Eat Drink SF
Eat Drink SF, a San Francisco celebration of flavor, presented by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association with Title Sponsor Discover, announces the schedule for this year’s event as tickets go on sale.
The festival, now entering its seventh year, is a unique experience for food & beverage enthusiasts to enjoy top-notch programming including curated experiences, tasting sessions, beverage classes, cooking demos, and mingling with the Bay Area’s top chefs.
The festival takes place August 20-23, 2015 with events happening around the city including three signature Grand Tastings at Fort Mason Center on Friday and Saturday. In addition, brand new events have been added this year including: Thursday’s Taco Knockdown presented by Milagro Tequila, Sunday’s city-wide Revival Brunch and Brunch Party at Foreign Cinema.
This year’s programming includes:
- Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA) Preview Series, August 1, 8, 15: In anticipation of Eat Drink SF, chefs Mark Sullivan, Executive Chef of Bacchus Management Group (Spruce, The Village Pub, Pizza Antica, RoastCo, and Mayfield Bakery & Café), Matt Schuster of Canela, and Anjan Mitra of DOSA & DOSA Fillmore will host a series of cooking demos at the Ferry Building Farmers Market each Saturday in August, leading up to the festival.
- Super Duper Burger Guest Chef Series, August 17-21: As festival week dawns, Super Duper Burger celebrates with a guest-chef-a-day series featuring unique burgers created by David Bazirgan, Michael Mina, and more! Each day, the featured guest chef’s burger will be offered with a portion of the proceeds going to the chef’s charity of choice and from 2-3pm that day 100 percent of sales will go to the designated charity.
- Taco Knockdown Presented by Milagro Tequila, August 20, 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Kicking off the festival weekend is “Taco Knockdown” at Folsom Street Foundry. 20 restaurant chefs will go head-to-head and compete in a battle for the creative taco title with a best overall winner determined by a panel of expert judges and a crowd favorite chosen by guests. The Bon Vivants will create cocktails using Milagro Tequila, Montelobos Mezcal, Menjurje de Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur, and Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur. Restaurant competitors include: Ichi Sushi, Pabu/Ramen Bar, Delfina Restaurant Group, Uno Dos Tacos, Fog City and more.
- Grand Tasting, August 21, 6:30-10:00 p.m. and August 22, 12:30-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-10:30 p.m.: The signature event of Eat Drink SF returns to Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center for three unforgettable sessions. Attendees will get to experience classes and demonstrations from culinary personalities including Brian Boitano and Lesley Stowe, chefs Elizabeth Falkner, and Ryan Scott, Michelin starred chefs such as Dominique Crenn and Mourad Lahlou, World Pizza Cup Champion Tony Gemignani, and many more, with emcees Joel Riddell, and Leslie Sbrocco; sample cheeses from the Whole Foods Market Cheesemonger Cave; savor sips with San Francisco Wine School’s Beverage Classroom; and nibble on tastes from top San Francisco restaurants such as Aaxte, Absinthe, Burritt Room + Tavern by Charlie Palmer, Central Kitchen, Cockscomb, Dirty Habit, Farallon, flour + water, ICHI Sushi + Ni Bar, Marlowe, Mina Restaurant Group, Park Tavern, The Cavalier, Waterbar, and Wayfare Tavern, among others. VIP ticket holders can enjoy access to private seating, exclusive food and beverage offerings, and early entrance to the Grand Tasting.
- Brunch Party at Foreign Cinema, August 23: Brunch at Foreign Cinema is, simply put, the best. Join Eat Drink SF for a special daytime party to cap off an incredible weekend of food, drink, and celebration with the ultimate brunch affair. Exceptional food, your favorite morning and afternoon cocktails, entertainment and revelry. The perfect close to a perfect weekend.
- Revival Brunch, August 23: The fun continues on Sunday with the inaugural Eat Drink SF citywide brunch. More than 20 restaurants around the city will offer special Eat Drink SF brunch menus in unified celebration of post-festival recovery efforts.
Proceeds support CUESA and the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation.
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