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Dining, SFoodie S.F. WhiskyWeek Seminars Kick Off Sunday with a Scotch Tasting at Elixir

S.F. WhiskyWeek Seminars Kick Off Sunday with a Scotch Tasting at Elixir

There's no better place to celebrate the upcoming sloshfest that is WhiskyWeek 2009 than bellied up to the bar of one of San Francisco's oldest and most passionate advocates of the hard stuff. Mission saloon Elixir (3200 16th St. at…
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Dining, SFoodie At Piccino, Hallowed Religious Feast Becomes, Well, a Feast

At Piccino, Hallowed Religious Feast Becomes, Well, a Feast

It's always a good sign when a dinner is scheduled to last "until the food runs out." That's the timetable for the upcoming Pig and Rosé Ferragosto event at Piccino (801 22nd St. at Tennessee). Traditionally held in mid-August, this…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink the Way the Good Lord Intended: Wine Week Celebrates All-Natural Vino

Drink the Way the Good Lord Intended: Wine Week Celebrates All-Natural Vino

If you're a bit fuzzy on the term "natural wine," you're not alone. Here's a brief explanation, just in time for the San Francisco Natural Wine Week (August 24-30). Natural wine is similar in principle to biodynamic and organic wines,…
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Dining, SFoodie Documentary Tracks the Birth of the Modern Home-Grown Chicken Movement

Documentary Tracks the Birth of the Modern Home-Grown Chicken Movement

Mad City Chickens Mmm, chicken-y.The folks at Slow Food on Film continue to spread the local-farm-to-table word with a screening this weekend of the fascinating documentary Mad City Chickens at the Delancey Street Theater (600 Embarcadero at Brannan).…
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Dining, SFoodie Spruce Marks Two Years with a Double-icious Dinner

Spruce Marks Two Years with a Double-icious Dinner

Anyone who follows the restaurant business in this town knows that thriving for two years (hell, even surviving) is no small feat, especially for a fine-dining establishment. To celebrate its second birthday, New American spot Spruce (3640 Sacramento at Spruce)…
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Dining, SFoodie South Serving Up a Summer Sunday Lunch Featuring a Kiwi Wine Star

South Serving Up a Summer Sunday Lunch Featuring a Kiwi Wine Star

human companion/FlickrIf you've never had the pleasure of drinking with a crew from Australia or New Zealand, Saturday might be the perfect time. Australian outpost South Food + Wine Bar (330 Townsend #101 at Fourth St.) is hosting…
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Dining, SFoodie Mouths are Watering for Chicken and Waffles Even Before Gussie's Opens

Mouths are Watering for Chicken and Waffles Even Before Gussie's Opens

In a city where soul food options remain patchy at best, there's big buzz building around the scheduled opening next week of Gussie's Chicken & Waffles (1521 Eddy at Fillmore). Helmed by Michele Wilson, a veteran of the much-written-about L.A.…
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Dining, SFoodie Joyce Goldstein and Hoss Zare Team Up for Mediterranean-Flavored Benefit

Joyce Goldstein and Hoss Zare Team Up for Mediterranean-Flavored Benefit

Mediterranean cuisine hounds will want to check out the Joyce Goldstein and Hoss Zaré dinner benefit this Sunday, July 12, at Zaré at Fly Trap (606 Folsom at Second St.). Goldstein, a prolific cookbook author and recipient of several James…
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Dining, SFoodie Family-Style Monday Menu at Bar Bambino to Explore the Cooking of Venice

Family-Style Monday Menu at Bar Bambino to Explore the Cooking of Venice

Incanto isn't the only restaurant in town cooking up affordable, easy-going concepts to try to attract diners to the traditionally slow nights at the beginning of the week. When the Mission's Bar Bambino (2931 16th St. at South Van Ness)…
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Dining, SFoodie Explore Meat and Booze at CUESA Class and Go Home with Sausage

Explore Meat and Booze at CUESA Class and Go Home with Sausage

The Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA) is up to its delicious tricks again with a summer-friendly event this Friday, June 26. The Summer Sausage and Perfect Punch class features three of the Bay Area's experts in meat…
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Dining, SFoodie Magnolia Crawfish Boil to Bring a Steamy Taste of Summer to the Haight

Magnolia Crawfish Boil to Bring a Steamy Taste of Summer to the Haight

If you missed the two previous Louisiana Crawfish Boils at Magnolia Pub & Brewery (398 Haight at Masonic), it's not too late to go all backwoods Cajun. The third and final boil happens next Tuesday, June 16, just in time…
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Dining, SFoodie What, Already? It's Dine About Town Time Again

What, Already? It's Dine About Town Time Again

It feels like the last Dine About Town just ended (it happened back in January), but it's upon us again. Here's a refresher: The San Francisco Convention and Visitors' Bureau organizes this biannual, citywide restaurant promotion now in its eighth…
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Dining, SFoodie Bar Bambino Wine and Cheese Tasting Promises to Go Beyond Beyond Mere Noshing

Bar Bambino Wine and Cheese Tasting Promises to Go Beyond Beyond Mere Noshing

While cheese and wine events are a dime a dozen in San Francisco, it's not every day there's a tasting with the added value of education. Assuming the average wine-addled brain can soak up some learning, you might just leave…
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Dining, SFoodie Red Delicious: Here Comes Strawberry Week

Red Delicious: Here Comes Strawberry Week

With strawberry season here, the creators of Heirloom Tomato Week and Dungeness Crab Week are gearing up for Strawberry Week, and they've brought friends -- lots of friends. Forty-four local chefs and 57 restaurants will participate in a week of…
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Dining, SFoodie Date Night: Jardinière

Date Night: Jardinière

The fancy dinner deal patrol continues this week at another top San Francisco spot, Jardinière (300 Grove at Franklin), where a new series of three-course Monday Night Prix-Fixe dinners is available for the insanely low price of $45, including…
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Dining, SFoodie Around Town: The Chill Cafe

Around Town: The Chill Cafe

It seems a new frozen yogurt shop opens somewhere in San Francisco almost every week. In that kind of environment, how do you distinguish yourself? Trang Nguyen is hoping she's found the answer at her Financial District shop The Chill…
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Dining, SFoodie Date Night: Sumptuous Small-Plates Couples Cooking Class

Date Night: Sumptuous Small-Plates Couples Cooking Class

Dinner and a movie doesn't always cut it. Sometimes you want something a little more hands-on, something to give that night out a little kick in the pants, which is when Parties that Cook comes in very handy. This…
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Dining, SFoodie Nightcap: Balboa Cafe's Sixth Burger for a Pint Blood Drive

Nightcap: Balboa Cafe's Sixth Burger for a Pint Blood Drive

It's a cliché that when times are tough, people will sometimes cash in on one of their most basic attributes: blood. So don't be surprised to see a mob scene at Balboa Cafe's Sixth Burger for a Pint Blood Drive…
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Dining, SFoodie Around Town: Cheese + Wine Tasting and Bar Bambino

Around Town: Cheese + Wine Tasting and Bar Bambino

If you spend a few minutes talking to head cheesemonger Colin Shaff of Mission Italian spot Bar Bambino (2931 16th St. at South Van Ness), there's no doubt he takes cheese just as seriously as he takes wine, which makes…
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Dining, SFoodie Date Night: Holy Cow! Happy Hour at Epic Roasthouse

Date Night: Holy Cow! Happy Hour at Epic Roasthouse

Rolling with the economic punches and getting a little less epic, pricewise, Epic Roasthouse (369 Embarcadero at Folsom) has launched a new Holy Cow! happy hour at its upstairs Quiver Bar, featuring a bar menu packed with goodies costing $3…
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