yellow curry beef rolls, garlic pepper chicken and pad thai. $85. Mama Thai Cooking Club, 1558, 39th Avenue, San Francisco, CA; 415-572-3001; event details and tickets

The 21st Century Pastry Chef
Thursday, August 8, 8 p.m.
Rack your culinary brains at SF Cooking School's upcoming Taste Talk. At this forum, they will discuss why and how San Francisco has blazed the trail for some of the country's best pastry chefs. Beginning with an open coffee and cookie bar, the evening will transition into a lively panel discussion of the topic. $20. SF Cooking School, 690 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA; 415-346-2664; event details and tickets

Friday (August 9)

Tapas, Tasting and Tunes at McGrail
Friday, August 9, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dinner from Posada Catering and wine with McGrail along with live music from Spill the Wine makes for a fun summer night. $5 for club members, $10 for non-members. McGrail Vineyards and Winery, 5600 Greenville Road, Livermore, CA; 925-215-0171; event details; tickets

Forlorn Hope Wine with Matthew Rorick
Thursday, August 8, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Winemaker and mastermind behind the infamous Forlorn Hope label, Matthew Rorick is coming to Arlequin Wine Merchant to pour his recent releases of European-influenced California blends. $20. Arlequin Wine Merchant, 384a Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA; event details

Late Shabbat Dinner
Friday, August 9, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
This young adult Shabbat dinner will feature a vegetarian meal with wine and dessert. $18 for Emanu-El members, $25 for non-members. Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-751-2535; event details; register here

Outside Lands Music Festival
Friday, August 9-11, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
This music festival goes way beyond just some good tunes, with 75 restaurant and mobile food vendors and dedicated areas for beer, wine and chocolate. Performances by Paul McCartney and Red Hot Chili Peppers will keep your ears as happy as your stomach. $545 for 3-day VIP ticket, $229.50 for Saturday VIP. Golden Gate Park, 501 Stanyan Street, San Francisco, CA; event details; tickets

San Francisco Street Food Festival and Night Market
Friday, August 9-18, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Before going out this weekend, head over to this Asian street food-inspired night market where you can pre-party with karaoke, Berlin-style ping-pong and even a pig roast in addition to tons of vendors. The next day, streets in the Mission will be blocked off for roaming carts, temporary cocktail bars and restaurant booths for guests to enjoy. Alemany Farmers Market, 100 Alemany Boulevard, Bernal Heights, San Francisco, CA; event details

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