1. Mondays with Morrone
Award winning Bay Area chef George Morrone will add his seasonal influences to the Fish and Farm menu on Mondays for the rest of August and the entire month of September (with the exception of Labor Day, September 1). Each Monday, the menu will also feature one of Morrone’s famous soups from his cookbook, Simply Elegant Soup. Call 415-474-3474 to make a reservation.
2. Quack job
On August 28, chef Josiah Slone will prepare a decadent four-course duck dinner in the kitchen of his cottage-style restaurant, Sent Sovi using ducks sourced from “Duck Man” Jim Reichardt of Liberty Farms. The seasonal, French-influenced menu will be paired with wines for $125 per person. Space is limited; make reservations by calling 408- 867-3110.
3. Specific catch
Celebrate the Pacific Environment’s work to protect the coastal ecosystems from off-shore oil and gas drilling with a sustainable wild salmon barbecue dinner at Crissy Field on August 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 and include the meal, local wines and music. Tickets can be purchased here.
4. Unbalanced portions
In his book, Stuffed and Starved, Raj Patel explores how the imbalance of world food resources has brought obesity to some parts of the world and malnutrition to others. On August 21, at 7:30 p.m., Patel will read from his work at the Modern Times Bookstore in the Mission.
5. Sweet Saturday
Nothing satisfies a sweet tooth like complimentary chocolate confections. On August 23, chefs will demonstrate candy-making techniques from 12 to 2 p.m. in the demonstration kitchen at Williams-Sonoma in Union Square. The best part: You get to taste all the sugary samples at the bittersweet end of the event.
6. Speed up the slow down
Meet Slow Food Nation organizers and chefs and mingle with fellow sustainable food enthusiasts on August 26 in the cellar of Macy’s Union Square. At 6:30 p.m. Thom Fox, executive chef at Acme Chophouse, will prepare choice cuts of meat from Clark Summit Farm, a sustainable beef, pork and poultry producer in Marin County. Dan Bagley and Liz Cunninghame, the husband-and-wife team who own and operate Clark Summit, will be on hand to tell their story.
7. Savory secrets
These Top Chef stars no longer have to worry about getting the knife on Bravo’s cooking show. Instead, they’re free to dish the details about life behind the swinging kitchen door at the Commonwealth Club on August 20 at 6:30 p.m.. Local contenders Zoi Antonitsas, Jennifer Biesty and Ryan Scott will be on hand to tell-all about their experiences on the hit show and their careers post-television. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 415-597-6705 or clicking right here.
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