SF Chefs 2012 Returns to Union Square July 30th-August 5th
By: Marcia Gagliardi "The Tablehopper"
Opening ceremony for 2011. Photo: © tablehopper.com.
If you are in town for this, you’re in luck, because it really is the most wonderful time of the year: the SF Chefs 2012 Event is upon us. This celebration of food, wine, and spirits will take place in and around Union Square from July 30th through August 5th, and includes a little something for everyone.
The Grand Tasting Tent events are the main focus, and take place Friday evening through Sunday afternoon (keep your eyes peeled to see how to win tickets to the Sunday tasting tent on tablehopper!). Talented chefs from more than 100 San Francisco restaurants (and more) will be showcasing their oh-so-fab food, including Bruce Hill (Bix), Mourad Lahlou (Aziza), Lori Baker (Baker & Banker), Staffan Terje (Perbacco, barbacco), Bridget Batson (Gitane), Thomas McNaughton (Central Kitchen, flour + water), and many more. There will also be wine tastings and featured cocktails every evening, and you’ll be able to meet and chat up sommeliers, winemakers, and bartenders at each event. Grand Tasting Tent event tickets and details can be found here. Definitely try to make at least one—it’s quite a spread.
Throughout the week, there will also be classes, seminars, tastings, and panels led by local food personalities and chefs. These include a morning of doughnuts with Laurel Davis (Donut Savant) and Thy Tran, a tasting of Portuguese wines, and a special Ethiopian coffee ceremony with Marcus Samuelsson and illy’s Giorgio Milos. Most of these events are $35 for regular admission or $28 if you have a Visa Signature card, though there are a few exceptions. Some of these seminars are part of the Food Arts Industry Series, which have a focus on food service and trade. For industry events, Golden Gate Restaurant Association members and industry folks will be able to purchase tickets for $10. More details, tickets, and the program schedule can be found here.
All charitable proceeds garnered throughout the festival will benefit the Golden Gate Restaurant Association’s Scholarship Foundation, an organization dedicated to encouraging and providing assistance to individuals who wish to further their education in pursuit of careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
SF Chefs 2012 is produced by the GGRA, in partnership with Visa Signature, Andrew Freeman & Co., Tannin Management, Dominic Phillips Event Marketing, and Noise 13.
Marcia Gagliardi writes a popular insider weekly e-column about the SF dining scene, “the tablehopper.” Subscribe for free at www.tablehopper.com.
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