The Eat and Drink List: This week's top 7
Farming For Compliments
Want to give some love to Alemany? Think the Ferry Plaza Saturday market is, hands down, the best in America? American Farmland Trust is holding a contest to determine which is America’s favorite farmers market. We think we’ve got this one in the (canvas, reusable) bag. Go to www.farmland.org/vote anytime between now and August 8.
It’s Pisco’s time to shine. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Peruvian brandy on June 8, when Cantina owner Duggan McDonnell will school you on the history of the spirit, invite you behind the bar to mix your own creation, and teach you some classics, like the Pisco sour. Snacks will be provided by Sabores del Sur—after all, empanadas and pisco are happy bedfellows. The class is $80 and will be held at La Cocina from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; to book your ticket, click here. You must be 21 to attend.
Table For One
Are you the type to scarf ice cream from the fridge at midnight? Like to have a bowl of cereal or a fried egg for dinner? Cook an elaborate feast for one each evening? ?Wonder what other people eat when they eat alone? Deborah Madison, who opened Greens Restaurant and wrote the amazing tome Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, has just released her latest book, What We Eat When We Eat Alone. Find out what she discovered on June 6 from 3 to 4 p.m. at a free reading at Omnivore Books.
Celebrate Good Times Come On
Should you be in the mood for a little field trip this weekend, head south to Menlo Park for Sunset magazine’s annual Celebration Weekend. Watch chef demos, sit in on wine seminars and pick up some gardening tips, all while escaping the San Francisco fog. The two-day event runs June 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; tickets are $15 (they’ll even knock a dollar off admission if you ride your bike there).
Snap Into It
Ryan Farr’s sausage making workshops at La Cocina have been such a huge hit, they keep selling out. A few spots remain for the June 7 10 a.m. slot—during the three-hour class you’ll learn how to season and stuff your own sausage, and you’ll leave with 5 pounds of different types of sausage. A bargain for $70, we’d say—click here to nab one of the last few spots.
On Monday nights (yes, every Monday, every week) Solstice Lounge is selling bottles of wine for half-price. Yes! It’s their gift to you for making it through the hardest day of the week. Half-priced wine and addictive sweet potato fries? We’ll see you there.
At the Great American Food and Wine Festival on June 13, you can sample the most iconic food from around the United States—think pastrami from Katz’s Deli, hot dogs from Pink’s and barbecue from Southside Market, drink American wine in a tent co-curated by A16 wine director Shelley Lindgren and Best Cellars’ Josh Wesson, watch chef demos and listen to great music—all at Shoreline in Mountain View from noon until 10 p.m.. Different levels of tickets are available; visit greatamericanfoodandmusicfest.com for more information.