If yesterday’s weather was any indication, summertime is soon to be in full effect, and summer is the perfect time for barbecue. These upcoming meaty events should fit the bill perfectly, whether you’re in the city, the East Bay, or the 707.
Cue the ‘cue on Saturday June 30th for High on the Hog at ~EPIC ROASTHOUSE~. The alfresco patio will serve as the stage; the bay views, the backdrop for an afternoon of wine tasting, barbecue, and live music from locals Joey Altman and the Soul Peppers. Executive chef Jan Birnbaum will be serving slow-roasted fennel porchetta, maple-roasted pork legs, roasted Manila clams with pork jowl and white beans, molasses-honey-roasted pork spare ribs, and homemade maple ice cream cones with bacon brittle. Meaty indeed. The menu will play opposite pinot noirs from Freeman, Flowers, Calera, Cobb, Miura, Kutch, Goldeneye, Freestone, and more. 1pm-4pm. $75 (includes tax and gratuity).
‘Cue for a cause at the second annual Bay Area BBQ Championship (BABC) and fundraising event for Alternative Family Services on Saturday July 7th at 10am at the Oakland Coliseum. Amongst the many activities, attendees get to enjoy barbecue samples from world-class pro-am teams, a BBQ & Beer Pairing Tent, and live music and entertainment. Special guests include SF-based chefs Scott Youkilis and Hoss Zaré, “Dr. BBQ” Ray Lampe, and author and food blogger Amy Sherman. General admission tickets are $33/adult and $12/child and include BABC access, five tasting tickets, and an A’s vs. Mariners game ticket. VIP tickets, $78/adult and $41/child 14 and under, also include entrance to the special Blues, Brew & BBQ preview party on Friday July 6th, 2pm-4pm at the Coliseum. All proceeds from the event benefit Northern California foster children, youth, and families served by Alternative Family Services. 7000 Coliseum Way at 66th Ave., Oakland.
‘Cue up for the Wine Country BIG Q in Santa Rosa on Saturday July 14th, 1pm-5pm. Billed as Sonoma County’s only national barbecue competition, the event will have West Coast pitmasters competing for cash and prizes and for your vote in the People’s Choice Award. You should also check out the Winery Big Beef Challenge, where Sonoma County wineries will pair their wines with barbecue, and the Firehouse Bold Bean Challenge (hot firemen, anyone?). Your ticket includes a pound of award-winning barbecue, wine tasting, live entertainment from PETE [stringfellow], and giveaways. $45/adult, $20/youth. Wine Country Big Q is a benefit for the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County. Sonoma Academy, 2500 Farmers Ln. off of Kawana Springs Rd., Santa Rosa.
Saturday Jun 30, 2012 – Saturday Jul 14, 2012