Add one of these culinary events to your food to-do list.
Friday, October 11
Modern Coffee, Oakland's first coffee taproom, celebrates four years in downtown Oakland with food and drink from a few of their favorite local purveyors. Look out for beer from Linden Street Brewery and goodies from Starter Bakery and Salt & Honey. And of course, sample their curated selection of the best coffees and teas they're loving at the moment. 4 - 8 p.m., 411 13th St. (ground floor of Oakland's historic Tribune Tower).
Global Green USA presents its 9th annual “Gorgeous & Green Gala," a glitzy soirée and Jazz Age celebration featuring a cocktail reception, an elegant gourmet organic dinner plus wine pairings by Michelin-starred Chef Ken Frank of La Toque, a live auction, Eco-Accolades awards, live musical performance by a surprise musician, and an eco-couture runway fashion show. The Green Gatsby will be hosted by actress Rosario Dawson, actress Maggie Grace, actor Ian Somerhalder, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom. Tickets range from $125 - $2,500 and can be purchased here. Bently Reserve, 301 Battery St.
Monday, October 14
Blurb, the SF-based digital publishing platform will celebrate a select group of exceptional Bay Area recipe bookmakers with an event designed to showcase their talents. At the Blurb Epic Food Fest, feast on flavorful creations from everyday cooks and food bloggers who have used Blurb to showcase their passion projects. Participants include Sharon Garner, author of "Edible Artistry" and former owner of the award-winning Grainful Bread Bakery in Marin, and Sylvanna Sanchez, who preserved her Mexican grandmother's traditional recipes in "Las Receta de mi Abuela." 6 - 9 p.m., Stable Cafe, 2128 Folsom Street, (415) 552-1199.
Tuesday, October 15
Any lover of sauce should head to 18 Reasons and partake in The Flavors of Southeast Asia: Homemade Sauces. Lisa Murphy of Sosu Sauces will help guests explore the exotic flavors of turmeric, lemongrass, and galangal and share her methods for preparing a range of deeply flavored sauces, all inspired by her Asia travels. The class includes a simple but delicious dinner of steamed rice and smoked fish and you'll get to bring a jar home. 6:30 - 9 p.m., $55, Buy tickets here. 3674 18th St. (415) 568-2710.
If you've always wanted to throw a wine and cheese party but don't know jack about cheese to educate your guests, take The Cheese School's Cheese 101 class. Taught by the co-author of Cheese for Dummies and co-founder of Culture Magazine, Lassa Skinner, you’ll taste, listen, and ask your way through the basics of what cheese is, how and where it’s made and how it’s classified. Also take away key tasting skills that will enhance your appreciation of cheese for the rest of your life. $69, Buy tickets here. 2124 Folsom St. (415) 346-7530.