This week is all about going out and finding your food yourself: Forage for mushrooms, catch an eel or (if you're feeling lazy) break off a piece of the "Candy Stick."
Saturday, December 28
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to forage for edible mushrooms, now is the time. With decades of experience behind him, Patrick Hamilton will take you to either Point Reyes or the Sonoma Coast and teach you safe foraging techniques. You’ll head home with tons of tasty mushrooms. Saturday December 28, Sonoma Coast, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. $90. Get tickets here. Monday December 30, Pt. Reyes, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. $90 Get tickets here.
Sunday December 29
Get fishy with Kirk Lombard on an inter-tidal, low tide walking tour along the San Francisco bay front shoreline. Learn the basics of how to “poke pole” for the flavorful Monkeyface eel, how to catch rock crabs and even how to throw a “Hawaiian casting net.” You’ll discover the best local mussel beds and stands of edible seaweeds. 2:00 p.m. $40. Get tickets here.
Tuesday, December 31
This is your last chance to see the an exact gingerbread and candy model of Candlestick Park before it and the Stick both become a thing of the past. Created by Pastry Chef Angela Salvatore, “Candy Stick” stands at two by three feet and one foot tall. From the double decker stands to the mini gingerbread men playing football on the scaled field, the model won’t disappoint longtime Niners fans or candy enthusiasts alike. 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Waterbar, 399 The Embarcadero @ Folsom
Foodie! The Musical is a thorough skewering of eating habit, restaurants, trends, and food quirks that will have you gripping your stomach in laughter. You’ll get the chance to see a great show, celebrate New Year’s Eve and all proceeds benefit Theatre Rhinoceros. 8:00 p.m. $25. The Eureka Theatre. Get tickets here.
Friday January 3
Learn how to cook delicious one-pot meals that are great for entertaining a crowd or serve as a special dinner for your family. The legendary cooks at the Williams Sonoma Union Square Cooking School will teach you knife skills, braising and tagine cooking. At the end, you’ll get to enjoy your own creation: Winter Vegetable Tagine and Osso Buco. 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. $110, 340 Post St. @ Stockton. Get tickets here.