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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fillmore: Bites, Sips, and Shopping at Next Week's Food and Wine Festival

Posted By on Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 2:18 PM

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October serves up a chance to feel enthusiastic: a legitimate excuse to dress up and be extra creative gets the Halloween juices going', skies are blue and sunny at long last, gorgeous produce abounds, and there's a bounty of festivals celebrating everything from pumpkin to bluegrass.

Early next week, the Pacific Heights portion of Fillmore is sporting a three-day Wine and Food Festival, with events including wine, food (from Troya), and spices with vino expert Deborah Parker Wong at Spice Ace; a bourbon and bacon dinner with talking points from mixologist / bar pro H. Joseph Ehrmann at the Boom Boom Room; and boutique action, where the added draw may be the food bites and sips served — let's agree that shopping is easier when sustenance is an added reward.

A three-hour tour of thirty boutiques on Tuesday night has retail therapy, food bites, wine and silent auction items that in my professional experience tend to get competitive when the alcohol has kicked in. Tuesday night's Moveable Feast and Fashion's Night Out ($65) includes shopping with food “samplings” from pretty good restaurants: 1300 Fillmore, Baker and Banker, Bun Mee, Pizzeria Delfina, Glaze, La Mediterannee, Out the Door, Palmer's Tavern, Troya and Woodhouse Fish Co. are scheduled. For a full list of restaurants and wineries (Alexia Moore, Hook and Ladder, Macleod, Ousterhout, Schied) is on the website.

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Scheduling a festival for so early in the week definitely grabs my attention, since festivals — like this summer's jazz festival in the Fillmore District traditionally tend to happen or at least wrap on weekends. It's unclear whether this festival's schedule potentially means fewer people or easier parking. According to Teresa Rodriguez of the Fillmore Merchants Association, the festival is happening during the week, because:

“We are lucky to live in a very prosperous and busy neighborhood and the truth is, all the restaurants and boutiques are very busy during the weekends. So, we chose Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday!” 

Fillmore Wine and Food Festival (Oct 6-8)
Moveable Feast and Fashion's Night Out
When: Oct 7, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Tour begins at Kiehl's (1971 Fillmore St.), S.F.
Rundown: Neighborhood restaurants and wine will be sampled at thirty boutiques on Fillmore Street. 100 percent of silent auction items and 10 percent of sales from the participating stores go directly to Ronald McDonald House.
Cost: $65 per ticket
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