Foodie Agenda: Ostrich Burgers, a Bloody Mary Contest, and More
Friday, August 24
Tantalise your taste buds this Friday night and indulge in some delicious burgers and fries from Roam Artisan Burgers’ brand new store on Fillmore Street. On offer are a mouth-watering variety of burgers and drinks. Using only 100% grass-fed beef, they also have a free-range turkey patties, all-natural bison and organic veggie burgers. For the true gourmand, they will be also offering ostrich patties sourced from a Bay Area farm. Nothing compliments a burger better than a cold ale, and fortunately Roam have that covered with several new craft brews, including Allagash White on tap, as well as a myriad of sustainably produced wines available. From 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. @ 1923 Fillmore Street.
Saturday, August 25
The recently opened Bluxome Winery, located in the heart of SOMA, was the first new winery to open in downtown SF in over 100 years. With a passion for the finer things in life, it makes sense that they would want to celebrate the huge array of fantastic, fresh produce surrounding the Bay Area by hosting the monthly Meet Market at their winery. Packed full of local farmers and purveyors peddling their wares, you can be sure to find loads of stands with fresh bread, cheeses, and other locally made gourmet food. There is, of course, also plenty of wine tasting where you can sample some of Bluxome’s best varieties. The market goes from 12-5 p.m. @ Bluxome Winery 53 Bluxome Street.
The promise of some late summer sun makes the idea of being outside with a chilled craft beer and delicious food such an alluring option. This Saturday marks the 15th anniversary of Speakeasy Brewery. With a killer lineup of local food trucks, great bands, and, of course, plenty of fresh $3 beers (including special releases and fan favorites) this promises to be a sterling afternoon in the sun. Entry is free and the festival goes from 2-7 p.m. @ Speakeasy Brewery, 1195 Evans Avenue.
In keeping with the outdoor beer theme, brewtruc and Mo’ Magic are pairing up again to create a charity beer garden. With all proceeds from the day going towards TAY (Transitional Age Youth), which engenders social responsibility and self-determination through cleaning and greening of parks and public space, it's like a great reason to sit back in a beer garden and enjoy some of the finest craft ales in the Bay. Along with beer from the likes of Stone, Ale Industries, Social Kitchen and Anderson Valley, there will also be a home-brew belgian theme throwdown. There will be food trucks to satiate your hunger and live musicn. Tickets cost $25 (you can purchase them here) and include ten 4-oz. pours. From 1-6 p.m. @ 160 Church Street.
Il Cane Rosso and the City College of San Francisco’s Culinary Arts Program are hosting a Fundraising Dinner with proceeds benefiting the financially strapped public culinary program. Opening with a cocktail hour, which will include passed appetizers, it will be followed by a seated three-course dinner and wine pairing. The summer market-inspired menu will feature donated local organic produce from small family farms and meats from the Bay Area’s premiere ranches. The super fresh dinner menu includes mouth watering options such as the Long and Bailey spit roasted porchetta or the chilled golden beet soup. There will also be a “Ferry Building Gift Basket” featuring artisan goods up for raffle. The evening costs $50 and tickets can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. From 7 p.m. @ Il Cane Rosso, 1 Vallejo, San Francisco Ferry Building.
Sunday, August 26
Calling all ye Bloody Mary fans out there. This Sunday afternoon (giving you hopefully enough time to recover from the sins of the night before) Scala’s Bistro is hosting its second annual Bloody Sunday. Featuring ten of the Bay Area’s best bartenders, they'll battle for the title of "San Francisco’s Best Bloody Mary." Attendees will be able to taste Bloody Mary’s, sip mimosas and enjoy tastes from the Scala brunch menu. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased here. From 12-3 p.m. at Scala’s Bistro, 432 Powell Street.
Wednesday, August 29
To celebrate the release of their new California Table Beer Series as well as their first anniversary, Almanac Beer has decided to throw a huge party. The night features some of their newest beers including the Honey Saison, as well as the brand new Extra Pale Ale. Attendees will be treated to beer specials all night and complimentary bites from Deli Board and 1058 Hoagie. The first 100 people through the door will receive brand new Almanac pint glasses. The evening is free and goes from 6-9 p.m. @ Bloodhound, 1145 Folsom Street.