It's Bastille Day! Got your freedom fries?
We here in San Francisco might not like France and the French quite as much as we like Italy and the Italians (at least, judging by our restaurant predilictions), but we still seem to have a bit of a love-affair with the country and, particularly, with its food. Today is Bastille Day (quick history lesson: this is the day that the French people stormed the Bastille prison, marking the beginning of the French Revolution). Here in the states (and probably in , too) the day may be celebrated, but it's watered down to be a day of feasting, picnicking and drinking rosé.
1. V is for victory
With Slow Food Nation fast approaching, it’s time to get your feet wet with a couple of preliminary Slow events—the first among them being the Victory Garden Celebration Dinner at Acme Chophouse. On July 12, following the planting ceremony of the Victory Garden in Gavin’s backyard, head to Acme for hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a three-course family-style meal prepared by chef Thom Fox. For tickets, click here.
1. Burger benefits
1. Allez Cuisine!
While it’s not quite Iron Chef, food-contest lovers will be flocking to Sacramento on Tuesday, June 10, for the SushiMasters State Finals Competition. Categories include morikomi, also known as “traditional style,” and signature roll. The cost of admission ($50) covers a reception-style sampling of sushi, sake and other Japanese specialties and a traditional sake barrel-breaking ceremony. Tickets can be purchased at tickets.com or charged by phone at 800-225-2277.
I was amused by this article in the New York Times a couple days ago. Not that there's any sort of political angle to this blog, I just like it when people getting together to drink and talk become newsworthy. I was curious whether SF had a Drinking Liberally chapter. Unsurprisingly, we do. Here's the information and sign up list.
1. Wine on the waves
On Saturday, May 31, from 4 to 6 p.m., enjoy an afternoon on the bay aboard Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidential yacht, the USS Potomac. Fine wines chosen by Foggy Bridge winemaker Daryl Groom accompany seasonal cuisine prepared by Larkspur’s Left Bank restaurant, all against the backdrop of our gorgeous city. Book online for a 20 percent discount at sipsandbitessf.com.