Foodie Agenda: Celebrating Beer, Chefs in Yosemite, Pig Heart, and More


Saturday, Jan. 19

If you love a good brew and are looking to take a trip down the coast, make sure to head to Half Moon Bay Brewing Company’s 10th Anniversary of its Onsite Brewery and Maverick Ale. To celebrate a decade of brewing award-winning ales at their coastside brewery, the company is throwing a free party in their heated (yes!) beer garden with live music, cake and the release of their limited edition 10th Anniversary Ale. 1-4 pm. 390 Capistrano Rd. Half Moon Bay, CA. 650-728-2739


Calling all home cooks! The San Francisco Cooking School, the Bay Area’s largest program for hands-on cooking classes, will host a public open house at their brand new, state-of-the-art culinary center. With over 75 classes to choose from, chances are, anyone short of an Iron Chef will appreciate at least one of the SFCS’s offerings. Their upcoming open house is a great first step towards achieving your culinary resolutions this year. 12-3 pm, @ 690 Van Ness Ave. 415-346-2665. 


Sunday, Jan. 20

The cutting board is a dangerous place for any cook, so why not take a chance to sharpen your knife skills? Learn to slice and dice and avoid unnecessary pain and join Raise the Root Cooking Collective for a pop-up cooking class titled “Knife Skills 101: Slice, Dice, Nice!” The class offers useful knife knowledge and hands-on practice to turn you into a kitchen whiz. 1-3 pm. $75/person @530 Hampshire St. 510-757-4406


Embrace the Outdoors with Stag Dining Group as they host The Wilderness Dinner. Making the most of Northern California’s bounty of wildlife, enjoy a dinner fished, foraged and hunted for your enjoyment. Paired with co-host Scribe Winery’s array of offerings, the dinner celebrates the bounty of the ocean, sky and land.  4:30 p.m. $135/Ticket (purchase here). @ Location TBA (Southwest SF)


Post Holiday blues have arrived, so it is time to start thinking about a seriously relaxing getaway (preferably with amazing food involved). Look no further than The Yosemite’s Chefs’ Holidays, which happens to be located at the rugged but luxurious Ahwahnee Hotel. The three-day session offer an opportunity to meet and learn from and taste the creations of top American chefs (including a few Bay Area favorites). Prices Start at $199. 209-372-1445


Monday, Jan. 21

Don’t be intimated to treat yourself on your lunch hour. While Michelin Star restaurants get a rap for being untouchable for mere mortals, Michael Mina San Francisco wants to make luxurious food available for all. Embracing the fast-paced lifestyle of the Financial District’s businesspeople while holding on to the indulgence of fine dining, the restaurant is changing up its offerings and debuting a new á la carte menu. Stop in for lunch Monday through Friday and forget about the office for a little while. @ 252 California St. 415-397-9222


Traveling the world may not fit into your 2013 budget, but luckily your taste buds can still taste flavors from around the globe. This week, why not give Peruvian a try? Jardeniére continues the tradition of its Monday Night Prix Fixe menus by venturing down south for a taste of food from the Andes. $49/ person @ 300 Grove St. 415-861-5555


If you need an excuse to satifsfy your sweet tooth this week, make sure to stop by The Ice Cream Bar to celebrate their one year anniversary. Nightclub and Bar's 2012 Bartender of the Year Russell Davis is stopping by from 7-9 pm. If you are nostalgic for a float or something with a little more kick, make sure to stop in and join in the celebration. There are sweet specials all week long. @ 815 Cole St. 415-742-4932


Thursday, Jan. 24

An offering for the adventurous diner in mind, The Grand Café is reviving its Misfit Dinner Series. The series highlights less popular cuts, techniques and animals, giving diners the opportunity to taste something new and unusual. In January, the a la carte menu features plates that celebrate the heart, including samplings from guinea hen, pig and beef. These tasty specials run through the 27th.  @ 501 Geary St. 415-292 0101

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