SF Chefs 2012

July 30-Aug 5

My little brain can hardly wrap itself over all the cheffy, restauranty fun to be had over the next week in San Francisco. There are $1,500 sold-out dinners, classes, tastings, schmooze sessions and on and on during SF Chefs 2012, an event that bills itself as ” The Biggest Food, Wine & Spirits Festival on the West Coast”.

Here’s a cheat sheet to some of fun.

SF Chefs 2012 is almost upon us, set to kick-off beginning July 30and running through August 5, with the Celebration of Contemporary Mexican Restaurants event on August 1 and Grand Tasting Tent events taking place August 3 – August 5 in Union Square.

A Taste of What’s to Come

The Grand Tasting Tent events, taking place August 3 through August 5, will showcase an array of different dishes from San Francisco’s favorite restaurants and chefs.  Guests can indulge in a variety of exciting dishes, including: Mini marrow burgers (Luella), albacore tuna tostado “Contramar Style” chipotle mayo, avocado, crispy leaks (Tacolicious), Calamari larb, lettuce cup, pickled summer vegetables (Baker & Banker), Corn & Curry Leaf Soup and Cubes marinated & tenderized in spices, skewered & grilled, served with chile-cilantro chutney (DOSA), Bourbon banana split (Boxing Room), Carrot and Cardamon Gelee with Vegetable Confettis Crab meat and citrus salad (Fleur de Lys), Fresh-cured anchovies Nostrano (Delfina), Ex-miso white fudge lollipop, coconut ginger marshmallow pop, sesame bonbon (Morimoto Napa ), Green Curry and Coconut Rock Shrimp Ceviche (E&O), Halibut Ceviche with Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes and Serranos (Copita) and pressed watermelon, marinated cherry tomatoes, basil, stracciatella cheese (Barbacco) and many, many more choices!

The Eater Chef Challenge Teams Announced!

Nominated by the readers of Eater SF, pairs of San Francisco’s best chefs will face off as they attempt to out-cook, out-plate and out-do one another in a race against the clock. With a mystery market basket of ingredients to tackle, which team will impress the judges?

San Francisco Cake Competition

The San Francisco Chronicle’s 49 Square Miles Food Tour comes to life during the 49 Square Miles Party taking place August 2 at 6pm on the Imperial Floor in the Westin St. Francis.  The festival is excited to announce the restaurants that will be expressing their feelings about San Francisco in cake – Baker & Banker, Perbacco, Foreign Cinema, Fifth Floor, and Ristobar. Guests will be the judges and the winning cake baker will take home a basket of goodies from Guittard Chocolate Company.  Celebrate the culinary diversity found in each square mile of our food-obsessed town with participants  including: Alioto’s Restaurant, Arizmendi Bakery, Bar Crudo, Coco 500, Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), Pier 23 Café, Presidio Social Club, Ristobar, Yank Sing, Yvonne’s Southern Sweets, Cantina, Alcademics.com, SF Brewers Guild, Dosa, Cliff House, Gialina Pizzeria, and King of Falafel. Enjoy San Francisco brews, California wines and handcrafted cocktails from the Campari America portfolio.

Final Details on Various Classes, Demos and Events

We are pleased to announce that Chef and Culinary Consultant Joyce Goldstein will be moderating the panel What is Northern California Cuisine? on Saturday, August 4 at 11:30 AM. Also joining the panel is Chef Amaryll Schwertner (Boulette’s Larder). Chefs from a variety of culinary traditions will discuss how they view the cuisine of Northern California today and its impact on the culinary world.

Other Exciting Events not to be missed include:

·         A Celebration of Contemporary Mexican Restaurants (August 1 at 6pm)

·         Steamed, Fried and Shanghai’d: The After Party at E&O (August 3 at 10pm)

·         MonoArabica Coffee Cooking with Marcus Samuelsson and Chris Cosentino (August 4 at 10am)

·         The Inside Scoop with Michael Bauer (August 4 at 3:30pm)

·         Discover Portugal (August 5 at 10am)


Tickets are on sale with limited availability. To get your tickets and for more information, please visit: http://sfchefsfoodwine.com/