Foodie Agenda: Bubblyfest, James Beard Taste Gala, & More

Your guide to the tastiest foodie happenings going down this week. Bon appétit! 

BubblyFest by the Sea 

California's Central Coast region is slowly being recognized for its burgeoning wine industry, and many area vineyards are branching out into sparkling wines. Hence, the launch of the nation's first sparkling wine festival this month in Pismo Beach. From October 24-26, glasses will overflow with more than 40 domestic and international wines, paired with live music and food, of course. Get tickets here

Eat, Drink and be Gnome-y at Chouffe Fest San Francisco

Chouffe, creator of fine Belgian ales, will bring its popular Chouffe Fest to San Francisco’s Log Cabin this Thursday, October 23 in celebration of Belgian craft beers—which, according to rumor, were hand-crafted by magical gnomes and passed in secret to Chouffe’s founders in the 1970s. Inspired by this mystical tale, Chouffe Fest invites you to step into the imaginary world of the Chouffe gnomes, which includes an eight-foot-tall "gnome throne" photo booth as well as giant, playable versions of checkers, Jenga, and Connect Four. Admittance covers complimentary beer tastings, local bites, and live music by MJ’s Brass Boppers Band. Tickets cost $101299 Storey (at Lincoln, in the Presidio)

Best New Restaurant: The Commissary 

The November issue of Esquire featuring the American Food & Drink Awards named Tracis Des Jardin's The Commissary as one of the nation's Best New Restaurants. Help them celebrate with their famous roasted chicken with frisee, marcona almonds, and dates. 101 Montgomery (at Sutter)

Fang Celebrates 5 Years with Special Menu 

In honor of the milestone, the FiDi establishment has reintroduced its most popular dishes, created and served throughout the past five years, including: Pan fried shrimp dumplings, peking beef buns, sautéed garlic baby peashoots, shortribs with bok choy, and crispy honey prawns. 660 Howard (at Hawthorne)

James Beard Taste America Gala

Kick off the weekend with a dinner that could easily the best meal of your life, featuring Paul Qui — the incredible culinary talent who was just named Esquire’s “Chef of the Year” — and a chef lineup that includes the likes of Michael Mina, Daniel Patterson, Tyler Florence, and more. Tickets will set you back a couple hundred dollars, but it truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 600 Stockton (at California)