Foodie Agenda: Wente Vineyards' Front Porch Music Fest, Cheesemaking, Luckyrice, and more


Here's our weekly list of all the things happening at the culinary moment in San Francisco. Treat your taste buds to one of these mouthwatering events.

Friday, August 30th

As the summer season comes to a close, Hurley's Restaurant in Yountville will host its final Friday Night BBQ, complete with happy hour drink specials, no corkage fee if you BYOW, and delicious grilled treats; think Grilled Caribbean Chicken Strips, Roasted Loin of Pork, Grilled Monterey Sardines, alongside heirloom tomato salad, warm cabbage salad, and grilled corn on the cob. Iced melons, fresh fruit, and blueberry and nectarine crisp round things out. 4 - 6 pm. No reservations: first come, first seated. 6518 Washington St., Yountville CA 94599

Saturday, August 31st

Don't miss Wente Vineyards' equivalent of Outside Lands, the Front Porch Music Festival, in lovely Livermore. Not only will you get to feel the warmth from the sun along with the world-class wine selection at your fingertips, you'll get to relax on the lawn to the sounds of awesome bands like The Lone Bellow, The Kin, Wolf Hamlin & The Front Porch Drifters, Crawdad Republic, and more. Maybe you'll get a tan while you're at it! Tickets are $20 at, or $30 at the door. 5565 Tesla Road, Livermore Valley. Gates open at 2 pm, close at 9 pm.

Starting September 4th

Don't miss the MexicanTruffle Celebration at Rosa Mexicano, which runs through October 6th. It pays homage to the mysterious plant fungus which grows on corn, Huitlacoche, which is a delicacy throughout Mexico. Sound weird? It's not! Known for its mushroom-like flavor, Huitlacoche is sweet, savory, woody and earthy, and typically used as a filling in quesadillas and in soups. Rosa Mexicano's celebration will feature special dishes to be ordered a la carte or in prix-fixe menus. Here is the full menu. 30 Mission Street, 415-874-4300

September 6th

Luckyrice Festival is coming to San Francisco for the first time ever, and if we were you, we'd snap up tickets ASAP. Here's why: Helmed by Chef Masaharu Morimoto and a slew of the best chefs in the city, Luckyrice brings the best local Asian grub and cocktails to the iconic Ferry Building, not to mention the fact that there will be specialty Bombay Sapphire East cocktails served throughout the evening (it's the official spirit of the festival). Yum! Seriously, one look at the tasting and drink menus will have you sold in no time flat.

September 12th and 13th

It's never the wrong time to learn how to make cheese! Master instructor Ivan Larcher, a French maestro who is also a consultant to cheesemakers in North America, Israel, Slovenia, Croatia, Spain, Morocco, Algiers and in the United Kingdom (damn!), comes to the Cheese School of San Francisco next month. He'll teach a two-day workshop on a Reblochon cheesemaking procedure, followed by technical focus in the afternoon, troubleshooting, yield control, affinage and aroma development. On day two, it'll focus on soft goat and sheep milk cheeses and why they're special. Click here to sign up.

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