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Foodie Agenda: Whiskey Tastings, Summer Chocolates, & More

Our weekly roundup of the tastiest happenings going down in the Bay Area! 

Book Party and Whiskey Tasting with Daniel Yaffe

Local author and whiskey connoisseur, Daniel Yaffe will be at Umami Mart tonight to lay down some knowledge about the Bay Area's favorite liquor–whiskey. His book, "DRINK MORE WHISKEY," published last year, has been lauded as a no-nonsense guide, jam-packed with whiskey knowledge. Daniel will discuss the differences between whiskies — rye, Scotch, bourbon, Irish whiskey– while you taste them! Cheers! 

Thursday, July 10: 6-8 p.m., Umami Mart, 815 Broadway, Oakland; RSVP to  hello@umamimart.com

Bastille Day on Claude Lane 

From Marie Antoinette lookalikes to "Liberation Cake" and live music, Claude Lane has something for everyone's inner Francophile this Bastille Day. Try the special French wine flight ($17.89) at Cafe Claude or opt for the prix-fixe menu ($17.89) at Claudine, which includes Moules Marnieres and Montand Brut. And of course, don't miss the fabulous Marie Antoinette in the flesh – she'll be visiting tables (with treats) from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Cafe Claude, Gitane, and Gaspar.

Monday, July 14: Various locations 

Summer Picnic Chocolate Line 

If you don't have time for a proper picnic, you know with the outdoors and all that, just grab a box of Rosewood Sand Hill Madera's new "Summer Picnic" chocolates for the same sweet experience. Created by Pastry Chef Mellisa Root, the chocolate line includes quirky flavors like: BBQ, Sweet Pepper Jelly with Texas Toast, Beer Caramel, Potato Chip, Peach Cobbler, and Arnold Palmer. All of which are way better than they sound. Promise. 

All day, every day: 2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.

Hunky Bear Burger + Beer Combo 

Forget Taco Tuesday, Precita Park Cafe is dishing up one of the best beer and a meal deals in town every Tuesday this month–the delicious Hunky Bear Burger (created especially for SF PRIDE) paired with T.W. Pitcher's Snake Bite for only $15. The Hunky Bear is an eight-ounce grass-fed burger on a house-made challah bun with spicy wild arugula, tomatoes, and secret sauce. If you're not drooling yet, there's no hope for you. Check back in August for their next burger and beer pairing. 

Every Tuesday this month: 500 Precita Ave. 

CADET Wine + Beer Bar 

Helmed by two wine industry veterans, Colleen Fleming (Kelly Flemming Wines) and Aubrey Bailey (French Laundry), CADET Wine + Beer is now open for business. Cadet’s wine bottle list has more than 150 selections along with 4 wines on tap, 6 beers on draft, and 15-20 bottled beers. Small bites include charcuterie from a hand-cranked Italian slicer, cheeses from all over the world, pintxos, farmers’ toasts and paninis will be available to enjoy with drinks. Yum! 

Monday - Thursday 5 p.m. - 12 a.m.; Friday - Saturday 4 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.; 930 Franklin Street, Napa