1. Stock your holiday pantry with a visit to Cheese Plus—they’ve got panettone, Stilton, mince pies and Nordic glögg aplenty, perfect for whatever wintry celebration you have planned. For more information, visit cheeseplus.com
2. On December 24 Incanto will be hosting the annual Feast of the Seven Fishes, a four-course all-seafood menu that is the traditional Italian meal served the night before Christmas. The price is $55, exclusive of tax, gratuity and beverage, call 415-641-4500 to book your spot. For more information, visit incanto.biz
1. Apple of our eye
If you haven’t made your way over to Cavallo Point cooking school (and the wonderful on-premise restaurant, Murray Circle) yet, here’s your chance: This Friday, precede your night of tricking with a treat from the kitchen—caramel apples! Heirloom apples will be dunked in homemade caramel for a gooey holiday treat. The free event begins at 3:30 p.m. and continues until 5 p.m.; afterwards, you can take your kids to the fancy Marin neighborhoods for their annual candy run.
photography by Stefanie Michejda
1. Firing on all cylinders
1. Design and dine
Bruschetta with Sweet Peppers and Ricotta
Each year at the farmers’ market seems to bring bell peppers in ever more stunning colors. By mid-September, Bay Area markets are ablaze with red, yellow, green and orange peppers and multicolored combinations thereof. I can’t resist them. To show off their colors, I’ll braise them together, then spoon them over ricotta-topped bruschetta (oiled toast).
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Who are you calling honey, sweetheart? Scott, Mayclem and Werner together at Macy's
1. Poke your eye out
Forget about the same old baking and hot dog eating contests. The western addition Hawaiian restaurant, Hukilau, puts a contemporary twist on the food festival with a poke (diced, raw fish salad) preparing competition and a Spam musubi eating contest. Join the big Kahunas and get your own taste of the tropics from noon to 8 p.m. on September 6.
2. Elbow your way in
They call it Slow Food, but let me tell you that some of the biggest lines are at the drinks tables. Of all the sections, though, I have to give the nod for the beer pavilion as the best of them all. Why? Not just because it's the quickest service, but because of the diversity and breadth of the selection. The beer pavilion is divided into three bars, each representing a method of beer delivery: bottle, cask, and draught (below).