Foodie Agenda: A Portuguese Wine Dinner, A Whole-Hog BBQ, and More!


Thursday, February 6

Owner/Chef Rick Hackett of Jack London Square’s Pan-American restaurant Bocanova, is continuing his monthly “Rick’s Supper Club” dinners with a Portuguese Wine Dinner tonight. Hackett has put together a menu that pulls inspiration from Spain and Portugal with a New World touch including Portuguese Shrimp Soup, Braised Pork Osso Bucco, and house-made chocolates for dessert. Plus, Bocanova’s Wine Club Director has put together an all Portuguese wine flight to accompany the five-course family-style meal. Marc West-Teixeira of Estate Wines LTD will also attend the dinner to share his knowledge of the featured wines. 7:00 p.m., $72, Make reservations at (510) 444-1233. 55 Webster Street, Oakland. 

In this month’s edition of Marin Brewing Co.’s Brews and Views, Executive Director of Save the Bay David Lewis will participate in a discussion about future efforts to prevent the bay from being destroyed. Snacks are complimentary and the full menu will be available for purchase. Ten percent of proceeds will be donated to the Cabrillo Education Foundation. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay. 

Friday, February 7

Sausalito’s Fast Food Francais (F3) is celebrating its one-year anniversary on February 14. In celebration of the milestone, the restaurant is bringing back dishes from the original menu for a limited time only, February 7-21. The throwback menu includes: Le Bleu Burger made with organic grass-fed beef, Fourme D’ambert, chorizo jam, lettuce and tomato; Fried Oysters with cornmeal, Bloody Mary aioli and pickled okra; Poulet Frit, a crispy buttermilk chicken sandwich with gypsy pepper piperade, brie and lettuce; and Lobstah Roll with Maine lobster, green apples, and tarragon aioli on brioche. As a special addition there will also be a seasonal Truffle Burger made with seven grams of truffle, seven-ounces of Wagyu beef, and served with gilded fries for $50. 2/7-2/13, 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., 39 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 

Saturday, February 8

Kara Lind from Kara’s Cupcakes will be on hand at Macy’s for a Valentine’s cupcake decorating class. She’ll share tips and tricks on frosting and topping her irresistible pastries. Tickets include all the supplies necessary for you to follow along and decorate your own cupcakes to take home. 11:00 a.m., $20, Get tickets here. 170 O’Farrell Street.

Learn how to make killer espresso, latte art, and drip coffee while enjoying coffee tastings and snacks at Contraband Coffee this weekend. Owner and coffee maestro Nathan will conduct a hands on demonstration with step by step directions on a cutting edge espresso machine. You’ll also learn how to distinguish different coffees from various origins ranging from Guatemala to Ethiopia in a curated coffee flight. 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. $30, Get tickets here. 1415 Larkin Street. 

Sunday, February 9

4505 Meats cooks up an ode to South Carolina pit master Rodney Scott who lost all his BBQ pits in a fire last November. The dinner is part of a nationwide fundraiser tour from the Fatback Collective. 4505 Meats is putting together a whole-hog cookout with sides in the parking lot of their new restaurant and organizing an online auction to raise funds. 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 pm. $20/ plate, $25 at the door. Get tickets here. 705 Divisadero Street. 

Wednesday, February 12

The 4th Annual Union Street Has a Crush on You wine walk will take you throughout Union Street from Gough to Steiner and on Fillmore Street from Union to Lombard. Merchants will be offering wine samples, finger foods and special treats at different locations. Participants will receive a wine glass and map with all the tasting locations. 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. $20, Get tickets here. Buy day-off tickets at 2040 Union Street. 

Thursday, February 13

Head to Dandelion Chocolate for an after hours celebration. They’ll have champagne, chocolate cocktails, delicious desserts, and great dancing tunes. You’ll also be able to custom letterpress Valentine’s Day cards on hand crafted paper courtesy of Shotwell Paper Mill. And of course, you’ll get a behind the scenes tour of the factory as you sample cacao from bean, to molten chocolate, to bar. Tickets include two drink vouchers and a delicious selection of treats. 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. $20, Get tickets here. 740 Valencia Street. 

Friday, February 14

Bust out your grass skirts and aloha shirts, and get lei’d at Stag Dining's Clandestine Luau cocktail party. In true Stag fashion, they will be inviting the best bartenders in the city to craft tiki cocktails as well as their signature Derby shaved ice snow cone cocktails. Passed food includes Whole Roasted Kahlua Pig, Hawaiian Candy Meat, Poke Salad, Mo’s Mac Salad, Musubi Hand Rolls, Poi, Crab Rangoon, and Shrimp Toast. Price includes cocktails and food. 7:00 p.m. $74, Get tickets here. Stern Grove (just follow the tiki torches). 

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