Eat Drink SF (formerly known as SF Chefs) is occupying Fort Mason Center and Westin St. Francis with a variety of culinary classes, demos and tastings and drinks this week featuring big names in the restaurant and mixology scene.
Ticket prices start at $30 and climb all the way up to $325, but they are undoubtedly worth the splurge for discerning foodies, and several events are already sold out.
Five highlights to look out for with tickets still available:
July 31: Bar Crawl through the Chronicle’s Top 100
6pm to 8pm at Westin St. Francis, $60
This is a more decadent, grown-up version of an average weekend bar crawl—and no actual crawling, or walking, is needed. Held at the luxurious Westin St. Francis, this tasting and drinking event does a good job at rounding out cocktail hits in San Francisco and Oakland from Hopscotch, Bar Agricole and Range, to name a few.
August 2: Up Close and Personal with Fabio Viviani
10:30am to 12pm. at Fort Mason Center, $50
Fabiani, the authentic Italian name behind the kitchens of Firenze Osteria, Café Firenze and Siena Tavern, is a trusted source when it comes to pesto and pasta. At the workshop, the chef will demonstrate some of his secrets and share anecdotes about Italian cuisine.
August 2: A Night of Classics, Bay Area Originals
7pm at Fort Mason Festival Center, $125
Despite the high-end pricing, this evening of classic dishes is worth the budget and serves as an efficient introduction to the Bay Area’s leading restaurants. Hot spots like Cavalier and well-loved modern classics like Marlowe will serve their signature dishes with unique cocktails and wines.
August 3: The Ramen Noodle Work(shop)
10:30am to 12pm at Fort Mason Center, $40
This fun workshop, featuring Paul Piscopo of Pabu and The Ramen Bar and Thy Tran of Wandering Spoon, shares tips on how to make delicious, homemade ramen. Focusing on ramen noodles and broth, the workshop includes tastings and important skills, plus two very friendly chefs. It is also one of the more affordable options, but that’s just a bonus.
August 3: Made in SF: Celebrating the Bay Area’s Tastemakers
1:15pm at Fort Mason Center, $75
Dining Around host Joel Riddell and Brown Sugar Kitchen Chef Tanya Holland are this event’s key names. Unlike other festival offerings, this one simply sounds like a fun mingling party—it is the closing event, so expectations are high. The VIP lounge tempts with tastings from The Girl and the Fig and Portuguese wines, but general admission tickets also have a lot to offer—bites from more than 20 local restaurants and drinks from all over the world. Glide Ensemble and the Change Band will also perform at this event.