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.
2. This just in
The winemakers at Paso Robles’ Justin Vineyards have taken their show on the road with a series of wine dinners to be held at restaurants nationwide. The San Francisco dinner will be at local fave Baraka on May 29. The five-course meal will feature pepper-crusted ahi tuna and beef bavette, and each course will paired with a Justin Vineyards wine. Dinner is $75; reservations are required. Call 415-255-0370 to save your spot.
3. Sporting event
Are you in the market for a date, good wine, a new snowboard or all of the above? If so, Sports Basement's wine-and-shopping event on Friday, May 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. is for you. Anyone who is interested in all-you-can-drink wine and a 20 percent discount on sporting goods will want to sign up early for this $20 bargain ($30 at the door). Reserve your ticket here.
4. Fun with fromage
Cheese lovers unite! Curd Culture founder Wil Edwards will be holding a class in cheesemaking at COPIA on Saturday, May 31. With an emphasis on home-kitchen-friendly recipes and simple techniques, he'll be teaching food geeks from around the area to make delicious fresh cheeses. $75 for non-members, $65 for members. Book your spot online at copia.org or call 707-259-1600.
5. 15 days means 30 meals
Ready, steady, eat! San Francisco's seventh annual Dine About Town event starts on June 1 and runs through June 15. The city's most popular restaurants (except for SPQR—we already checked) are participating in the event by offering three-course prix-fixe lunches at $21.95 and three-course dinners at $31.95. Drinks, tax and tip are not included. A list of participating restaurants is available at onlyinsanfrancisco.com/dineabouttown; make your reservations through opentable.com.
6. To market, to market
On Tuesday, June 3, at CUESA’s teaching kitchen at the Ferry Building, Tia Harrison of Avedano's and Sociale will offer three 20-minute seasonal cooking demonstrations every half-hour on the half-hour from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. There's no cost, and audience members receive samples, recipes and a shopping list. The kitchen is outside the Ferry Building, under the western arcades just north of the clock tower. More information on CUESA programs at cuesa.org.
7. Take the cannoli
As part of Il Fornaio’s ongoing “Festa Regionale” series, each month the restaurant features the cuisine of a different region of Italy. From June 2 until June 15, drop in for a taste of Sicily. In case you've forgotten yours at home, Il Fornaio offers a special “passaporto” for members of its mailing list: Get six stamps and you’ll be eligible to win a trip for two to Italy. Click on ilfornaio.com or call 415-986-0100.
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