The premier food, wine, and spirits festival, SF Chefs, is returning August 1 – 7, 2011 to San Francisco’s historic Union Square. This annual gourmet culinary event promotes local restaurants and chefs and offers classes for industry professionals. After all, San Francisco is the epicenter for the slow food movement.
SF Chefs 2011 supports a good cause – the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation, which grants financial scholarships to students from the Bay Area entering culinary and hospitality programs.
Last year, I attended cooking demos by executive chefs Matthew Accarrino of SPQR Restaurant, Joanne Weir, and Gary Danko of Gary Danko Restaurant. I also got an exclusive interview with Chef Matthew Accarrino and attended the Sugar Party, where different interpretations of ice cream desserts were explored.
The SF Chefs 2011 schedule includes Preview Events, Grand Tasting Tent, Classes and Demos, as well as Parties.
Meet SF Bay Area chefs and food personalities such as:
- Charles Phan of Slanted Door and Heaven’s Dog
- Joey Altman of Miss Pearl’s Jam House
- Tyler Florence of Wayfare Tavern, Rotisserie & Wine, and El Paso
- Gary Danko of Restaurant Gary Danko
Check out Restaurant Week which is held in conjunction with SF Chefs 2011. Select restaurants will be featuring a two-course lunch for $20 and three-course dinner for $35. Some of the participating restaurants include:
- Pacific Catch
- Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
and many more.
If you have a Visa signature card, you’ll be treated to special perks like 20% off SF Chef 2011 tickets, priority admittance, and preferred seating.