Photo of cocktails from SF Chefs website.
Leading up to SF Chefs week in August, CUESA is presenting a series of ~PREVIEW TO SF CHEFS~ events this month at the Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmers Markets with host Liam Mayclem (Eye on the Bay on CBS5 and Foodie Chap on KCBS). The first preview event is the Family Pasta Making class on Saturday July 9th (2pm-4pm), where Nigel Walker of Eatwell Farms will demonstrate wheat grinding, and chefs Charles Phan (Slanted Door) and Anthony Strong (Locanda) will show participants how to make fresh Italian pasta and Asian noodles. This is a family-friendly class open to all ages, and participants will be using market-fresh eggs and produce. $30 adults; $15 kids 12 and under.
On Saturday July 16th, it’s time to taste peaches at their summery best at the Peachy Keen! event (2pm-4pm). Meet a peach farmer, learn what makes a peach taste the way it does, toast with some Bellinis, and watch Luis Villavelazquez (Les Elements, formerly of Orson, Citizen Cake, and Absinthe) and William Werner (Tell Tale Preserve Company) demonstrate peachy pastries. Between these two pastry chefs, I’d bet on some good-looking, tasty treats. $30.
And on Saturday July 23rd, attend the Salumi event to learn how to put together a fine platter of these Italian-style cured meats with the right type of beverage pairings. Chefs (and salumi experts) Staffan Terje (Perbacco and Barbacco) and Paul Canales (formerly of Oliveto) will guide participants through the class, which will feature house-cured salumi from each chef, as well as local beers. 2pm-4pm, $30.
Some preview events have already sold out—get tickets online here. You know what else is already starting to sell out? SF Chefs itself, so while you’re on the tickets page, you might wanna order tix for the Grand Tasting and other events that are all part of the week-long celebration of all the best of Northern California’s food, wine, and spirits. The SF Chefs festival takes place August 1st-August 7th in Union Square, with additional classes, demonstrations, seminars, and industry-only events at participating restaurants and The Westin St. Francis Hotel.
Under the Grand Tasting Tent (August 5th-August 7th), over 100 Bay Area chefs and restaurants—including Matthew Accarrino of SPQR, Gary Danko of Restaurant Gary Danko, Elizabeth Falkner of Citizen Cake, Tyler Florence of Wayfare Tavern, Emily Luchetti of Farallon and Waterbar, Craig Stoll of Delfina, Joanne Weir, and Martin Yan—will provide the best bites of the season, accompanied by specialty cocktails mixed with fresh, local ingredients, and wine tastings from local and international wineries. And yours truly will also be leading a panel, stand by! Check out the website for more info. Ticket prices range from $25-$150.
Saturday Jul 9, 2011
– Saturday Jul 23, 2011
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Ferry Building, San Francisco