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Friday, August 13, 2010

A Guide to Drinking (and Other Delights) at SFChefs This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 11:25 AM

click to enlarge Mixologist Neyah White (right) laying it down at last year's festival. - SFCHEFS.FOOD.WINE
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  • Mixologist Neyah White (right) laying it down at last year's festival.
SFChefs, San Francisco's sprawling, second annual restaurant-driven gastro-thon kicks off tonight under the tent in Union Square. Eating and drinking will begin in earnest following the official ribbon-cutting at 5:30 p.m., and won't let up all weekend, thanks to more local restaurants, wineries, and bars than we can list (or you probably want to read). To make planning easier, we put together a handy guide to cocktails and other ingestibles at SFChefs.

Fri., Aug. 13:

SFChefs 2010 Wine and Dine Opening Night Celebration: Hog in the Fog

When: 6-10 p.m.

Where: Union Square Tent

How much: $95

The skinny: Expect an A to Z list of bars, from 15 Romolo and Absinthe to Smuggler's Cove and Tommy's Mexican Restaurant.

Happy Ending with the Tablehopper

When: 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

Where: E&O Trading Co., 314 Sutter (at Grant)

How much: $35

The skinny: Hang out with Marcia Gagliardi (Tablehopper, natch) and enjoy cocktails from Josh Harris and Scott Baird (Bon Vivants), with Asian-inspired street food. The event benefits C.H.E.F.S. (Conquering Homelessness through Employment in Food Service). It's already sold out, so you'll need either tickets or incredible charm.

Sat., Aug. 14:

Agave, Tequila, and the Margarita Class

When: 10 a.m.-noon

Where: The Westin St. Francis Hotel, 335 Powell (at Geary)

How much: $20

The skinny: Presented by Eric Rubin, former bar manager of Tres Agaves Restaurant, with the Chronicle's Jon Bonné in the peanut gallery. Discussions on tequila production, tastings, and margarita making/drinking. For $20, a total steal.

The Evolution and Revolution of Gin

When: 10 a.m.-noon

Where: The Westin St. Francis Hotel, 335 Powell (at Geary)

How much: $20

The skinny: The duo of Simon Ford (Plymouth Gin) and Erick Castro (formerly of Rickhouse) will no doubt be entertaining, tasty, and educational. Includes a few cocktails, making this, too, a great deal.

Saturday Grand Tasting

When: Noon-4 p.m.

Where: Union Square Tent

How much: $125

The skinny: Hefty price, but includes cocktail classes with bar legend Tony Abou-Ganim at 1:20 p.m. at the main stage, and at 3 p.m. in the Visa classroom, along with small-batch bourbon tasting/education at 1:45 p.m. with David Mays. Both are very entertaining dudes. Bonus: food and drink from 30 restaurants and 30 wineries.

Top Chef Happy Hour

When: 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Where: XYZ Restaurant at the Hotel W, 181 Third St. (at Howard)

How much: $45

The skinny: If you really love the show, hang out with the chefs and watch them flail/make you cocktails and generally have a good time.

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