West Coast Events for February and Beyond


Learn how to make your own latte art this month in San Francisco. [Photograph: Alice Gao]

West Coasters rejoice! From classes in latte art and pickling to tasting events and brewery tours, we've rounded up an action-packed selection of upcoming food and drink experiences in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle.

San Francisco

Friday, February 14

3rd Annual ARTE Y TAPAS Valentine's Day at Neck of the Woods
Friday, February 14, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. This Valentine's Day marks the 3rd anniversary of the ARTE Y TAPAS performance series, which has played host to a wide variety of international artists, entertainers, and chefs. To mark the occasion, they're putting together an evening of live music by Whitney Myer, art by Artillery AG's Alexa Treviño and Ivan Lopez, and a special New Orleans-inpspired menu by Lovage Cooking with complimentary wine, beer, and sangria. $40. 406 Clement St., San Francisco, CA; event details.

Saturday, February 22

Latte Art 101 Workshop by DRIP'D Coffee Lab
Saturday, February 22, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Learn the basics of creating stunning latte art at this introductory workshop led by the staff of DRIP'D Coffee Lab. Attendees are encouraged to bring their cameras and take photos as shapes such as the heart, rosetta, and tulip are demonstrated. $32.
1352A 9th Ave., San Francisco, CA; event details.

Monday, February 24

Michael Mina and Michael Chiarello: Giants of California Cuisine
Monday, February 24, 6:30 p.m. Michael Mina and Michael Chiarello are two distinguished but stylistically different Bay Area chefs united by a shared commitment to regional sourcing and promoting sustainable farming practices. The Commonwealth Club of California brings them together for this event, in which up-and-coming chef Evan Rich will lead a discussion about their passions and inspirations. A multi-course meal will follow. $25 for club members, $35 for non-members. The Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., San Francisco, CA; event details.

Tuesday, February 25


Cowgirl Creamery's Pierce Point [Photograph: Cowgirl Creamery]

Cowgirl Creamery: A Conversation and Cheese Tasting
Tuesday, February 25, 7 p.m. Renowned cheese makers Sue Conley and Peggy Smith of Cowgirl Creamery will discuss their craft with milk purveyor Albert Straus of Straus Family Creamery and Margo True, food editor at Sunset magazine. In the spirit of their recently released book, Cowgirl Creamery Cooks, they will also be leading a tasting of specialty cheeses. $40. The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, Kanbar Hall, 3200 California St., San Francisco, CA; event details.

Saturday, March 1

TEDxManhattan Viewing Party: Changing the Way We Eat
Saturday, March1, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year's New York TED event is organized around the theme of promoting sustainable agriculture and food practices. It will feature talks by a number of movers and shakers in the world of food activism. CUESA and Slow Food San Francisco are hosting a live viewing party at the Ferry Building, with opportunities to meet others committed to improving local and global food systems. Free with RSVP. Port Commission Hearing Room, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA; event details.

Wednesday, March 5

Ellen's Kimchi Workshop at Sports Basement
Wednesday, March 5, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Ellen of Ellen's Kimchi first learned to make kimchi as a child by following her Korean grandmother's family recipe. Today, she continues the tradition by making several varieties with local organic produce. Join her as she shares her knowledge and demonstrates the steps for producing your own spicy pickles at home. Free with RSVP.1590 Bryant St., San Francisco, CA; event details.

Los Angeles

Sunday, February 16

ARTBITES: The History of Chocolate
Sunday, February 16, 12 p.m. Chef and educator Maite Gomez-Rejon leads this lesson on the history of chocolate from the ancient Mayans to the European aristocracy. The journey will start out at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art before heading to Loteria Grill for a three course Mexican meal complete with hot chocolate and churros. $80.5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA; event details.

Sunday, February 23

Cheesemaking Workshop with Hipcooks
Sunday, February 23, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Learn how to make fresh cheeses such as ricotta, mascarpone, and mozzarella at this workshop. Before you leave, you'll have the chance to sample all of the delicious dairy you've just produced. $65.2833 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA; event details.

International Food & Wine Festival 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Herzog Wine Cellars presents this grand celebration of global wines and fine cuisine. More than 250 wines will be represented by some of the producers behind them. Chefs from Tierra Sur will also be on hand to prepare their signature modern American cuisine. $125. Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA; event details.

Thursday, March 6

Step 6: Tighten as You Roll

[Photographs: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Sushi Rolling Class at Katsuya Glendale
Thursday, March 6, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Make your own maki at this class with the chefs from Katsuya Glendale. You'll have the chance to taste beer and sake as you learn the steps for creating perfect sushi rolls. $39. 702 Americana Way, Glendale, CA; event details.

Saturday, March 8

The Rise, Decline, and Rise of Food Preservation
Saturday, March 8, 10:30 a.m. Chef, historian, and educator Ernest Miller will discuss the history of food preservation practices, the changes brought about by refrigeration, and the recent resurgence of interest in traditional preservation methods at this lecture hosted by the Culinary Historians of Southern California. Free. Los Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA; event details.


Saturday, February 15

Zwickelmania Oregon Brewery Tour
Saturday, February 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Breweries across Oregon will be opening their doors to the public for this annual event, offering free tours, beer samples, and chances to meet the brewers. Shuttle buses will be available to transport participants in Portland, Eugene, and Salem. Check out the website for schedules, routes, and a list of participating breweries. Free. Multiple locations; event details.

Saturday, February 22

Serve with Crackers

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

8th Annual Chowder Challenge at Lompoc's Fifth Quadrant
Saturday, February 22, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Twelve local brewpubs and restaurants will compete in this blind tasting event to determine who serves up the best New England-style clam chowder. In addition to a plethora of soup samples, there will be a beer garden, raffle, and area for kids' entertainment. Free to attend, $10 to taste.3901 N. Williams Ave., Portland, OR; event details.

Tuesday, February 25

Tart Fruit Fest Extravaganza at Cascade Brewing Barrel House
Tuesday, February 25, 6 p.m. Cascade Brewing will mark the start of their weeklong celebration of tart and sour beers with a live barrel tapping at their Buckman brew pub. Among the featured brews are Cascade's playfully named Shrieking Violet and Rum Vlad the Imp Aler. Menu prices apply. 939 SE Belmont Street, Portland, OR; event details.

Sunday, March 2

Wilamette Week Presents Cartathlon IV
Sunday, March 2, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Make sure to register by February 27th for the chance to compete in this scavenger hunt spread out amongst Portland's most beloved food carts. Grand prize winners will receive free food cart privileges for a whole year. $60 for a team of five. 2220 NW Quimby Street, Portland, OR; event details.


Saturday, February 22

AOPC presents A Dominican Feast
Saturday, February 22, 7:30 p.m. AOPC is known for their series of guest chef dinners at Juicebox in Capitol Hill. This time around, they've invited Manuel Alfau of La Bodega, who will be serving a family-style meal including Dominican specialties such as yuca empanadas. $90. 1517 12th Ave., Seattle, WA; event details.

Sunday, February 23

The Seattle Wine and Food Experience 2014
Sunday, February 23, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This large annual gathering offers the chance to sample and learn more about some of the best and latest culinary offerings in the Northwest. Check out the event website for a list of the many chefs, food and beverage producers, and other industry professionals who will be on hand to share their craft. $55. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 300 Mercer St., Seattle, WA; event details.

Monday, February 24

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Monday, February 24, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Seattle Chefs Collaborative hosts this annual event that connects local independent food producers with the chefs, buyers, and distributors who want to work with them. Members of the public are also welcome and invited to connect with the many industry leaders who will be present. There will be panels and discussions throughout the day and chances to sample plenty of unique and locally-sourced foods. $80. Seattle Culinary Academy at Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway, Seattle, WA; event details.

Wednesday, February 26

Buttercream Basics with Jennifer Shea
Wednesday, February 26, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Straight off of her national book tour, Jennifer Shea of Trophy Cupcakes returns home to lead this class where she will share her tips for whipping up stellar buttercream and decorating cupcakes. Guests will get to make and take home four cupcakes in a signature Trophy box. $75.1815 N. 45th St., Seattle, WA; event details.