San Francisco is known the world over as a destination for foodies. We're on the cutting edge of the "slow food" movement, our state grows most of the nation's produce and S.F. was recently named the country's snobbiest city (you know food and snobbery go hand in hand, right?). But even we have to admit there is one place that was celebrating long meals with wine and a side of pretension way before it was cool in Cali, and that's France.
And with Bastille Day rapidly approaching, there's never been a better time to dive into all things Francophone. One of the best places to do so this year is the Bastille Day celebration at the Commonwealth Club. Hosted by Bay Gourmet Forum chair Cathy Curtis, the celebration aims to briefly transport attendees to France with the help of two distinguished Bay Area residents. All things French are on the menu, but, of course, food will be a huge part of the celebration.
Shawn Williams studied the fine art of creating chocolate in France, then brought his skills back to the Bay Area, where he worked as a pastry chef for artisan restaurant La Folie and now owns his own chocolate shop, Feve Artisan Chocolatier. Cara Black adds a bit of mystery to the panel: Her bestselling Aimee Leduc Investigations series explores a Paris filled with murder, intrigue and dark corners.
Paris, chocolate, food and pastry; it doesn't get more French than this. Vive la Commonwealth Club!
The Bastille Day Celebration at the Commonwealth Club starts at 11 a.m. on July 15 at the Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F. Admission is $7-$20 (free for members); call 597-6700 or visit CommonwealthClub.org.