The artist formerly known as SF Chefs is back, and this time it’s bigger and better than ever, and even has a new name: EAT DRINK SF. They’ve also got a new location. Instead of taking over Union Square downtown, the bulk of the event has moved to Fort Mason, which allows for even more space for eating, drinking, and carousing with your favorite local chefs. The whole thing is taking over the fort from August 1st-3rd.
Of course, the main event is the Grand Tasting Pavilion. On Friday August 1st, it’s from 6:30pm-10pm, and the theme is “My Big Obsession.” On Saturday August 2nd, you can catch the fun in the afternoon from 12:30pm-4pm (theme: “Meet Your Mentor”), or in the evening from 7pm-10:30pm, with the theme “A Night of Classics.” Then, on Sunday August 3rd, the action runs from 12:30pm-4pm, and it’s all about “Made in SF.”
There are also lots of smaller events that you won’t want to miss, including some dinners, workshops, and demonstrations. On Saturday August 2nd at 10:30am, the tablehopper herself, Marcia Gagliardi, will be moderating the demo Up Close and Personal with Chef Fabio Viviani, where he’ll be sharing his stories and techniques, as well as showing the audience how to prepare an orecchiette pasta with pesto. You can also learn about noodles from the other side of the world on Sunday August 3rd at the Ramen Noodle (Work) Shop at 10:30am with Paul Piscopo and Thy Tran.
There are plenty of opportunities the focus on the “drink” part of the festival too. On Sunday August 3rd, catch “The Bloody Mary,” a workshop with Hangar 1 Vodka. You’ll learn all about the perfect Bloody Mary from local bartenders, and of course have the chance to taste a few versions of the brunchy beverage.
Oh, and there is also a special Industry Day on Friday August 1st from 9am-6pm. The day is specifically designed to encourage conversations between folks in the industry, with panels, workshops, and conversations (plus some networking opportunities too). Lunch will be provided.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, of course. For a full lineup of events, head here. Tickets start at $30 for single events, but lots of packages for more events and the pavilion tastings are also available. Times and locations vary per event, check out the website for all the details.
And here’s a special offer for tablehopper readers: receive 15 percent off all Lexus Grand Tasting events with the code TABLEHOPPER. Have fun! See you there.
The crowd at last year’s Eat Drink SF (then known as SF Chefs). Photo by Gamma Nine Photography via Facebook.
Friday Aug 1, 2014 – Sunday Aug 3, 2014 Fort Mason